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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.

Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport and Run 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 RunTogether Leicester-shire & Rutland 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

The One You Couch to 5k app has been designed to get you off the couch and running in just 9 weeks.

National Governing Bodies

British Athletics

Contact Name
General Information
Contact Telephone
0121 713 8400

England Athletics

Contact Name
General Information
Contact Telephone
0121 347 6543
Contact Email
enquiries@englandathletics.org

Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun

A free, weekly & timed 5km event open to people of all ages and abilities. Every Saturday at 9am.

Club Doncaster Sports College

Club Doncaster Sports College is affiliated with Club Doncaster & Club Doncaster Foundation. We provide high quality, flexible and responsive courses.

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

Stowmarket Striders Running Club

Stowmarket Striders are a road running club with about 350 members of all ages (9 to 70) and all abilities, from beginners to experienced athletes.

The Sports Factory

We are passionate about sharing sport with people and the community. We want to see lives changed as a result of engagement with sport, faith and the church.

Chantry Academy

Chantry Academy Community Use Facilities provides opportunities for sport, fitness and learning activities for the local community.

GoodGym

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

Start2Jog - Improvers ( Thursday)

Start2Jog - Improvers ( Thursday)

For people who can run 5k and want to improve their time and skills

Fleckney & Kibworth Beginners Running Group

Fleckney & Kibworth Beginners Running Group

Friendly running group, led by a qualified and insured Run Leader.

Desford Striders Running Group

Desford Striders Running Group

The group will be led by a qualified and insured Run Leader who will be there every step of the way to motivate and support you.

Shepshed Running Club

Shepshed Running Club

Beginners welcome to join the group.

Action 4 Health Running Group (Hinckley - Thursdays)

Action 4 Health Running Group (Hinckley - Thursdays)

Beginner friendly running group, led by a qualified and insured Run Leader.

Running for It

Running for It

Beginner friendly running group, led by a qualified and insured Run Leader.

Market Bosworth Running Group (Thursday - School)

Market Bosworth Running Group (Thursday - School)

Beginner friendly running group, led by a qualified and insured Run Leader.

JDSN Runners (Jog Derbyshire South Normanton)

JDSN Runners (Jog Derbyshire South Normanton)

A friendly and welcoming Jog Group for all abilities.

Chesterfield Jog Run (Beginners)

Chesterfield Jog Run (Beginners)

This group is great for anyone looking for a friendly group of people to run with each week.
Group 1: Routes up to 3 miles

5k and Beyond running group

5k and Beyond running group

Fun and friendly 5k and Beyond running groups, suitable for all paces, as long as you can run for 5k