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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...


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.


Running is free, you can do it anywhere!


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.


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

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0121 713 8400

England Athletics

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0121 347 6543
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Marsden Racers

We are both a running and cycling club based in Marsden, Huddersfield. We support all levels of runners and cyclists from Beginners right through to competing Athletes.

Abbey Runners

Abbey Runners is a long-established, friendly club based in North Leeds (LS16) that welcomes runners old and new of all abilities.

Kirklees Adventurous Activity Team

Outdoor Activity Instruction in; Caving, Canoe and Kayak, Climbing, SUP, Mountain Biking, BCU, NICAS, NNAS adventure@kirklees.gov.uk


Sheffield Varsity 10k

Sheffield Varsity 10k’s multi lap and undulating route starts and finishes at the University of Sheffield Arts Tower. Enjoy the the personal challenge that this scenic 10k provides and choose a university to represent. You do not need to be affiliated t

Leeds Frontunners

Leeds Frontrunners is an all-inclusive club, welcoming anyone who identifies as LGBT*, their friends and even people who just love running and are happy to look beyond labels.

Otley Athletic Club

For running on road, cross-country and fell, adult training nights meeting at Otley Cricket Club every Tuesday and Thursday starting at 7.15. Junior section training for children aged 8 - 15 Monday evenings at Prince Henry's Grammar School and parents and

National Fitness Day Mile - Part of the Great British Week of Sport #GBWOS

National Fitness Day Mile - Part of the Great British Week of Sport #GBWOS

At lunchtime, take some time for yourself and run a mile.

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