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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

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

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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

Thetford Parkrun

Free, timed 5k run every Saturday at 9am

Norfolk Outdoor Adventures

Norfolk Outdoor Adventures provide instruction, guided trips & excursions in the stunning Norfolk area across the following exciting activities... SUP (Stand Up Paddling) // Kayaking // Trail Running // Nordic Pole Running // Nordic Walking // Cycling (Ro

Loch Neaton parkrun, Watton

Free weekly 5km run - it's you against the clock.

Norwich parkrun - Eaton Park

Parkrun is a free, 5km run - it's you against the clock.

Parkrun - Mulbarton

Free, 5k run every Saturday at 9am

Tri-a-Sport

Tri-A-Sport CIC is a dynamic social enterprise with the aim of increasing the opportunity for all children and young people within Norfolk and Suffolk to take part in alternative sporting activities and events at school and through holiday clubs and commu

Community Sports Foundation

Norwich City Community Sports Foundation (CSF) is the official charity partner of Norwich City Football Club and helps over 38,000 people every year achieve their goals through sport, supporting some of the most disadvantaged, disabled and talented people

SwanSports

Family Centered Athletics developed by a family centered approach.

The longer term goal of SwanSports is to make available time for families to participate in sport together, leading to child and family empowerment primarily to keeping fit, encompassin

GOYA Norwich - Multi-sport sessions for young people

GOYA Norwich - Multi-sport sessions for young people

FREE sport and physical activity sessions open to young people aged 14 - 20

Get Set To Go - Wellbeing running group

Get Set To Go - Wellbeing running group

Free inclusive running group for people who might find things a little difficult sometimes

Russell's walk, jog or run in Caister

Russell's walk, jog or run in Caister

Friendly and welcoming group meet-up in Caister-on-sea.

JJ's Walk, Jog, or Run

JJ's Walk, Jog, or Run

Friendly and welcoming group meet-up outside Jay Jay's Cafe on the lower promenade, Gorleson Cliffs.