Couch to 5k

Ever fancied running, but looking for a place to start?
Join our next couch to 5K starting 1st April 2019 – Couch to City Runner!


We often receive inquiries from people looking to take that first leap into becoming a City Runner, but who perhaps do not have the confidence or experience to run our 5k route with us.

As we pride ourselves on being a club that caters for all levels of runner, we would like to ensure that everyone has the confidence and ability to join us. This is why we have devised a 9-week course called “Couch to City Runner” to help those who wish to bridge the gap between couch and fully fledged City Runner!

5k Graduation at Southwark Parkrun


The current course started in Janurary 2019 and finished on the 9th of March 2019. The next course starts on Monday 1st April 2019. We meet at 7pm and run every Monday thereon for 9 weeks.

Its costs just £50pp and you will be fully supported by a run leader and a team of volunteers every week. We will supply a training schedule, which will require you to do an additional two days training per week – but don’t worry – we will also provide support via your very own Couch to City Runner Facebook page and weekly emails from the course leader. Here is some feedback from our first course which was a sell out…

Best decision I took was to join this group! I couldn’t run 1 minute 10 weeks ago and here I am, just finished 5k in 35 mins! This running group brings you everything you need: support, hope, energy!!! Thanks very much, I feel very much part of the group and look forward to joining you every Tuesday!

Brilliant course, I’ve tried and failed to do the couch to 5k on my own and having the support of the volunteers and other runners has made all the difference


Couch to City Runner meets in our home, 130 Druid Street, ideally located close to the start of our regular running routes along the Thames and a great place to socialise with a drink post-run!

Our first Couch to 5k graduates even got on BBC Breakfast with Carol Kirkwood!


The course will begin with an introduction to walking/running over very short distances, with the aim of gradually increasing your stamina to complete a 5k run by the final week. Our new members will then “graduate” at our local parkrun, with a post-run celebration in true London City Runner style! You will then have the opportunity to join us for our regular Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday runs.

So if you would like to improve your fitness, get in shape and become a member of London’s biggest (and friendliest) running club, then simply put your name and email below and we’ll contact you with everything you need to know.

Coach to 5k Coach

Meet your course leader – Morgan

Morgan took up running in 2014 when she signed up to a Race For Life with her university housemates, she remembers wanting to pull out at kilometre 3, however she has been running ever since. She has now completed 3 half marathons and is training for her 4th

Morgan joined London City Runners when she moved back to London and regularly attends their Tuesday and Sunday runs. She loves running with a group and being able to share this with other people, she is really looking forward to helping others also find their love of running

Our next course will start in April 2019!

Please email us at to register your interest and ask any questions. Or just visit our online shop to sign up!