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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.

This Girl Can

Tue, 01 Sep 2020

No one gets to choose how you exercise other than you. Your body, your call. And whatever that looks like, we think it’s worth celebrating.

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.

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
GoodGym Exeter

GoodGym Exeter

The GoodGym is a charity set up to combine running with volunteering. Our community of runners get fit by doing good. We have free weekly group runs where we run to carry out a good deed for local organisations. All abilities welcome to join!

Duncan Bawler Training

Duncan Bawler Training

I am a self employed PT and CrossFit Coach as well as L3 trainer assessor for the delivery of 1st Aid

Applebees Fitness

Applebees Fitness

Applebees Fitness provides personal training, group exercise classes and an outdoor gym all based at COACH, French Weir park. Our vision is to create an affordable friendly fitness community to improve your health and well being, making exercise something

Running

Bridgwater Half Marathon

Bridgwater Half Marathon & BWH10K is organised by Bridgwater Friends of Cancer Research UK and aims to stage a professional race with a family friendly atmosphere. The Bridgwater 5K Fun Run is staged alongside the main event.

More details can be found

Taunton Athletics Club

Taunton Athletics Club

We offer training in all aspects of athletics and running
For school years 3 and above
We have specialised groups for different ages and disciplines
We also offer holiday clubs

Nordic walk - Meander -  Mincinglake Valley Park

Nordic walk - Meander - Mincinglake Valley Park

Join us for a Nordic walk through the park, using your Nordic walking technique to enhance your natural walking style. Great views, hills to climb, moving more in natures gym. Small group walks in our local green spaces.

One of 8 walks
Rapid, Ripple or Meander

Nordic Walk - Ripple - Ludwell Valley Park

Nordic Walk - Ripple - Ludwell Valley Park

A lovely Ripple Nordic walk in Ludwell Valley Park enjoying being outside, walking using our poles to enhance our walking experience. There are hills on this walk. Small group walk, enjoying each others company while walking. On this walk we enjoy moving a little faster than a Meander walk.

One of 8 weekly Nordic walks at different speeds.

Beginner activity classes for the over 55s at Haldon Forest Park

Beginner activity classes for the over 55s at Haldon Forest Park

Haldon Forest hosts a number of free beginner courses throughout the year, please contact us for more information.

Partners and Sponsors

Partners and Sponsors

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