England Athletics Ltd
P1. Physical Activity: Community
1 January, 2013
Submitted: 19 December, 2011
Run England is working in partnership with Sport England and a wide range of clubs, County Sports Partnerships, local authorities, universities, colleges, leisure operators, primary care trusts and companies to achieve our objective of increasing the number of adults running once a week.All across the country we are training enthusiastic and motivational runners to become leaders, by attending the one day leadership in running fitness course. Leaders are then given support to get their group started, and make it an ongoing success, from the Run England staff and through the information and advice provided in the leader secure area of the website.There are now 624 registered Run England groups and this number is growing each week. All groups are led by qualified leaders with a UK athletics leaders licence and insurance. Anyone interested in running is able to go to the Run England website and search for a local running group - http://www.runengland.org/groups - where they will find details of registered groups in their area, plus how to contact the leader, so that they can get started.There are now over 12,600 runners signed up to the free online membership, many are running in groups, but others are independent runners. Members receive advice and information as well as discounts on equipment and will soon have information on measured and marked running routes through the 321 scheme.Run England is being promoted through the sport maker programme across all county sports partnerships at their workshops and conferences. This programme is an ideal opportunity for more volunteers to get involved by encouraging others to attend groups or to become assistant leaders and leaders, for example three potential new leaders were identified at the sport maker conference in Oxford.Registered groups are regularly taking part in events such as parkruns and other 5k, 10k and longer distance races, as well as charity events such as race for life. These, together with many inspirational stories, are being reported in our online news items and e-bulletins, to motivate others to start running.It is expected that the Olympics and Paralymics will inspire many more people to start running and the additional funding Sport England is distributing some County Sport Partnerships, with Run England as a key partner, will enable more leaders to be trained and more groups to be set up, so that the growth in demand can be met during and after 2012.