Back in March and April of this year as a part of Basildon New Town's 70th Anniversary celebrations, Basildon Council and Everyone Active put out a call for 70 people who wanted to become more active and take part in a free Backside to Trackside fitness programme starting in May 2019. The response was amazing and July saw our self-proclaimed 'Backsiders' complete their 5km Fun Run - a huge achievement for all.
Over 70 participants were guided through a learn-to-run programme by Everyone Active's personal trainer Andy Stead as they built their fitness. They also supported each other and shared their progress, videos and photos in a facebook group. The group have bonded through shared experiences and the level of support from participants has been incredible, they plan to stay in touch and continue their fitness journeys together.
Throughout the programme there were opportunities for participants to take part in other fun themed taster sessions including boxing, karate and walking football.
We've seen behavioural changes such as taking the stairs and walking to work as a result of this programme.
At the 5k Fun Run, around 30 people, cheered on by their friends and family, jogged, ran or walked 5k around the athletics track at Basildon's Sporting Village whilst a couple who were on holiday sent photos of their 5k run from Le Mans and more photos are still coming in from participants who couldn't make the event.
You can see photos of the 5k Fun Run day here: Backside to Trackside Facebook Album.
Do you fancy making new friends whilst getting more active in a supportive and no-pressure environment? We're looking at running Backside to Trackside again in 2020, register your interest here:
We look forward to hearing from you!