Running in Wigan and Leigh


Couch to 5k - Couch to 5k is designed to get you up off the couch and running 5k within 10 weeks. Grab your trainers and join us at one of our weekly sessions. Check out the calendar below for a full list of runs available or for more info on Couch to 5k, contact

Join Inspiring healthy lifestyles in your local green space for jogging sessions with our qualified run leaders.

Health benefits of running

Running is free, accessible and requires no special equipment (apart from a decent pair of trainers).

Almost anyone can become a regular runner, although it is important to start slowly and build up speed gradually.

Running is a great form of cardiovascular exercise and it can reduce your risk of heart attack, stroke, angina and high blood pressure.

It can help you to manage your weight, and, as it is a weight-bearing exercise, its great for strengthening bones too.

Running can help raise your mood and self-esteem, improve sleep, relieve stress and is a great opportunity to spend time with friends, family or ‘time out’ for you.

What you need to know

  • No need to book – just turn up
  • All sessions cost £1 – first session is free!
  • Leisure Centre member? Enjoy Beginners and Intermediate running sessions starting at Inspiring healthy lifestyles leisure centres - free!
  • Please wear comfortable clothing and running footwear
  • All new runners should arrive 15 minutes before start of their first session to register
  • Sessions start and finish at the same point and car parking is available at all venues (some charges may apply)
  • Sessions generally go ahead in most weathers, unless it is unsafe to do so (severe rain, storm, ice/snow, extreme heat)

What's new?

  • Couch to 5k - see calendar for details
  • Wigan Half Marathon training (part of Run Wigan Festival) - starting in January 2018.  Get up to the distance with our weekly training sessions; see calendar for details or visit our Active Outdoors Facebook Page.  For more information on how to enter the Half Marathon, Wigan 5k or Family Mile, visit Run Wigan Festival.


Calendar of organised running sessions

All sessions marked These Back to Sport sessions are free to leisure centre members on the calendar below are free to members of Inspiring healthy lifestyles leisure centres.