Get Involved in Running

It's time to lace up your shoes...

Last Updated: 08/10/12 10:29am

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Mo Farah surged to glory at the London Olympics this summer, but it's not just elite athletes that are lacing up their running shoes.

"Running is the individual against the clock and that's one of the reasons why it is less stressful for everybody."

Ray Coward

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Organised runs are being lapped up by members of the British public with 900 competitors taking part in Park Run, a timed 5km event, in London's Bushy Park every Saturday.

Park Run has also gone global with 20,000 people entering 160 events worldwide every week as they aim to reduce heart disease and boost their energy.

Organiser Ray Coward told Get Involved: "It is the individual against the clock and that's one of the reasons why it is less stressful for everybody. All you have to do, if you're inclined, is beat your time from last week."

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80-year-old Madge Bradsell says she loves being part of the run scene, as much for the social aspects as the physical ones.

"You meet a lot of friends and it doesn't matter if you walk or you run, it is a lovely half hour, 45 minutes in the open air in a beautiful park," she said.

Run England, meanwhile, sanction smaller runs across the country and have 27,000 registered members, sixty per cent of whom are women.

Nathan Tomlins has been involved in the scheme since its inception in 2010 and says his endeavours have helped him shed the pounds and gain greater self-esteem.

"In the two years I have been running I have lost over three stone and I now know I have the ability to achieve. I've gained a lot of self-confidence," he said.

To find out more about running, hit the video at the top of the screen and then visit the following sites:

www.parkrun.org.uk

www.runengland.org