A new programme designed to get you off the couch and into running is launched this afternoon (Thursday March 14th) at Ionad Spòrs Leodhais (Lewis Sports Centre).

The ‘Couch to 5K’ fitness programme offers a chance to get fitter, to lose weight, to find out how to start running and to raise money for the Lewis branch of Cancer Research UK, all at the same time.

Friendly sports centre staff will help you get started and keep you on track during a weekly get together. The group will follow a carefully scheduled NHS programme, with new motivation every week.

The plan is that you will be fitter, healthier and happier in nine weeks’ time, ready for the Women's Cancer Challenge 5km, which is set for May 18th in Lews Castle Grounds. The 5k itself is optional and men won’t qualify to take part!

Sign-up for the new course is at 3:50pm today at the running track at ISL.

Please check with a health professional that it is safe for you to exercise if you have any medical condition.