The idea for the Fit Like Joggers came about at the end of 2015, when a group of local friends fancied doing something to help get them running. They enlisted David Scott to help, and he came across the Couch to 5k programme. Fast forward nine weeks, and these vanguards of the FLJs managed so successfully, that we took a huge team to the Balmoral 5k in April of 2016
A new C25k group began soon after, followed by two further groups in each of 2017 and 2018
Over the years, the groups have grown, and we have seen so many faces come through our ranks, many of whom remain running with us.
We have had great tales of success, and many of the team have gone on to complete not just 5ks, but then 10ks, half marathons, marathons, and even ultra marathons
In 2017 we launched our FLJ team kit - with the purple t-shirts seeing their debut at the Great Aberdeen Run. The purple is now one of the most identifiable team colours in the north east, and is only enhanced by our purple gazebo, bought in 2018. This really adds to our presence at events, and since its debut at Balmoral, has been seen at the Baker Hughes 10k, Great Aberdeen Run and Crathes half marathon.
In 2018 we launched our Leader Training programme, and were so pleased that over 30 of our runners have stepped up to help lead the different groups, as we split the runs into "Faster", "Longer" and "Jogger" groups, to give people a bit more variety. Our run leaders do an amazing job, and we are so grateful to all of them. Many of them have only recently come through the C25k themselves, so it is incredible to have them on board in this new role
We are well known for our social side too
The Couch to 5k programme includes "mid-programme drinks" as well as an amazing graduation dinner
We held a successful summer barbecue, and the year is topped off with our famous Prosecco Run and Awards Night in December
And of course, there will always be prosecco flowing at any of the races we are attending. It's all part of the fun
So what does this all cost, you might ask?
You get all this ABSOLUTELY FREE! Well, not entirely - you can pay for your own dinner, buy the occasional raffle ticket, pop some pennies in the prosecco pot, and maybe offer the leaders the occasional drink
Still, we think it's not a bad deal