From couch to 5k to colour run!

Local charity Children in Crossfire have gained the support of Derry City Council’s Healthy Towns Couch to 5k programme which has been funded by the local Public Health Agency for their Colour Run Event on March 22.

A spokesperson said: “The Colour Run is less about your 10-minute-mile and more about having the time of your life. Everyone is welcome and we’re encouraging the fast, the slow, runners, walkers, old, and young to join in the world wide phenomenon that is said to be the funniest 5K on the planet.  So whether you are an experienced

runner beginning your marathon training, still on the couch but with a training programming in your hand, or just want to go out with your kids and have some fun, don as much white gear as possible and come join Children in Crossfire in March.

Having Derry City Council support for the event means a lot to the local charity. Children in Crossfire’s JR Mc Laughlin said: “Through programmes Like Derry City Council’s C25K programme, enthusiastic and driven people like Thomas McCallion are giving people the confidence and opportunities to benefit from a healthier lifestyle.  We are delighted to have their support for The Colour Run. The event celebrates the amazing attitude of the people of our City, helps us all get a little fitter, and provides the resources necessary to carry on our vital work in Tanzania and Ethiopia.”

Thomas McCallion of Derry City Council said: “For many years Derry City Council have been working to introduce activities and programmes that appeal to all sections of the community regardless of age or ability. The ‘Couch to 5k’ programme has been wonderfully taken up and we must thank the Public Health Agency for backing our efforts to support more and more adults to get off the sofa and onto their feets. In particular we are delighted to be working with the Live & learn Team Action on Hearing Loss Project from Derry and in doing so we are providing inclusive opportunities for this community to take part in our C25K programme and to finish that programme by taking part in the Children In Crossfire Colour run which everyone is so excited about.

Stephanie O’Kane, Action on Hearing Loss is delighted the Couch to 5K challenge is open to people who are Deaf sign language users and people who live with hearing loss. “When we approached the Derry City Council coaches we were delighted to have their co-operation by making the programme more visual and therefore more accessible for the Deaf community and people with hearing loss. This is undoubtedly going to be a fun-packed event for a great and worthy cause, and I would like to encourage everyone who has a hearing loss or from the Deaf Community to get involved and make their own contribution to what will be a very colourful event.”

You can  register for the Colour Run online at The Children in Crossfire website or by phoning the team on 028 71269898 .  If you are in town you can call in person to 2 St Joseph’s Avenue Registration fees Adults £15/€20   Children £7/€10

. Please register as soon as you can to avoid disappointment. Pre Registration is essential.