Couch to 5K

Our next Couch to 5K course starts on Wednesday 1st May. Email us at if you have any questions about it or would like to join it.

Would you like to improve how fit you are? Do you wish you could lose some weight? Would you like to learn how to run?

We run a beginners course, similar to the NHS Couch to 5K program, that will not only build your ability to run, but also help you to love running.

Each week we will meet to run as a group on a Wednesday evening at 6.15pm, and you will be give given two homework runs to do at another time. Over the course of the 9 weeks you’ll steadily build your stamina doing a combination of running and walking, while getting used to the routes we do as a club.

Our aim is to get you feeling confident in your abilities and build up your fitness so, eventually, you can take on any challenge you wish.

By the end of the course, you’ll be able to confidently complete a parkrun, you’ll be a part of an England Athletics Affiliated running group, and you’ll have new friends. And, you get a certificate too to commemorate your achievement!

It costs £15 to join our Couch to 5K course. For this you get the full supportive training programme, as well as a year’s membership to the Woodthorpe Huffers and Puffers running and walking club. (If you would like to be individually affiliated to England Athletics in order to gain discounts and compete in races there will be a surcharge of £16 due on completion of the course)

We have taught hundreds of people to run over the past few years. Most of whom couldn’t run for a minute when they started, so don’t worry about your level of fitness, running experience or ability – we don’t care what level you start at as long as you’re prepared to get sweaty and have fun!

Our aim is to have most of you running 3 miles, (which is 5k) by the end of the course, but we know that it can take some a little longer than this. If so, we’ll be on hand to support you reach your goals.

For information on the benefits of exercise check out the NHS LiveWell site.

If you have any questions about our Couch to 5K course please contact us.