Beginners’ group

UPDATE: The date of our next beginners’ course in spring 2020 has not yet been confirmed. However, if you’d like to be notified when our next course is due to begin, please  get in touch with us at

Always wanted to run, but never tried? Been away from running for a while? Are you 12 or over?* Then our beginners’ group is for you.

Our sessions, meeting in Chopwell Wood, are guaranteed fun. The goal after eight weeks, depending on individuals, is to run five kilometers without stopping.

Chopwell Wood is the perfect location to find your running feet – away from roads and tarmac, in beautiful surroundings – it would be pretty hard to come here and not be inspired.

We are lucky to have Chopwell Wood on our doorstep as a club – it is located just off the B6315 between Rowlands Gill and High Spen (Sat Nav Postcode: NE39 1LT) and is managed by Forestry England.

If you do get the bug, you can join our club to continue your running journey – Derwent Valley Running Club is a friendly club for all ages and abilities, based in Rowlands Gill.

Email for info and to book your place.

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When: Wednesdays 7pm start (approx. 60 min session) – date TBC

Where: Chopwell Wood main car park

2019 cost: £10 for the eight-week course (2020 price TBC). This would be deducted from your DVRC membership fee if you become a member at the end of the course, so you can join our other weekly sessions (normal full price: £35 per year).

*Please note: Under 16s to be accompanied by an adult.

The course is led by England Athletics-qualified run leaders who can remember just how it feels to get started!

Here’s how some of our members sum up their experience of doing the course:

 “Completing the couch to 5k with DVRC last year has been the best thing. I’m healthier, fitter and happier and still loving running”

” I never used to enjoy running with other people, now I don’t like running on my own” 

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Email for info and to book your place.


Thank you to Forestry England for looking after Chopwell Woods and giving us permission to hold our courses there.FE_Primary_Logo_Green (2)