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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.

Check out the impact of our work to grow running participation in the county

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

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Contact Telephone
0121 713 8400

England Athletics

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0121 347 6543
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enquiries@englandathletics.org
4ward sports

4ward sports

4ward Sports provide nurseries, schools and communities with qualified coaches to implement sporting opportunities.

Our objectives are simple; we want as many children involved in sport as possible.

4ward sports provide bubble football and archery t

The Sports Factory

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.

Norwich parkrun - Colney Lane

Norwich parkrun - Colney Lane

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

Swaffham parkrun

Swaffham parkrun

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

SwanSports

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

Loch Neaton parkrun, Watton

Loch Neaton parkrun, Watton

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

Mile Cross Mums' Run

Mile Cross Mums' Run

Mile Cross Mums Run (MXMR) is a free running club on a Wednesday evening 7:30-8:30PM. We cater to all abilities from total beginner to seasoned runner. We are friendly, local mums, gathering to run together and share the ups and downs of motherhood.

Charles Burrell Centre

Charles Burrell Centre

We are a non-profit community and business centre in Thetford, Norfolk. An abandoned school building, now home to groups such as kettlebells, pilates, zumba, yoga, martial arts, football, dance and cheerleading. We organise indoor and outdoor events, have