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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 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.

Visit the Run Together website to book yourself onto the Couch to 5K. You must be aged 16 years and over to take part.

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.

 

Start Date

Day

Start Time

Location

Meeting Point

Notes

29 April

Monday

6.00pm

Coundon

Community Gym
Grey Gardens
Coundon
DL17 8LZ

 

29 April

Monday

6.15pm

Lanchester

Lanchester Social club (Car Park)
Newbiggin Lane
Durham
DH7 0PF

Course full

29 April

Monday

6.30pm

Esh Winning

Hamsteels Community Centre
Western Avenue
Durham
DH7 9LS

 

30 April

Tuesday

6.30pm

Stanhope

Durham Dales Centre Car Park
Castle Gardens,
Stanhope
DL13 2FJ

Course full

1 May

 

 

Wednesday

6.15pm

Bishop Auckland

Woodhouse Close Leisure Centre
Woodhouse Lane
DL14 6JX

 

2 May

 

 

Thursday

6.15pm

Langley Park

Community Gym
Langley Park Primary School,
DH7 9XN

Course full

3 May

Friday

9.00am

Newton Hall Estate, Durham

Finchale Primary School
Canterbury Road
Durham
DH1 5XT

 

 7 May

Tuesday

3.00pm

Ferryhill

Ferryhill Ladder Centre
5-7 Coniston Rd,
Ferryhill
DL17 8EZ

 

7 May

Tuesday

6.00pm

Stanley

North Durham Academy
High Street
Stanley
DH9 0TW

 

7 May

Tuesday

6.30pm

Annfield Plain

Tesco Car Park
Station Road
Annfield Plain
Stanley
DH9 7UZ

Course full

8 May

Wednesday

6.15pm

Leadgate

Leadgate Surgery Car Park
Watling Street
Leadgate
Consett
DH8 6DP

Course full

8 May

Wednesday

6.15pm

Ouston

Ouston Community Centre
Iris Crescent
Ouston
Chester-le-Street
DH2 1RJ

Course full

9 May

Thursday

17.00

Newton Aycliffe

PCP Newton Aycliffe
Pioneering Care Centre,
Carer's Way,
Newton Aycliffe
DL5 4SF

Course full

13 May

Monday

6.00pm

Spennymoor/Tudhoe

Tudhoe Cricket Club
Oval Park,
Spennymoor
DL16 6JY

 

13 May

Monday

6.00pm

Seaham

Seaham Marina
The Waterside,
Seaham
SR7 7EE

 

13 May

 

Monday

6.30pm

Pelton

Pelton Community Centre
Front Street
Pelton
Chester-le-Street
DH2 1DE

Course full

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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