Couch to 5k

We run a ‘Couch to 5k’ group for complete beginners to running. Our Autumn 2019 programme is fully subscribed, with our next programme planned for Spring 2020 which will last for 9 weeks. We’ll post details here once registrations are open.

I’ve never run before – can I still join? Our sessions are designed for complete beginners, and are suitable people of different fitness levels. We expect participants to have a range of abilities and to progress at different rates. We will adapt sessions to ensure everyone achieves their 5k goal.

Is the programme suitable for anyone? The sessions are suitable for adults, so anyone aged 18 or above – and no upper age limit!

How often are the sessions?  The sessions are weekly on Thursday nights for 9 weeks.

How long do the sessions take?  We start at 7pm and will be finished by 8pm.

Will I have to do anything between sessions?  You will be expected to do 2 lots of ‘homework’ each week, between sessions to build up your fitness.  You’ll be supported by us and other participants to keep you motivated.

How much does it cost?  The cost is £10 in total for the 9 sessions.

What happens at the sessions?  We’ll introduce the session, and start with a warm up, before the main session, then a cool down and stretch, before we give you your ‘homework’ for the week.

Will I be able to run 5k by the end of the sessions? Yes!  We’ll work with you to build up slowly so you will be able to run 5k at the end of 9 weeks.  We hope you’ll join us at a local parkrun to prove you really can run 5k!

Where do you meet?  We meet in the centre of Godalming, walking distance from both the train station and ample parking in Crown Court car park.  You can leave belongings securely locked away during the session.

How do I register? Once registration is open we’ll provide a link to the sign up form here.

Who runs the sessions?  Our c25k sessions are run by Godalming’s friendly, local running club, Waverley Harriers.  The leader is a volunteer, trained as a ‘Leader in Running Fitness’. Members of Waverley Harriers volunteer as ‘helpers’ so you’ll have a range of people with a wide variety of experiences to encourage you.

Where do we run?  We’ll run a mixture of routes on the paths and footpaths around Godalming and Farncombe.

What should I wear?  You’ll need to wear appropriate footwear such as trainers and clothes you can easily move about in.

What will I need to bring?  Just a drink, yourself, and your aim to run 5k!

How many spaces do you have? We have up to 24 spaces, which we allocate on a first come first served basis.

What happens after 9 weeks? If you want to continue running, we’ll let you know about a range of opportunities including local parkruns, the Broadwater 3-2-1 route and 5k+ sessions.