Running can be great fun and very sociable – you can run with a friend, make new friends with a beginners group, go to your local parkrun, or even head to a running club. You certainly don’t have to enter a race to enjoy running – just put on a pair of trainers and get out there doing what you want to do.
Running is good for your heart and strengthens your bones and tendons. Getting outside, or hitting the treadmill can be a great way to clear your head and relax.
Running is one of the cheapest sports around, as very little kit is needed to take part and there is no additional equipment, just some trainers and comfortable clothes.
Some running groups offer a taster session for free before commiting to a membership.
The one essential item are a good pair of trainers. These will make your running easier and more enjoyable.
Trainers can be purchased from any running or sports shop. Most will have staff that can advise you on the right pair for you – make sure they are comfortable. Prices start at around £50.
Below are some links and details for some products and programmes to get you started.
Run Together has been created by England Athletics to provide fun, friendly, supportive and inclusive running opportunities for everyone in England.
Parkrun organise free, weekly, 5km timed runs around the world. Junior parkrun is a series of 2k runs for children aged between 4 and 14. Parkruns are open to everyone, free, and are safe and easy to take part in. Before you go along, register and get your barcode.
There are currently 13 Parkruns and 3 Junior Parkruns in Cumbria:
Couch to 5K is a running plan for beginners and has been designed to get you off the couch and running injust 9 weeks.
There are 44 opportunities listed on the Activity Finder. To view local opportunities please select your local area.
Search for information about your nearest Run England beginner running group
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