Students, staff and their families have been pulling on their running shoes as part of a Highfields-run community fitness drive based on the national ‘Couch to 5k’ campaign.
Dozens of people have participated in weekly 45-minute sessions over the past term to build up their fitness levels.
After weeks of training, many of the group turned out at Wolverhampton’s West Park to complete a 5k run in glorious sunshine to showcase their achievements, before celebrating their success with a team meal.
As part of the programme, members of the group have learnt about the benefits of running and pace setting to help them achieve the final 5k goal.
Mr C Brickwood, Highfields’ Head of PE, who ran the programme, said: “We are delighted with how many people turned up each week to improve their fitness levels.
“The C25k course is open to all levels of fitness and all running abilities from novice to advanced, and provides an ideal opportunity for people to exercise with their family.
“There has been a fantastic atmosphere each week, with everyone going away enjoying the sessions. The final session of the C25k programme was the run in West Park. It was a fantastic morning, with glorious sunshine and everyone who took part setting a personal best.”
Despite the Couch to 5k course being complete, training sessions will continue until the summer holidays for anyone wanting to improve their fitness levels. Runs will take place around The Hamble, on Hamble Road, from 6.30pm every Thursday.