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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.


Our Walk Durham, Run Durham and Cycle Durham programmes are currently on hold.

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Run Durham

What does Run Durham offer?

  • Get Run Ready
  • Regular Couch to 5K running courses
  • safe risk assessed routes
  • the option of taking part in a parkrun UK at the end of a course
  • information on recreational running opportunities across County Durham

Get Run Ready

Join our running programme for beginners, the programme includes six weekly sessions designed to build your confidence, improve your wellbeing and gently introduce you to running through a mixture of walking and jogging. 

Get Run Ready focuses on taking some time to get outdoors and do some exercise! This course is for complete beginners and will start over at a gentle pace, slowly progressing throughout the weeks.

Download our six week  Icon for pdf Get Run Ready (PDF, 116.3kb)  programme.

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 instructor Couch to 5k sessions are currently on hold however these can be completed on your own by following government guidance. 

Run Together

Created by England Athletics, the national governing body for running and athletics, it provides fun, friendly, supportive and inclusive opportunities for everyone in England, visit Run Together for more information on events and activities. 

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.

Contact us
Culture and Sport
03000 266 555
Our address is:
  • Regeneration and Local Services
  • County Hall
  • Durham
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH1 5UL
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