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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

Rosliston parkrun

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

Black Pear Joggers

The club offers sessions on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings and also Sunday mornings with many groups that you can join from brisk walks, slow jogs all the way up to fast runs.
Find out more at - http://bpj.org.uk/

Vision Sports Academy CIC

Vision Sports Academy CIC (VSA) is a Birmingham based sports coaching social enterprise, more specifically a community interest company which tackles social objectives & reinvests profits back into the community.

Birmingham Swifts

We're Birmingham's free, LGBT running group. We're open to everyone no matter your ability, age, sexuality or gender.

Codrington Budokan

Codrington Budokan - daytime, evening & weekend classes :
Karate, Fencing, , Boxing, Wrestling, Weights Gym. Indoor short tennis, separate Self defence classes for men and women.
(starting shortly Tai chi, Judo, Aikido, Kendo, Yoga, Zumba, Fizzic

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.

Couch to 5K

Couch to 5K

This 9 week progressive course is supported by the NHS. The courses are designed for absolute beginners, so whether you’ve never run before, or if you want to get back into being more active, Couch to 5K is an easy way of getting fitter and more healthy.

Starting with a mix of running and walking to gradually build up your fitness and stamina, over a nine week professionally-coached course you will become able and confident to run five kilometres.

Each session costs £1 and lasts for approx. 45 minutes.

Couch to 5K

Couch to 5K

This 9 week progressive course is supported by the NHS. The courses are designed for absolute beginners, so whether you've never run before, or if you want to get back into being more active, Couch to 5K is an easy way of getting fitter and more healthy.

Starting with a mix of running and walking to gradually build up your fitness and stamina, over a nine week professionally-coached course you will become able and confident to run five kilometres.

Each session costs £1 and lasts for approx. 45 minutes.

Couch to 5K

Couch to 5K

This 9 week progressive course is supported by the NHS. The courses are designed for absolute beginners, so whether you’ve never run before, or if you want to get back into being more active, Couch to 5K is an easy way of getting fitter and more healthy.

Starting with a mix of running and walking to gradually build up your fitness and stamina, over a nine week professionally-coached course you will become able and confident to run five kilometres.

Each session costs £1 and lasts for approx. 45 minutes.

Couch to 5K

Couch to 5K

This 9 week progressive course is supported by the NHS. The courses are designed for absolute beginners, so whether you've never run before, or if you want to get back into being more active, Couch to 5K is an easy way of getting fitter and more healthy.

Starting with a mix of running and walking to gradually build up your fitness and stamina, over a nine week professionally-coached course you will become able and confident to run five kilometres.

Each session costs £1 and lasts for approx. 45 minutes.

Arrow Valley parkrun

Arrow Valley parkrun

Parkruns are a free, timed, five kilometre events organised across the world to be safe and welcoming for anyone and everyone.

Couch to 5K

Couch to 5K

This 9 week progressive course is supported by the NHS. The courses are designed for absolute beginners, so whether you’ve never run before, or if you want to get back into being more active, Couch to 5K is an easy way of getting fitter and more healthy.

Starting with a mix of running and walking to gradually build up your fitness and stamina, over a nine week professionally-coached course you will become able and confident to run five kilometres.

Each session costs £1 and lasts for approx. 45 minutes.

Churchfields parkrun

Churchfields parkrun

Parkruns are a free, timed, five kilometre events organised across the world to be safe and welcoming for anyone and everyone.

Wyre Forest parkrun

Wyre Forest parkrun

Parkruns are a free, timed, five kilometre events organised across the world to be safe and welcoming for anyone and everyone.

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

5k and Beyond Running Group

5k and Beyond Running Group

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