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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 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 January 2018.

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

Start DayDurationTimeLocationStarting point

Monday 8 January

10 weeks



Coundon Community Fitness Suite
Grey Gardens
Community Centre
DL17 8LZ

Monday 8 January

(This course is now full)

10 weeks



Riverside Sports Pavilion
Riverside South

Thursday 11 January

10 weeks



Blackhall Community Centre
Hesleden Road
TS27 4LG

Thursday 11 January

10 weeks



Seaham Harbour Marina Activity Centre

Wednesday 21 February

10 weeks



Peases West Sports Centre
DL15 9AH

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

RunTogether 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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