Merry Christmas from all at Blackburn C25K!

Merry Christmas from all at Blackburn Couch to 5K!

T’was the run before Christmas
… and all down the road
not a creature was stirring,
t’was the runner’s abode.

The snow had been falling
for many an hour,
and it covered all things
with it’s powdery shower.

Preparations were finished
for our Christmas delight,
I just needed to run
before sleeping the night.

My footfalls were silent
not a sound did I make
as I looked left and right
which path would I take?

But something inside me–
for no reason at all–
chose a new path ahead,
the least travelled of all.

I ran down the path
surefooted and strong,
for somehow I knew
that no foot would land wrong.

As I rounded a bend
‘neath a moon full and bright,
I was stopped in my tracks
by a wondrous sight.

T’was eight tiny deer,
and a sleigh coloured red,
and a bearded old man
who seemed very well fed.

He was pushing the sleigh,
pushed again, and then thrice,
but it moved not an inch—
it was stuck in the ice.

Then he looked up and saw me
standing there, mouth agape,
and he said “Can you help me?
I’ve a bit of a scrape.”

“I know you’re a runner,
not a magical elf.
But we’ve something in common
I’m a runner myself!”

So together we pushed,
with the deer pulling strong
till we broke the sleigh free–
got it moving along.

“Many Thanks for your help,
I’m not putting it mild–
You’ve helped save the day
for many a child!”

“Santa’s never met a runner
that he didn’t like,
so for someone at home
here’s a shiny new bike!”

“And although you might think
you’re too old for all that,
I’ve some nice gifts for you
hidden under my hat.”

“So here’s a head-torch
to light up the dark
and a Couch to 5K shirt
for your runs in the park.”

“Lets get everyone fit,
come what may,
everyone can join in
at the Couch to 5k.”

“For you’re never too old,
nor it too late to start,
if the Magic of Witton
lives on in your heart.”

His parting words filled my soul
as my house came in sight–
“Merry Christmas to all!
And to all a Good Night!”

Join Us!

The next plan begins on Sat 4th January 2020 and ends with the Celebration Event on Sat 7th March 2020.

The venue is Witton Park, Blackburn. We meet in the C25K compound which is just off the main car park at Witton Park Arena.

  • Saturday at 9am (C25K, Social Run, Sport Walking)
  • Monday at 7pm (C25K, Social Run, Sport Walking, Progression Groups)
  • Thursday at 7pm (C25K, Social Run, Sport Walking, Progression Groups)

Frequently Asked Questions


Can you help?

There’s still time to take part by volunteering as a run/walk leader of volunteer. Please complete the application form if you can help.

Apply now

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Run/walk leaders are solely responsible for ensuring that cover is provided in their absence.  You will liaise with your co-run leaders and volunteers to ensure that the group runs each session. This is the responsibility of the role. In the event that you can’t organise cover, after you have exhausted all avenues, then the group coordinators should be notified.

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