Get fit, lose weight and run 5k in just 10 weeks STARTS MONDAY 17TH SEPTEMBER AT 6.30 PM

"My friends laughed when I told them that I’d started running. Then they saw me sprint across the finish line…”

Are you unable to run? If the answer’s ‘Yes’ then you’re in the right place. If you’re fed up of not having enough energy, carrying a few too many extra pounds and not doing enough exercise, then this programme is just for you. Carla Roxann who leads the programme knows all to well what it’s like to run for the first time. 

“I knew I wanted to get fitter, but I didn’t know where to start. The idea of running seemed impossible. But then I stumbled across a “Couch to 5k” run training programme. To begin with I jogged very slowly for about a minute and then walked and then I gently built it up from there. Now I love running. I’m a lot fitter, have much more energy and I’ve made lots of new friends. My self-confidence has come on leaps and bounds. 

Because of my experience I wanted others to benefit in the same way. I’ve put together a simple programme that allows non-runners to come together at the same starting point. It’s much more fun in a group because everyone supports each other. Once you’ve reached the end of nine weeks and you’ve completed your first 5k run, the sense of achievement is incredible.” - CARLA ROXANN



It starts on the Monday 17th September and lasts 10 weeks You’ll run each week on Monday at 6.45 pm and Wednesday at 6.30pm from the Northowram Sports Club. Saturday runs are at a time/place of your choosing. The whole course only costs £6!

The group will be limited to just 15 people, led by Carla and her team

All runners will be new to running – If you can walk, you can join in

You must be aged 16 or over but all shapes and sizes welcome

It only costs £6 and for that you'll get 10 weeks training and a 5k Challenge running top to spur you on

Exclusive ‘Couch to 5k’ Facebook group to share tips and provide support as you progress each week

The programme finishes on Saturday 24th November when you’ll complete your first 5k officially timed park run race in Brighouse. You’ll be cheered on by the Northowram Puma’s and you can invite along your friends and family too


Listen to what Paula Radcliffe has to say:


The best way to get started is to do it with a group of friends at a running club. You help each other, you support each other and motivate each other.

It's a safer environment to go out and enjoy your first step into running and you can go on that journey together sharing all the ups and downs and of course, sharing the fun!” 

PAULA RADCLIFFE Marathon World Record Holder


Check you can take part

Check the running programme to make sure that you can fit in at least 15 of the 18 runs, including the 5k run on the 24th November Click to download and view the running programme

Sign Up to The Programme

The deadline to book is Monday the 10th September, but don't wait until then. Every course is over subscribed. Secure your place now:

"I was a 20 stone girl not too long ago so I'm pretty proud that I’ve completed the London marathon. But saying that I'll still always be a plodder and I'm not the “typical athlete type”.

I love helping and encouraging the newbies at the running club and helping them know that they “can do it”, because I've been there and I remember what it was like.  

I can't wait to help those starting the 'Couch to 5k' programme. It's how I started and I can promise you that you won't regret joining up."  

RACHEL CALVERT Couch to 5k Graduate and Run Leader



Where: Northowram Sports Club, Westercroft View, Halifax, HX3 7EU

When: Starting Monday 17th September 6pm Then each Wednesday 6:30pm, Monday 6:45pm and Saturday at a time of your choosing 

Parking: plentiful street spaces

What to wear: Training shoes, light sports top, shorts or tracksuit bottoms