Ascension Running Community started in September 2019, after a local beginner running course which grew a wonderful, friendly and supportive group who enjoyed running together and didn’t want to stop! Together we recognised the huge benefits that running can have on our mental health and wellbeing and set up a weekly #RunAndTalk activity (connected with England Athletics and mental health organisation MIND) to promote good mental health and wellbeing through running together. We recently joined the Southampton Mental Health Network. Ascension Running Community encompasses the growing running-related activities of Ascension Church in Bitterne Park.

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Mondays 7th, 14th, 21st (Half term – activities TBC) and 28th February

18:00 – Mental health milesGentle social run aiming to help build up running confidence and distance, with option to run 1,2 or 3 miles.  If you can jog at least 1 mile without stopping or walking then you can join this session with this friendly and encouraging group.

19:00 – #RunAndTalkCommunity social 5km around the local area. You must be able to run 5km without stopping or walking for this session.  If you aren’t sure if you can do that currently then the 6pm group is a good way to test before coming along the first time. We don’t go fast, this run is about keeping going at a pace where we can chat comfortably as we go, we all stick together so nobody gets left behind.

(Both groups meet outside Ascension on Thorold Road – please remember hi vis and lights if you have them).


Friday 11th February

08:30 –  ‘School Run’ runMeet by the field behind Bitterne Park Primary school (accessed via River View Road) for a gentle social run in the park followed by coffee at Woodmill cafe.  All abilities welcome. If you have a preschooler in tow who is up for joining you for some gentle exercise or a scoot you are welcome too. Bring a warm layer and cash/card for the café.


Thursday 17th February
 – Men’s Run And Social.Meet outside the Hop Inn on Oaktree Road for a gentle 5km run together before heading back to the pub to continue our conversations over a pint/alternative refreshment.


If you would like to join us for the first time please get in touch ( before you come so that we can tell you anything you need to know before the session. You will need to register (free) with  You will then be able to sign on to our sessions via the link in the email, or by searching for Ascension Running Community through the RunTogether site.

If you are interested in any other activities not listed here, such as Beginner Running Courses, please let us know by email.We hope you can join us!Anna