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Andrew took up running after a routine medical check-up revealed he had high blood pressure.
Expert advice to get you started on the Couch to 5K running plan, including what to wear, warming up and nutrition.
Helen Cleary took up running after losing her father and brother to heart disease.
C25K graduate Julia tells how a shared passion for running brought her closer to her son.
Father-of-two Aftab says he discovered running after losing a close friend through a heart attack.
Loraine tells how she dropped three dress sizes after starting the Couch to 5K running plan.
Our C25K plan is designed to get just about anyone off the couch and running 5km in nine weeks.
10 tips to improve your running technique to help you run faster, over longer distances and avoid injury.
Whether you're a weekend warrior or competitive athlete, find out what the science says about the benefits of stretching.
Stretching exercises to do after a run to gradually cool down and improve your flexibility.
Lorraine is one of hundreds of Couch to 5K graduates who have signed up to parkrun.
A week-by-week description of the nine-week Couch to 5K podcasts.
A runner's diary charting the highs and lows of the nine-week Couch to 5K plan for beginners.
Laura was a fitness phobe before she discovered the Couch to 5K running programme.
Great tips to keep you motivated once you've completed the Couch to 5K running programme.
Use our race finder to find a run near you to set your next challenge and stay motivated.
Andy Stevenson was looking for an exercise to lose weight and get fit and found Couch to 5K was just the ticket
Couch to 5K graduates tell how they teamed up online to take on the mighty 5x50 challenge.
Christine and Stewart Logie share their experiences of taking part in the Couch to 5K running programme.
Running to music can help you run more efficiently and for longer. Find out how to create your own playlist.
Take your running to the next level with new podcasts for Couch to 5K graduates.
Knee exercises to help you run better, run pain-free and avoid knee pain.
Fitness editor Steven Shukor visits running experts StrideUK to have his running technique analysed.
Find out how you can use interval training to improve your running speed.
The five most common running injuries, what to do if you get one, and how to prevent getting injured.
Aimee never enjoyed exercise until she started running. She tells what keeps her going.
Father-of-two Cliff Hobby tells how Strength and Flex improved his running.
Justin took up running after a long break from exercise. He tells how music has improved his running.
Ironman world champion Chrissie Wellington reveals her running secrets.
Find out the most common barriers to exercise and get advice on how to overcome them.
Angela Sherwin, 42, says the Couch to 5K running plan has improved her self-confidence.
Don't let cold weather put you off running. Use these tips to stay on track in winter.
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