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Group running in Canberra

Ashleigh Went

For many women, ‘running’ is intimidating – something only done by the fittest of the fit. But it’s a fantastic and flexible way to get fit, make friends and discover your city. One way to get into running is to reach out and find yourself a fitness tribe; a group of people who can encourage you, mentor you and importantly, keep you accountable.

If your 2015 resolutions are running focused, you needn’t look far. Luckily Canberra is blessed with a great number of running and fitness groups that can help you stick to your plans, get results and provide an enjoyable journey along the way.

I’ve already shared with you my love for the Maple + Clove Runner’s Group, but there’s also lots of other social clubs, Females in Training (FIT), Parkrun at various locations throughout Canberra, local athletics clubs, and plenty of other options.

One of the most popular is the YMCA Runners Club of Canberra (formerly the ACT Cross Country Club). With about 1,000 members ranging from new runners through to veterans, you’ll find camaraderie and support – and there are training groups to make sure you’re prepared.

The YCRC Half Marathon Training Group is sure to help you complete the challenge of your first half marathon, or set a new PB. The program costs $180 for existing members, or $225 for non-members (which includes a 12 month membership). It’s a pretty small sum to pay in return for what you’re getting, which includes a 13-week program, entry into the Weston Creek Half Marathon and the YMCA Canberra Half Marathon, mentoring and advice from running veterans, a YCRC training shirt, and a pre-race dinner with the group for that all important carb loading.

Being part of a running group is such a great experience. It’s a lot easier getting up early in the morning when there’s the assurance of friendly faces and there’s the added motivation of people who will know if you don’t show up. The advice that you get from experienced runners is invaluable, and many of the YCRC team have numerous half marathons and marathons under their belts.

It’s the perfect opportunity to meet new people, start your day with that glorious endorphin high and make some serious progress towards achieving a new challenge – so make sure you get on board!

Want to know more?

For more information or to register visit the YCRC website.

Get our advice on how to get run-ready here.

Dates for your Canberra running diary

Sunday 22 February 2015 –  The Color Run – 5km walk, dance, jog or run

Sunday 1 March 2015 – YMCA Women and Girl’s Fun Run – 5km walk, jog or run with free child care available

Monday 9 March 2015 – Sri Chinmoy – 10km and 4km fun run

Saturday 21 March 2015CBR100 Challenge – 25km, 50km, 100km run and walk

Saturday 11 April 2015 – Australian Running Festival – 5km and 10km run

Sunday 12 April 2015 – Australian Running Festival – 21km Half Marathon, 42km Marathon,  50km Ultra Marathon

Sunday 10 May 2015 – Mother’s Day Classic – 5km run or walk and a 10km run

Saturday 23 May 2015 – YMCA running events – 1.6 km Mini Jog (for children under 12yrs), 5km Fun Run (all ages)

Sunday 24 May 2015 –  YMCA Canberra Half Marathon – 21.1km half marathon

Sunday 15 October 2015 YWMA Women and Girls’ Jogalong – 1.6 km Mini Jog (for children under 12yrs), 3km mixed event (all female ages and boys under 13years), and 6km handicapped walk jog or run.

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Ashleigh Went

HerCanberra ACTIVE Editor Ashleigh Went has a passion for all things health and wellness. As someone who loves champagne and cheese almost as she loves a sweaty workout, she's all about living a healthy, balanced lifestyle. She can usually be found with her nose in a book, planning her next adventure, in the gym or updating her Instagram @wentworthavenue. More about the Author