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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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Contact Telephone
0121 713 8400

England Athletics

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Contact Telephone
0121 347 6543
Contact Email
enquiries@englandathletics.org
Social Trail Running

Social Trail Running

A place for people in the Nottingham & surrounding areas who love a trail run to share events, routes & meet like-minded trail runners!

Bingham Triathlon Club

Bingham Triathlon Club

Formed in 2009, and formally called GI Tri, we're a small club with a strong emphasis on promoting inclusivity in sport and providing a supportive environment for novice and more experienced athletes.

We're focused on a no cliques & no egos policy and

GoodGym Derby

GoodGym Derby

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

Mansfield Runners

Mansfield Runners

run group with close links to Mansfield Harriers athletics club. All abilities welcomed from 5k to competitive athletics

Sherwood Pines

Sherwood Pines

Sherwood Pines Forest Park is a fantastic and inspiring place to experience the outdoors. There is something for everyone all year round, from walking, running and family cycling to mountain biking, Go Ape and adventure play and a range of sporting event

Rosliston parkrun

Rosliston parkrun

We are a free 5km timed event based at Rosliston Forestry Centre. We welcome runners and walkers of all abilities.

Croft Church of England Primary School

Croft Church of England Primary School

Croft Church Of England Primary School is a small, family feel school who believe in a holistic approach to education so health and well being feature highly in our curriculum offer.

Barnsley Premier Leisure

Barnsley Premier Leisure

Multi-use Leisure centres ion Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire

Bulwell Runners Social Run Session & Couch To 5K Course

Bulwell Runners Social Run Session & Couch To 5K Course

Meet @ Ken Martin Leisure Centre, Hucknall Lane. NG6 8AP. Join us for a run and chat session in Bulwell. All welcome from beginners. We run up to 5K.

Dishley parkrun

Dishley parkrun

A free, fun, and friendly weekly 5k community event. Walk, jog, run, volunteer or spectate – it's up to you!

Group runs - do good, get fit

Group runs - do good, get fit

Run in a group to work on community projects

Community missions - do good, get fit

Community missions - do good, get fit

Run, walk or cycle to help community projects with practical tasks

Derby JogFit Beginners Group

Derby JogFit Beginners Group

If you want to feel healthier and better about yourself or lose a few pounds and make some new friends - then this could be the perfect start.

Running For It

Running For It

Beginners running group

Watermead Country Park parkrun

Watermead Country Park parkrun

A free, fun, and friendly weekly 5k community event. Walk, jog, run, volunteer or spectate – it's up to you!

Melton Mowbray parkrun

Melton Mowbray parkrun

A free, fun, and friendly weekly 5k community event. Walk, jog, run, volunteer or spectate – it's up to you!

Melton Running Club - MRC

Melton Running Club - MRC

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

Birstall Running Club

Birstall Running Club

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

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The Skeleton Run 2022

The Skeleton Run 2022

Fancy a sprint through the spooky woods in the dead of night? Then dust off your wigs and break out the fake blood and join us at the original night run, The Skeleton Run. With 5 miles of terrifying trails, the horror of Beacon Hill (twice), menacing marshals and a final, downhill run for your life to the finish. Dare you join us?

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.

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.

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.

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.