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Coltishall Jaguars Running Club are moving onto the former RAF Coltishall airbase on the Scottow Bus

Coltishall Jaguars Running Club are moving onto the former RAF Coltishall airbase on the Scottow Business park. Pictured are Vicky Tovell and Melvyn Porter.Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Couch potatoes are being trained to run a 10k race in just six weeks - with the help of a former Olympian.

Coltishall Jaguars Running Club are moving onto the former RAF Coltishall airbase on the Scottow Bus

Coltishall Jaguars Running Club are moving onto the former RAF Coltishall airbase on the Scottow Business park. Pictured are Vicky Tovell and Melvyn Porter.Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Distance runner Paul Evans, a Team GB finalist in the 1992 Olympics and winner of the Chicago marathon in 1996, has planned a programme of free training sessions designed to enable almost anyone to run 10k, or 6.25 miles.

He believes that with the right attitude and training aspiring runners could successfully target the 10k goal.

The six sessions, delivered weekly in conjunction with Coltishall Jaguars Running Club, will culminate on Sunday, June 5, with course participants registering to run in the Jaguars Mike Groves 10k race on the perimeter track at the former airbase.

Evans, now an athletics development officer for Norfolk, said: 'If you have recently made a change and got off your couch and become a 5k runner, maybe with the help of a certain app, then this could be your next challenge.


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'Or, maybe you just want to leap straight off that couch to target 10k? Well here's your opportunity.

'It would also be ideal for park-runners looking to double their distance.'

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The course commences on Tuesday, April 26, at Coltishall Village Hall and is open to all, free of charge with just a £12 entry fee for the Mike Groves race to pay. It will run for six consecutive Tuesday evenings. It is hoped everyone will graduate by completing the event on Sunday, June 5, and gaining a medal to mark their achievement.

The ASA registered race will be the first race to be held at Coltishall Jaguars new training base in Badersfield. Head coach Mel Porter said: 'It's an ideal course for beginners as it is flat, spacious and traffic free – which we know will also be appreciated by more experienced runners looking to achieve personal best times.

'But whatever your personal best or finish time, the Jags will be there to cheer you on and encourage you round.'

If you are interested in finding out more about the course or registering your name, contact Mel on 01603 736717 or Andy on 07967 880966.

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