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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

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.

Whether you're a complete beginner or elite athlete there's an exciting range of events taking place across Northamptonshire. Why not join a local running group, enter a challenge, do some training, get sponsored and enjoy the buzz of simply crossing the finish line, achieving something you thought was impossible or getting a new personal best!

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 RunTogether Leicester-shire & Rutland can help you find a beginners running group in your local area.

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.

Northants 5K Series

Northamptonshire's premiere 5K race event series

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

Contact Name
General Information
Contact Telephone
0121 713 8400

England Athletics

Contact Name
General Information
Contact Telephone
0121 347 6543
Contact Email
enquiries@englandathletics.org

Action4Youth

Our charity gives local children and young people inspiring experiences and life skills, no matter what their background, ability or disability. We run two outstanding outdoor education centres, deliver NCS, Duke of Edinburgh and give vital support to ove

Kettering Town Harriers - Jogging Group

Beginners jogging group meeting at the KLV athletics track pavilion at 17:45 on Tuesday and Thursday.

Croft Church of England Primary School

Croft Church Of England Primary School is a small, family feel school who believe in a holistic approach to education so health and well being feature highly in our curriculum offer.

University of Northampton Students' Union

Various University sports clubs ranging from Volleyball to Cheerleading.

On the Run (Towcester)

Running groups for all abilities, whether you have never run before, or want to run further or faster!

Commit to getting fitter in a motivating and friendly group.

0-5km courses, 5-10km courses, interval training and weekly 10km runs.

Running Mate Towcester

Running groups and one to one sessions, for beginners and beyond.

Running Mate Daventry

Running groups and one to one sessions, for beginners and beyond.

Silson Joggers

Road running, Cross-Country (Chiltern League), Multi-terrain. Training and Racing.
Based in Silverstone and Towcester area.
Junior and Senior athletes welcome.
Silverstone 10k Race organisers.

parkrun - a 5km walk, jog or run in the park

parkrun - a 5km walk, jog or run in the park

Market Harborough parkrun

A free, weekly, timed walk, jog or run in the park.

Every Saturday at 9:00 a.m.

Harborough Athletics Club

Harborough Athletics Club

Get involved in athletics & running in Market Harborough.

parkrun - a 5km walk, jog or run in the park

parkrun - a 5km walk, jog or run in the park

parkrun - a 5km walk, jog or run in the park

For all ages from 4 to 114!

Pushchairs, wheelchairs, dogs on short leads all welcome.

Find out more information here:
https://www.parkrun.org.uk/marketharborough/

Broughton Astley Couch to 5k Running Group

Broughton Astley Couch to 5k Running Group

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

Squirrels Running Club

Squirrels Running Club

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

Owls Beginners Running Group - Couch to 5k (Oadby)

Owls Beginners Running Group - Couch to 5k (Oadby)

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

Fleckney & Kibworth Beginners Running Group

Fleckney & Kibworth Beginners Running Group

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

Owls Beginners Running Group - Couch to 5k (South Wigston)

Owls Beginners Running Group - Couch to 5k (South Wigston)

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

Parklands Women’s Running Club (Improvers)

Parklands Women’s Running Club (Improvers)

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

Parklands Oadby Womens Beginners - Couch to 5k

Parklands Oadby Womens Beginners - Couch to 5k

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

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