Running and fitness

Jogging in the park

If you are interested in running then our parks are the perfect place to be with a selection of running opportunities taking place on our parks on a weekly basis.


What is Parkrun?

Parkrun is a free weekly timed run over a measured 5k route.

When is it?

The Parkrun takes place every Saturday at 9am to 10am.  

Where is it?

The Parkrun takes place at Markeaton Park.  

Who is Parkrun suitable for?

Parkrun is open to all people who wish to run or walk the course. Children under the age of 11 must be accompanied by an adult. This is a free event so just turn up and have a good time!

Junior Parkrun

What is Markeaton Junior Parkrun?

It is a 2k run for juniors only (4-14 year olds). 

When is it?

It is held every Sunday at 9:00am.

Where is it?

The event takes place in Markeaton Park, Derby.

What does it cost to join in?

Nothing - it's free! but please register before your first run. Only ever register with parkrun once. Don't forget to bring a printed copy of your barcode (request a reminder).

How fast do I have to be?

The aim is to have fun. Please come along and join in whatever your pace!

We're friendly!

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in a local café - please come and join us!

For more information visit the organisations website.

Chesapeake Road Runners

What is it?

Chesapeake is an active friendly running club, with many members, meeting twice a week. New runners often have worries and doubts about taking the step of joining a running club  This is very common and completely understandable. As a club we are sure you won’t regret joining us, whether you want to get fit as a New Year's resolution or you want to train for a specific race such as a charity run, whatever your running objectives, there is a place for you with us. Give it a go! We look forward to seeing you soon. 

To find out more and to join please visit the Chesapeake Road Runners website or email. 

When is it?

Sessions take place on a weekly basis on Tuesday and Thursday evenings between the hours of 7pm and 8pm.

Where is it?

Chaddesden Park, meeting at the Pavilion.

What does it cost to join in?

Chesapeake Road Runners Derby offers your first four sessions completely free and if you decide it's not for you at that time, then that’s fine, you could always come back at a later point and commit by paying the modest annual membership fee of £21 per year. £14 of that will be your England Athletics Athlete affiliation fee.

Who is suitable for?

We aim to cater for all standards of runner from the novice upwards. We welcome new members aged 14 and older.

British Military Fitness

British Military Fitness is an outdoor fitness class designed to encourage and promote fitness through a challenging effect work out with team games, paired exercises, circuits,strength workout and running classes.

These are all split into ability groups so there is something for everyone regardless of ability.

Where is it?

Darley Park

When is it?

These sessions take place at Darley Park the following days and times:


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For further information on prices and how to sign up please visit British Military Fitness website.

How much is it?

Please take a look at the British Military Fitness website. 


Buggybabes is the ultimate fitness class for Derby mums. Casses are social, fun and will give you the chance to meet other new mums. Suitable for all levels of fitness, BuggyBabes is the perfect way to help you adjust to the physical demands of looking after a new baby.  

Classes combine cardio (fat burning) and strength training (toning) elements. They involve lots of pushing to burn the calories and banish the baby weight interspersed with resistance exercises to tone the upper and lower body.

Where is it?

Sessions take place at Darley Park, meeting outside the Tearooms.

When is it?

Sessions take place on Mondays at 2pm - 3pm and Thursdays at 10.30am - 11.30am. 

How much is it?

Free trial session for everyone, then £16 for 4 weeks. Take a look at the Buggy Babes Facebook to book your place.


GoodGym helps you get fit by doing good. Organised running groups that combines regular exercise with helping our communities. For more information about the Derby Projects and sign up, visit GoodGym Derby.

Other running opportunities

Please keep an eye out for other upcoming running events taking place on our parks.