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Running is a form of exercise that can be done at anytime and anywhere.

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An Overview of Running

For the majority of people, running is a way to keep fit as it can be done at any pace, over any distance. But at a competitive level there are many different distances for events, from the 100m to ultra-marathons, all of which require different training and techniques.

Running is for everyone. It is the perfect way to get active - it's free and you can start right outside your front door. Comfortable sports clothing and a suitable pair of trainers is all you need.

Active Together believe running / jogging is for everyone and is most fun when shared with others. Try one of our group runs to find out for yourself...

Benefits

Regular running can reduce your risk of chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and stroke. It can also boost your mood and keep your weight under control. Running also helps to get rid of excessive adrenalin and other stress hormones, boosts your mood and keeps you fit.

To feel the full benefits, make sure you warm up, cool down and stretch, before and after every session. Exercise tips on how to do this can be found using the NHS exercise guide.

Costs

Running is free, you can do it anywhere!

Involvement

If you are new to running, or you've not been active for a while, you may want to build your fitness levels gently by walking before you move on to running. Couch to 5K is a free nine-week running plan from NHS Change 4 Life especially designed for people who want to work on their fitness levels. Or if you prefer to run with friends Beginners Running Leicestershire can help you find a beginners running group in your local area.

Equipment

Running requires very little equipment, but a good pair of running shoes that suit your foot type will reduce the risk of injury.

Find Running Activities Near You

Use the search below to find local activities near you.

Couch to 5K

Get off the couch and running 5K in just 9 weeks. Grab your trainers and follow the step-by-step audio instructions.

Find a Guide Database (Guide Running)

Running is a great way to get fit, enjoy the outdoors and meet other people. England Athletics and British Blind Sport have created the Find a Guide Database to help you start, get back to or stay run

parkrun

parkruns are free, weekly, community events all around the world.

RunTogether

RunTogether provides fun, friendly, supportive and inclusive running opportunities for everyone: whatever your ability or time availability.

This Girl Can

This Girl Can seeks to tell the real stories of women who get active or play sport in the way that’s right for them using images that show what activity really looks like in all its glory.

National Governing Bodies

British Athletics

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0121 713 8400

England Athletics

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0121 347 6543
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enquiries@englandathletics.org
ATW Team

ATW Team

I am the head coach of a triathlon team, we have athletes of all abilities and always welcome newcomers and beginners.

RunTogether Houghton Regis

RunTogether Houghton Regis

New local, social running group with something for everyone regardless of ability.

Runtogether - HLB Runners

Runtogether - HLB Runners

HLB Runners is a local run club in Maulden which offers a variety of weekly runs aimed at all abilities of runner, from C25k to Long Sunday runs.

AJ Sports Group Limited

AJ Sports Group Limited

AJ Sports Group Limited is a family friendly Sports Club based in Stewartby, Bedfordshire promoting high level sports teams, fun sessions, birthday parties and school holiday camps.

Arctic One

Arctic One

All of the money that is raised through fundraising goes towards our projects and the people we help.

Action4Youth

Action4Youth

Our charity gives local children and young people inspiring experiences and life skills, no matter what their background, ability or disability. We run two outstanding outdoor education centres, deliver NCS, Duke of Edinburgh and give vital support to ove

Turvey Turtles

Turvey Turtles

Turvey Turtles is a new RunTogether group lead by a qualified Run Leader in Turvey, Bedfordshire. There will be sessions for all including Couch to 5k, social runs and games.

GoodGym

GoodGym

GoodGym helps you get fit by doing good. We’re a group of runners that combines regular exercise with helping our communities.

2022 Northants 5K Race Series

2022 Northants 5K Race Series

The Series includes 5 trail races. All 5 races are multi-terrain courses taking in some of Northamptonshire's beautiful parklands and woodlands. All finishers will receive one of our bespoke 5K Race medals – a different one to collect at each race.