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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 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.

The following Run Durham Free Couch to 5K running courses will be starting in April/May 2018.

To take part visit the Run Together website to book your place. Please note places are limited to adults over 16 years.

(Booking is essential as places are limited - Age 16+)

Start DayTimeLocationStarting point

Monday 16 April

6.00pm

Coundon

Coundon Community Fitness Suite
Grey Gardens
Community Centre
DL17 8LZ

Wednesday 18 April

 

6.15pm

Crook

Peases West Sports Centre
Roddymoor
Crook
DL15 9AH

Thursday 19 April

6.15pm

Langley Park

Community gym
DH7 9XN

Sunday 22 April

10.00am

Bishop Auckland

Bracks Farm Car Park
DL14 8DN

Tuesday 1 May
(course full)
6.00pmStanley

North Durham Academy
DH9 0TW

Tuesday 1 May6.00pmConsett

Leadgate Community Centre
DH8 7PP

Wednesday 2 May6.00pmChester-le-StreetRiverside Sports Pavilion
DH3 3SJ
Thursday 3 May
(course full)
6.30pmSeahamSeaham Marina
SR7 7EA
Thursday 3 May4.30pmSpennymoorGreenlane Council Offices DL16 6JQ

Visit the Run Together website to find out where your nearest Couch to 5K programmes are.

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. 

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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