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Beginners Couch to 5k programme 


What is it? 

Similar to the NHS couch to 5k programme - this is a programme for anyone who cannot run 5k without stopping.  

Please do not register if you can run 5k - you can join the main club or try the club out on our temporary offer. 

How does it work? 

A bit like the NHS couch-to-5k programme. This 8-week programme will start you running at 1.5 minute intervals and building to a full non-stop 5K.  

The course is inclusive and our volunteer leaders support runners of all paces - usually leading out at 12+ minute miles up front and 14+ minute miles at the rear. 

As a guide, Week 1 of the course will see you running in 90 second intervals for around 20 minutes, with walking breaks.  Running intervals widen each week, building up to 25 to 45 mins of running, depending on how long it takes you to run 5k

When and where?

Tuesday evenings meeting from 7pm at Talacre Centre, ready for a 7:15 sharp start.   Runs take place around Kentish Town, Primrose Hill, Camden and Hampstead Heath.  

All runs finish back at Talacre for refreshments provided by the club. 

Course dates for 2024

***All 2023 courses are now full or completed. We are now taking registrations for our 2024 courses that will run in January, April, July and September**

Dates tbc but please sign up to secure a place in 2024

How can i sign up? 

The first step is to register for our waitlist using the link below.    

Please do not pay to join the club before registering on the waitlist as we may not have an immediate place for you.  Please also note that this course is *not* available on the £5 temporary membership. 

What happens once I've registered on the waitlist?

You will receive a reply within one week confirming your position on the list.  Please check junk and spam mail

Beginners course costs

£45 if joining in any given January (15 months membership)*

£30 if joining at any other time of year (up to 12 months membership)*

*A discount of £10 can be applied to anyone unwwaged or in full-time education

What happens at the end of the 8-week course?

All graduates from the Beginners course will be offered a place on our Improvers course to help you build the confidence to get beyond 5k and to run distances up to 10K comfortably. 


Register for beginners now!