Beginners running group in Bolton

Based at Leverhulme Park in Bolton, our beginners running group aims to get anyone to be able to run 5k. Whether you are an absolute beginner or have been doing some running or jogging on your own, our group is designed to give you the confidence to tackle your first 5k.

Based around the NHS 'couch to 5k' program, we use a progressive system, gradually building up both the time and distance we cover each week. This approach makes the 5k target achievable for everyone. Whats more, it's totally FREE.


Leverhulme Park, Long Lane, Bolton BL2 6EB
We meet in the car park at the side of the running track, next to the Bus terminus.
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We meet every Monday evening at 6:30pm.
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About us

Our running group leaders are all experienced runners, with many years taking part in all distances from the mile to the marathon.


Paul is a former international athlete having represented England on the track, road and cross country. He has many honours and titles to his name from being Lancashire champion on the track to World Masters Half Marathon Champion. Paul is a UK Athletics Level 2 coach and England Athletics Run Leader.


Darren has been running for over 35 years, since joining Bolton Harriers at the age of 10. He has taken part at county level on the track and cross country. Darren is an England Athletics Run Leader.

Whilst we've taken part in running around the world and competed at a high level, the group is about making running available and achievable to everyone. The goal in setting this group up is to help the community get fitter and healthier in a friendly environment. Attendance is totally FREE.