28th May 2019


British Athletics, working in partnership with the BBC, would like to invite all women to Get Inspired and take part in the Couch to 5k (C25K) initiative ahead of the action on the second and final day of the 2019 Muller Anniversary Games.

The free to enter event will take place from the iconic London Stadium at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, where it will host the seventh edition of Müller Anniversary Games in July, an event which was founded as the legacy to the 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games. This year’s event will play host to some of the world’s best athletes including Dina Asher Smith, Laura Muir, Andre De Grasse, Yohan Blake, Reece Prescod, Elaine Thompson and Dafne Schippers to name a few.

Couch to 5k celebrity ambassador and official British Athletics Ambassador for July’s Couch to 5k, Nell McAndrew said:

“It’s great that the Couch to 5k is taking part at the Muller Anniversary Games; you’ve got the atmosphere, you’ve got a fantastic occasion with world-class athletes, and it’s a exciting fantastic family weekend to be had.”

“Couch to 5k is really unique because it’s about targeting people who aren’t regular runners – they see people competing or running down the street doing their daily 6 mile run, and they really want to give it a go – so it’s saying that ‘you can do this to’ and it’s for everybody. It really opens up doors, and it’s really good for both mental health and physical health.”

“It’s free to take part in; it starts and finishes on the track – so they’ll be there just before the professional athletes go out there and compete – and it’ll be a fantastic achievement in a fantastic atmosphere. Once you do the Couch to 5k here, you wont ever want to stop running.”

As part of the Festival of Athletics on the morning of 21st July at the London Stadium, British Athletics will be running a Couch to 5K event at the Müller Anniversary Games. Entries for the Couch to 5K are now live, with the all-female mass run beginning at 09:45 before ending on the track inside the London Stadium. All entrants will receive a free ticket to the second and final day of the Müller Anniversary Games and the opportunity for families of runners to purchase tickets at the priority price point, while the first 2,000 women who register are guaranteed a place in the Couch to 5k, so get moving! 

To enter, and for more information, click here.