Starting out running

Running (sounds better than jogging!) groups are a great way to learn a few tips and to run with others of a similar level.

There are lots of groups already around for you to join (some are listed below), or just get a group of friends and get started!

"Questions From Beginner Runners" was written to answer the most common questions asked by new runners, and by people returning after a layoff of at least a few years.

How Far Should I Run? explains how to safely increase your running distance without getting injured.

Map My Run allows you to check up on exactly how long that run (or walk or cycle) was that you just completed! Just choose the start address, plot the route using your mouse, and you'll find out the distance.

Get Up To Five is a 8-week programme to support people to be able to run 5km.  It includes weekly group sessions and a tool to track your progress.

ParkRun is a free weekly 5km fun run on Saturday mornings at locations throughout New Zealand, including Christchurch.

Join this national virtual run or walk network that aims to have as many people across the country out running and walking for their health. They run a series of specific 5km events during the year (often related to public holidays or special dates) as well as challenges over a set period of time or distance.

Join the Community Health Run or Walk

This weekly event has been created by some Canterbury DHB staff members. It's all about meeting others in the community and getting healthy together!

Date and Time: Wednesdays at 5.15pm.
Start Location: Pegasus Arms (Oxford Terrace).
Cost: Gold coin donation. All proceeds will go to a local charity.

Runners or walkers will leave the Pegasus Arms on a 3km, 5km or 8km course around or through Hagley Park. Cards and a timer will be provided so participants are able to record their time (if interested). It’ll also be for participants to sign that they took part. Families and dogs are welcome and encouraged to participate.

Those who can't make the scheduled event can complete their weekly run or walk any day or time as the cards will be kept at the Pegasus Arms. It’s hoped that prizes will be given out over the period of several weeks for regular participation.

Visit the Community Health Run Christchurch Facebook page for more information or email hello[at]

Team CP Running Groups

Improve your running by developing your running technique, strength and fitness with a bunch of other enthusiastic people. Your CP Coach will ensure that everyone is challenged to their own level and no one is left behind. These groups usually run on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Find out more about the Team CP Running Groups in Greater Christchurch.

Women's Running Group

This is a friendly all-year-round running/walking group for women of all fitness levels and abilities. Everyone is welcome.

Visit the PhysioMed Triathlon Facebook page for more information, or contact Barbara (027 271 9721 or info[at]