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What is Running?

Running is a form of exercise that can be done at anytime and anywhere.

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.

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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.


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 Run England 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.


Parents in Sport Week: 1-7 October

This year’s Parents in Sport Week takes place 1 – 7 October 2018.

Local Programmes

Local Parkruns

parkrun organise free, weekly, 5km timed runs around the world. They are open to everyone, free, and are safe and easy to take part in.

RunTogether Leicester-Shire & Rutland

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...

Your Local Sport & Physical Activity Alliance

A Local Sport & Physical Activity Alliance (LSA) is a collection of people who have a desire to develop and promote sport and physical activity in their locality.

National Programmes

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.

Guide Running - Find a Guide

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


parkrun organise free, weekly, 5km timed runs around the world. They are open to everyone, free, and are safe and easy to take part in.

Local Contacts

Nicky Nealon

Leicester-Shire & Rutland Running Activator


  • Blaby District Council
    East Midlands Platform
    County Sport Network
    Harborough District Council
    Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council
  • Age UK L&R
    Rutland County Council
    Equality Standard
    North West Leicestershire District Council
    British Heart Foundation
  • Leicester City Council
    Leicestershire County Council
    Sport England
    Loughborough University
    Melton Borough Council
  • Charnwood Borough Council
    Oadby & Wigston Borough Council


  • North West Leicestershire District Council
  • County Sport Network
    Leicester City Council
  • Equality Standard
    Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council
  • Charnwood Borough Council
    Sport England
  • Age UK L&R
    Melton Borough Council
  • British Heart Foundation
  • East Midlands Platform
    Blaby District Council
  • Rutland County Council
    Loughborough University
  • Oadby & Wigston Borough Council
    Leicestershire County Council
  • Harborough District Council