From couch to 5k

People looking to improve their fitness this summer are being encouraged to participate in a programme of free activities across Durham, including in Bishop Auckland.

In partnership with England Athletics and County Durham Sport, Durham County Council is running further Couch to 5K programmes which begin in late April.

Aimed at getting absolute beginners into running, the plan starts with a mix of running and walking to gradually build up fitness and stamina.

The courses will start on Monday, 24th April at Woodhouse Close Leisure Centre at 6pm.

Another course in the local area will begin the day after on Tuesday, 25th April at Shildon Leisure Centre, also from 6pm.

And for those less keen on running, courses are also taking place to inspire people to get back in the saddle.

Those wanting to enjoy the warmer weather can take part in a summer evening ride at Auckland Castle, taking place every Thursday from 27th April between 6pm and 8pm.

All sessions are available for those aged over 16.

To take part contact Victoria Lee on 03000 260856 or email

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