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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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Kingfisher Harriers

Kingfisher Harriers is an inclusive running club in Redditch. The website is displays all the current sessions.

Worcester Fitness Training

Fun and Friendly Fitness Training programmes
1:1 or small group, indoors and out for adults and juniors.

Crocodile8 multi terrain race

The Crocodile 8 is a tough multi-terrain 8.8 mile race held annually and ran on road, grass and mud.

Malvern Hills District Council

Supporting our residents to lead a healthier lifestyle is one of our top priorities. We offer a wide range of programmes, so whether you are new to exercises, returning to exercise, 5 or 85, we welcome all ages, all abilities and all backgrounds.

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.

Worcester Tri Coach

Sports Coaching and Personal Training for Adults and Juniors, Groups and 1:1

Circuit Training Classes. Boot Camps. Junior Fitness Camps. Strength and Conditioning Sessions. Weight Loss Classes. Small Group Exercise Sessions. Indoors and Outdoors.

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.
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Happy Feet Fitness

The perfect place to get more active.
We offer Walking to Fitness groups, Couch to 5K courses and 5k+ Improvers groups in a friendly and supportive environment.
More than just running!

Active Communities Worcester

Freedom Leisure’s Active Communities team work on developing a range of sport, play & physical activity programmes to get the local community active!

Couch to 5km (Hanley Swan)

Couch to 5km (Hanley Swan)

Have you ever thought that running is not for you? Do you feel like you would like to lose weight? Would you like to improve your mood or meet new friends? Then why not sign up to our new Couch to 5km programme.

It's a 12 week programme aimed at those who are new to running or those who are returning to running. A fully supported programme which is professionally coached by our Physical Activity and Well Being Officer, Rachel Nicholls.
For more details why not check out our website

Couch to 5km (Upton)

Couch to 5km (Upton)

Have you ever thought that running is not for you? Would you like to lose weight? Would you like to find ways to help improve your mood or meet new friends? Then why not sign up to our 12 week Couch to 5km programme designed to encourage those returning to running or have never run before.

A supportive and friendly group professionally coached by our Physical Activity and Well Being Officer. The course costs just £30 per person and there are only 12 places available. To find out more visit our website