There are a number of ways to get running in Cambridge, from clubs and groups, to free routes and meetups.
Walk Before You Run programme
Our free four-week online course is designed to support you to improve your walking fitness before starting a beginners’ running programme.
- 3 weekly walking sessions and a 15-minute strength workout each week
- Complete the sessions at a time, place and pace to suit you
- Find out more about the Walk Before You Run programme
Women’s only running
Let’s Run Girls Cambridge is a beginners women only running group organised and led by qualified volunteer run leaders.
New beginners’ blocks will start regularly throughout the year in Abbey, Chesterton, Trumpington and the city centre.
For more information visit the Let’s Run Girls website or Let’s Run Girls Facebook group.
Mixed running clubs and groups
Jolly Joggers Group
Social, free group runs led by volunteer run leaders for absolute beginners and improvers. The group runs go from the Abbey Pool on Mondays at 10am. For more information visit the Run Together website.
Cambridge and Coleridge Athletics Club
Cambridge and Coleridge Athletics Club offers athletics, cross country, fell running and road running sessions for children and adults. The club also offers wheelchair racing. For more information visit the Cambridge and Coleridge Athletics Club website.
Cambridge Running Group
A meet-up group for runners of all ages and abilities to get out and enjoy running with other people. The group caters for everyone: from total beginners, to those training for competitive events. For more information visit the Cambridge Running Group on Meetup
Run for your Life
Social, free group runs led by volunteer run leaders and catering for all abilities. The group runs go from Cherry Hinton, Cambridge Science Park, Coleridge and the West Cambridge Site. For more information visit the Run Together website.
Parkruns are free weekly 5-kilometre runs – although you can jog or walk if you prefer.
Coldham’s Common parkrun and Storey’s Field parkrun take place every Saturday at 9am. There is also a junior parkrun, a 2-kilometre run for 4 to 14-year-olds, on Sundays at 10am.
You must register on the parkrun website before you can take part.
321 run, walk or push routes
In partnership with Run England, we have marked out different running, walking or push routes for you to follow on our popular open green spaces in Cambridge. They have been marked with Run England's small circular discs to guide you around the route and show you the distances covered. Look out for them along the route.
Maps of the routes for each green space show start and finish points and include information about the route such as type of terrain and accessibility. They are also available to view on site at the start points.
- Coldham’s Common: This is a 2km route around the common and green pitches. Unfortunately it's not buggy or wheelchair accessible due to a foot bridge with stairs.
Coldham’s Common 2km route [PDF, 0.8MB]
- Cherry Hinton Hall: This is a 2km route around the park. This route is buggy accessible but not wheelchair due to the narrow paths and uneven surfaces.
Cherry Hinton Hall 2km route [PDF, 0.6MB]
- Jesus Green and Midsummer Common: This is a lovely 2.5km route along the river bank and around both Midsummer and Jesus Green parks. Both buggy and wheelchair accessible.
Jesus Green 2.5km route [PDF, 1MB]
- Trumpington Country Park: This is a 3km route around the country park and nature reserve, and Byron's Pool. It is buggy and wheelchair accessible but some part of the route through Byrons Pool has uneven surfaces and broken branches with it being a wooded area.