The next Cosy Sofa will start on Thursday 10th January from Lifestyle Fitness Gym Pennybridge


Sign up for the BRAC Cosy Sofa registration using the form on this page. The numbers will be capped to the first 120 applicants. We cannot unfortunately take runners under sixteen years of age.

Please turn up on January 10th at around 6:15pm wearing comfortable clothing and trainers.

We know that getting out the door is the hardest step in the nine-week course. We also know that all the club members who help with this are there to make you feel good, you will be encouraged and supported throughout the entire program. Most of our support team have came from a previous Cosy Sofa.

You need to be injury free to start, we will be progressing at a pace to suit absolutely everyone, please don’t think you need to be super fit to turn up.

All we ask of you is that you complete each run in the program. That amounts to 3 runs per week.

Take a look at our beginners schedule here.

At the end of the course when you complete it we will have a graduation where you will each receive a T-Shirt and a bite to eat.

For more information about our Cosy Sofa programme, or the work that the club are doing in partnership with local communities in Ballymena, contact us via

About Us

Ballymena Runners AC is a friendly, local, running club based at the Seven Towers Leisure Centre in Ballymena. We cater for all abilities and firmly believe in our ethos that 'running is for everyone'. The success and continuing expansion of the club is all due to how we support each other. We support both the hares and the tortoises. It's all about getting you to enjoy your run  But where do you start?

A key project for the club is helping people who don’t run to start running – starting from the cosy sofa - to being able to run a parkrun of 5k (about 3 miles).

As well as our hugely popular ‘Cosy Sofa’ programme from the Leisure Centre we have delivered a number of community based programmes – running in the community for the community.

In the past we have delivered very successful Cosy's in the Ballykeel, Doury Road and Ballee areas. In addition, we have run the program for the Health Trust & St. Brigit's PS during the Spring and finished our latest Cosy in Kells in November.

All of the community based programmes are designed to introduce people to running, to get them interested in the ‘parkrun’ concept and to consider joining us in Ballymena Runners!

Ballymena Runners fully support the local ‘parkrun’ held every Saturday morning at the Ecos centre.

Complete the membership form below

Name *
Date of Birth *
Date of Birth
T-shirt size *

It costs £10 to participate in the Cosy Sofa programme. We accept payment via Paypal.