The Phoenix Foundation

At Stevenage Phoenix we put running and our members at the heart of all we do. 

Our 10 week foundation programme is designed to take people from the couch to running 5k. We do that through a set of progressive training sessions that blend running and walking until you are able to continuously run a 5k, at your pace. The Foundation is also aimed at those runners who are currently struggling to run 5k continuously.

We had 36 people start our first programme on 4th January 2023 and they celebrated their first continuous 5k run at the Stevenage parkrun on 25th February!

We meet on Wednesdays at 6:45pm from the Hampson Park car park (What3words basin.galaxy.pest) This gives us easy access to the cycleway network along Grace Way, Martins Way and Fairlands Way, including the park.

The programme is designed for people who are non runners to those that are struggling to run 5k continuously or returning to running after an injury. All we ask is that those attending the programme aim to complete three training sessions each week - one with the club and two solo or with their friends. At the end of the programme we celebrate by completing a 5k parkrun and all ‘graduates’ receive a commemorative certificate and are encouraged to join the Stevenage Phoenix running club to continue their running.  It’s totally FREE, its totally FUN and totally FRIENDLY!

The next 10 week programme starts on Wednesday 3rd January 2024.

Shown above is a sample of our 10 week programme

Who is the Phoenix Foundation for and what are the benefits?

The Phoenix Foundation is for complete beginners to those that are struggling to run 5k continuously. If you have any health concerns about beginning an exercise regime like this, make an appointment to see a GP and discuss it with them first. 

What are the benefits? 

There are plenty of benefits from getting into running. For starters, it's an easy way of improving your physical health. Running requires little equipment, but a good pair of running shoes that suit your foot type may help improve comfort and will reduce the risk of injury. Running regularly will improve the health of your heart and lungs. It can also help you lose weight, especially if combined with a healthy diet. There's evidence it may help increase bone density in some people, which can help protect against bone diseases like osteoporosis. There are also mental benefits of running. Taking on the challenge of running 5k can help boost your confidence and self-belief, as you prove to yourself that you can set yourself a target and achieve a goal. Running regularly can also be a great stress reliever and has even been shown to combat depression. 

With Stevenage Phoenix we will support you through the programme. At the end of it you will be ready to run your 5k and will also be able to join in with the other club‘s training sessions. 

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