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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.

Active 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, you can find a beginners running group in your local area here.

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

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

NHS Couch to 5K will help you gradually work up towards running 5km in just 9 weeks.

Daily Boost

The Daily Boost aims to encourage children and young people to do 15 minutes of organised activity at school every day, benefiting their long-term physical and mental health and wellbeing.

Holidays Together

Holidays Together – Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) is a free and exciting holiday programme for children aged 4 to 16, living in Leicestershire and in receipt of benefits-related free school meal

Local parkrun

parkruns are free, weekly, community events.

Team Leicestershire Talent

Team Leicestershire Talent is a new Talented Athlete Support Programme for Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland athletes.

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.

Find a Guide Database (Guide Running)

Running is a great way to get fit, enjoy the outdoors and meet other people. England Athletics and British Blind Sport have created the Find a Guide Database to help you start, get back to or stay run

RunTogether

RunTogether provides fun, friendly, supportive and inclusive running opportunities for everyone: whatever your ability or time availability.

This Girl Can

This Girl Can seeks to tell the real stories of women who get active or play sport in the way that’s right for them using images that show what activity really looks like in all its glory.

National Governing Bodies

British Athletics

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Contact Telephone
0121 713 8400

England Athletics

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0121 347 6543
Contact Email
enquiries@englandathletics.org
Running

GoodGym Leicester

We run to help people and projects in Leicester.

Abbey Park, Leicester

Abbey Park, Leicester

Abbey Park is Leicester’s premier park and lies approximately one mile north of the city centre.

Leicester Victoria parkrun

Leicester Victoria parkrun

A free, fun, and friendly weekly 5k community event. Walk, jog, run, volunteer or spectate – it's up to you!

Victoria Park

Victoria Park

Victoria Park was the city's race course until 1883, the park now has thoughtfully laid out pathways shaded by avenues of trees dividing its 69 acres of open parkland.

Includes an Outdoor Gym.

Leicester City Football Club Community Trust

Leicester City Football Club Community Trust

Leicester City in the Community (LCitC) is an independent, registered charity. LCitC harnesses the power of football to inspire individuals to achieve their full potential.

Spinney Hill Park

Spinney Hill Park

Created in 1885, Spinney Hill Park is a popular park with 34 acres of sloping parkland with walks under shady tree avenues, playgrounds and ball courts..

Includes and Outdoor Gym.

Braunstone parkrun

Braunstone parkrun

A free, fun, and friendly weekly 5k community event. Walk, jog, run, volunteer or spectate – it's up to you!

St Matthews Joggers

St Matthews Joggers

Social Running group linked with Leicester City in the Community

Leicester Victoria parkrun

Leicester Victoria parkrun

A free, fun, and friendly weekly 5k community event. Walk, jog, run, volunteer or spectate – it's up to you!

Match Fit Social Running

Match Fit Social Running

C25K programme linked to Leicester City in the Community

Braunstone parkrun

Braunstone parkrun

A free, fun, and friendly weekly 5k community event. Walk, jog, run, volunteer or spectate – it's up to you!

Match Fit Social Running group 2

Match Fit Social Running group 2

Social Running group linked with Leicester City in the Community

Birstall Running Club

Birstall Running Club

Beginner friendly running group, led by a qualified and insured Run Leader.

Kick Start with Kirsty C25K (mixed group)

Kick Start with Kirsty C25K (mixed group)

Beginner friendly running group, led by a qualified and insured Run Leader.

Birstall Running Club

Birstall Running Club

Beginner friendly running group, led by a qualified and insured Run Leader.

Scraptoft Joggers Running Group

Scraptoft Joggers Running Group

Beginner friendly running group, led by a qualified and insured Run Leader.

Watermead Country Park parkrun

Watermead Country Park parkrun

A free, fun, and friendly weekly 5k community event. Walk, jog, run, volunteer or spectate – it's up to you!

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Leicester 10 K Race for Life

Leicester 10 K Race for Life

10k is a great step up from our 5k events, that's still achievable for everyone. Join aÊRace for Life 10k event and help raise valuable funds for cancer-beating research.

Leicester 5 K Race for Life

Leicester 5 K Race for Life

This is a 5k for everyone. This is thousands of people uniting with one purpose - to raise valuable funds for life-saving research.

Leicester 3 K Race for Life

Leicester 3 K Race for Life

This is a 3k for everyone. This is thousands of people uniting with one purpose - to raise valuable funds for life-saving research.

Run Leicester Half Marathon

Run Leicester Half Marathon

The Run Leicester Half Marathon is the perfect opportunity to discover our dynamic city like never before. Home to an incredible running community, Run Leicester sees thousands of participants take to the streets in a celebration of the sport, the people and the wonderful sights.

Run Leicester Half Marathon

Run Leicester Half Marathon

The Run Leicester Half Marathon is the perfect opportunity to discover our dynamic city like never before. Home to an incredible running community, Run Leicester sees thousands of participants take to the streets in a celebration of the sport, the people and the wonderful sights.

7th Joe's Jog

7th Joe's Jog

The annual Joe's Jog, now in its 7th year, will take place on Tuesday 7th June, starting at 6.15pm.

FAMILIES and young children are invited to join the annual charity mile-long fun run to support the work of the Joe Humphries Memorial Trust (JHMT).

The Skeleton Run 2022

The Skeleton Run 2022

Fancy a sprint through the spooky woods in the dead of night? Then dust off your wigs and break out the fake blood and join us at the original night run, The Skeleton Run. With 5 miles of terrifying trails, the horror of Beacon Hill (twice), menacing marshals and a final, downhill run for your life to the finish. Dare you join us?

Loughborough 5k 2022

Loughborough 5k 2022

This is a 5k for everyone. This is thousands of people uniting with one purpose - to raise valuable funds for life-saving research.

Leicestershire Chase the Sun 5k, 10k & 10 mile 2022

Leicestershire Chase the Sun 5k, 10k & 10 mile 2022

Join us for the return of the Leicestershire Chase the Sun Series to Prestwold Hall.

Run 5k, 10k, 10 mile or the Move Mile around the flat and fast Airfield at Prestwold Hall and battle to get around the course before the sun goes down.

Leicestershire Chase the Sun 5k, 10k & 10 mile 2023

Leicestershire Chase the Sun 5k, 10k & 10 mile 2023

Join us for the return of the Leicestershire Chase the Sun Series to Prestwold Hall. Run 5k, 10k or 10 Mile around the flat and fast Airfield at Prestwold Hall and battle to get around the course before the sun goes down. This is a perfect venue for testing yourself over a new distance, or going for a personal best!

Kim Angell

Leicester-Shire & Rutland Running Activator

07736315032

https://www.lrsport.org/runtogether