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Get into running

If you want to take your first steps in improving your health and fitness, or if you just want to stay healthy running is cheap, fun and easy to do. If you're looking to start running, or want to get out running more, this page has information to help you.

Run Durham

What does Run Durham offer?

  • regular Couch to 5K running courses
  • safe risk assessed routes
  • the option of taking part in a Durham Parkrun at the end of a course
  • information on recreational running opportunities across County Durham

Couch to 5K

Across the county we are delivering free Couch to 5K running courses. Couch to 5K is for everyone, whether you have never run before, or if you want to get back into being more active, Couch to 5K is a free and easy way of getting fitter, happier and healthier in just 10 weeks. The plan works because it starts with a mix of running and walking, to gradually build up your fitness and stamina. Week one involves a target of running for two minutes at a time, followed by walking for four minutes, creating realistic expectations and making the challenge feel achievable right from the start. The weekly sessions are approximately 45 minutes in duration and include warm up and cool down activities.

Start Date                 DayStart Time                       Location       

Meeting Point                     

9 September 19   Monday9.00amFencehousesWoodlea Primary School
H4 6AR
Course full
9 September 19Monday6.00pmCoundonCommunity Gym
Grey Gardens
DL17 8LZ
9 September 19Monday6.00pmChester-le-StreetRiverside Sports Pavillion
Female only

Course full
9 September 19Monday6.00pmSpennymoorTudhoe Cricket Club
St Charles Road
DL16 6JY
9 September 19Monday6.15pmLanchesterLanchester Social club car park
Newbiggin Lane
9 September 19Monday6.30pmEsh WinningEsh Winning Library
The Wynds
9 September 19Monday6.30pmChester-le-StreetRiverside Sports Pavillion
Male only
10 September 19Tuesday6.00pmConsettConsett Leisure Centre
Course full
10 September 19Tuesday6.00pmStanleyNorth Durham Academy
High Street
Course full
10 September 19Tuesday6.30pmStanhopeDurham Dales Centre car park
Castle Gardens
DL13 2FJ
11 September 19Wednesday6.15pmCrookCrook Community Leisure
Peases West
DL15 9AH
11 September 19Wednesday6.30pmOustonOuston Community Centre
Course full
12 September 19Thursday5.00pmNewton AycliffeNewton Aycliffe Leisure Centre
Beveridge Arcade
Newton Aycliffe
12 September 19Thursday6.15pmLangley ParkCommunity gym
Langley Park Primary School
16 September 19Monday9.00amCrookHartside Primary School
DL15 9NN
18 September 19Wednesday9.00amSpennymoorKing Street Primary School
High Grange Road
DL16 6RA

Run Together has been created by England Athletics, (National Governing Body for running and athletics) to provide fun, friendly, supportive and inclusive running opportunities for everyone in England.

Visit the Run Together website to book yourself a place on the next Couch to 5K courses. You must be aged 16 years and over to take part.

Running clubs

There are a number of affiliated athletics clubs across the county. Whether you are new to running, need encouragement to continue running or want to improve at running, a running club may help you. Visit Club Durham's club finder to find a club near you.

Running events

See our Walking and running news and events page. Alternatively Future races near North East England outlines all the running events in the region and beyond.

Become a volunteer run leader

Visit our Culture and sport volunteering portal to find out more about becoming a volunteer run leader.

About Run Durham

Run Durham is a partnership between Durham County Council, County Durham Sport and England Athletics aimed at establishing a coordinated delivery of recreational running opportunities across County Durham. The main focus of the project is to develop a clear programme of 'entry level' activity for those who are inactive and then provide support to maintain activity levels with clear routes of progression.

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