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Welcome to Lewes Athletic Club
Success Through Enjoyment


Downloaded the “Couch to 5K” app, but still stuck on the sofa?

Made a New Year’s Resolution to get fit, but not followed through?

Always wanted to do a parkrun, but never made it to the starting line?

Lewes AC’s fun and friendly beginners’ course can get you up and running – from 0 to 5K – in just 10 weeks!

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Running, as science tells us, is good for your body, it’s good for your mind and it’s good for your self-esteem. Joining our beginners’ course is also a great way to meet new people and make new friends. Plus it’s the perfect route back to running for anyone who’s had to take time out because of injury or ill-health.

Led by UK Athletics-qualified coaches and leaders, our 10-week beginners’ course will guide you gently from a standing start to being able to run non-stop for 30 minutes or more – and ultimately to be able to complete a parkrun or other 5K – all with the constant, encouraging support of like-minded people and in the gloriously healthy setting of the great outdoors.

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Here’s what some previous course graduates have had to say:

“I am so impressed with the quality of the instruction. THIS IS A SUPERB COURSE!!”

 “I really enjoyed the sessions and finished with a great sense of achievement”

 “The coaches are so supportive & knowledgeable – great camaraderie as well”

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Our 10-week beginners’ running courses take place twice a year, in Spring and Autumn, and are open to everyone aged 16+. (If you are looking for under-16 junior places, please see the Junior Academy page instead.)

Each weekly session lasts approximately 1 hour, and it only costs £30 for all 10 sessions. Plus, if you then decide to join the club, we’ll deduct that sum from your first membership fee.

So book yourself in, lace up your trainers and let Lewes AC set you on track towards your first 5K!


9.00am Saturdays, 2 September to 4 November

All sessions held at the Southdown Sports Club, Cockshut Road, BN7 3PR, except Day 8, held at the Lewes AC track behind Lewes Leisure Centre, Mountfield Road, BN7 2XG, and Day 10, held at Peacehaven Parkrun.

The Autumn 2023 course is now fully booked. To add your name to the waiting list for our Spring 2024 course please email us at: