Get active with new Couch to 5k courses

People are being encouraged to make a healthy start to the New Year by signing up to a popular running programme.

Durham County Council’s Couch to 5K courses are aimed at people who are new to fitness or looking to get back into running.

The free courses start with a mix of walking and running to help people build their stamina, with the aim that after 10 weeks they are able to run 5K.

Each session lasts 45 minutes and includes a warm up and cool down.

More than 60 graduates of the course recently completed their first park run at Chester-le-Street Riverside Park. The runners had attended Couch to 5K sessions in Durham City, Pity Me, Leadgate and Stanley.

As well as taking part in the run, the group also raised £189 for the Great North Air Ambulance Service.

New courses start next week at the following locations:

  • Monday, 8 January – Coundon Community Fitness Suite, Grey Gardens – 6pm
  • Monday, 8 January – Riverside Sports Pavilion, Chester-le-Street – 6pm
  • Thursday, 11 January – Blackhall Community Centre, Hesleden Road – 1.30pm
  • Thursday, 11 January – Seaham Harbour Marina Activity Centre – 5.30pm
  • Wednesday, 21 February – Peases West Sports Centre, Roddymoor, Crook – 6pm

Cllr Ossie Johnson, Cabinet member for tourism, culture, leisure and rural issues, said: “The Couch to 5K initiative is fantastic. It’s made a lot of inactive people more enthusiastic about physical activity, which is great to see as it is a brilliant boost to physical and mental wellbeing.”

For more information about Couch to 5K sessions, visit

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