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By Lauren Scott

If like many of us you made a resolution to get fitter in 2012, but have yet to get started then why not consider taking up running.

The Run England Activator for Birmingham, Lauren Scott says “Running is a great activity to do because it is easily accessible and low cost and the health and well being rewards are huge.”

“In these recession hit times many people can’t afford the cost of gym memberships and running is a great way to get fit, get some fresh air, meet people and see some bits of the city that you might not previously have explored. Birmingham is great place for running with plenty of parks and traffic free canal paths to enjoy.”

Run England which is the recreational running programme from England Athletics supports runners through its on line running community and through the 700+ registered Run England groups led by qualified leaders taking place across the country. It’s FREE to join Run England and if you are new to running or just thinking about getting started joining Run England will give you the information and motivation to get going. The news pages and fortnightly newsletters are full of inspirational stories of ordinary people who have taken up running for the first time or rediscovered their fitness levels after years of being inactive. And if you are thinking of buying a pair of trainers to get started Run England offers £15 off trainers as well as other discounts.  Go to

Birmingham is one of 12 areas in the country where England Athletics have invested in a Run England Activator and Birmingham Activator, Lauren Scott is keen to hear from individuals and organisations interested in becoming leaders and starting groups. “In 12 months time I would love to see a Run England group taking place in every ward in the city, so that every resident of Birmingham can access a group within minutes of their home or workplace,” said Scott.

“You don’t have to be a brilliant runner to be a good leader and sometimes the best leaders are people who understand the challenges that the ordinary person finds when they take up running for the first time. You don’t need speed to lead!”

Run England are looking for leaders to start groups across the city and will be running their next one day training course at the Alexander Stadium on Saturday 18th February. On completing the one day course applicants will receive a UK Athletics Leadership in Running Fitness licence which insures them to lead groups. The course would suit: anyone with a passion for running that they want to share with others whether in their home area, at work, college, local park, leisure centre etc; active individuals looking to do some rewarding voluntary work; or individuals who might want to start groups as part of their personal training business or sport or leisure organisation.

If you would like more information please contact Lauren Scott  e:  or  t: 07730 208915


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