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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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Active Rotherham

Active Rotherham is Rotherham Council's Sports development team. The Active Rotherham Team aims to increase participation in sport and physical activity with additional focus on those most inactive, young people, older people, people with disabilities, wo

Leeds Trinity University

Leeds Trinity University offers a comprehensive Coach Education Programme and also offers it's students a fantastic Volunteer programme; which works alongside local community based organisations, companies and schools in line with offering their students


Leeds Girl Can

Leeds Girl Can Run is a beginners running group aimed at increasing physical activity levels in women and girls aged 14+. Sessions are free of charge and occur every Monday at 6pm. The class is lead by a qualified run leader and offers networking and plen


Inclusive sporting events Sheffield. Local friendly club hosting fun, sporting and recreational activities designed to be accessible for all ages and ability levels; also offering Virtual Events (with medals for finishers!) that can be completed individua

Curly's Athletes

Community centric event management. We believe everyone is an athlete and through setting a physical challenge it can encourage a more active lifestyle.

Event management, concept to delivery

Consultation, well-being/sport objectives and sport site

Roundhay Runners

We are a friendly, sociable running club based in Roundhay, Leeds. New members welcome.


Harrogate junior parkrun

junior parkrun is a series of 2k runs for children aged between 4 and 14. They are held in areas of open space around the UK. They are open to all, free, and are safe and easy to take part in.

Start2Jog - Intermediates

Start2Jog - Intermediates

For people who can achieve a 5k run in sub 31 mins and are wishing to improve their time and skills

Start2Jog - Improvers ( Thursday)

Start2Jog - Improvers ( Thursday)

For people who can run 5k and want to improve their time and skills

Run 2 Achieve

Run 2 Achieve

Everyone Welcome! Free.

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