Girl running in Hampshire


Running is a simple way to be active anywhere at any time. You can run solo or in a group. It’s a great way to get active and enjoy some fresh air!

You don’t have to be a sprinter or trained marathon athlete to enjoy running. All you need is a pair of trainers and a route.

Running is a great low cost way to get active and it’s good for you. It is good for your heart and works to strengthen both bones and tendons. For lots of people, running is also the perfect escape. A way of clearing the mind and relaxing.

Starting off

For many people running can seem impossible. Starting off right can make a world of difference when it comes to your running journey. The key is to start out gently and build your way up to longer distance. This way running seems more manageable, with greater distances being more achievable.

One you’s Couch to 5k app is a great way to get started. It is a 9 week program that slowly builds each week to a 5k run in week 9. Read our Tech Explorer, Jen’s review of Couch to 5k to get the insight before downloading it.

Get more top tips on starting running from Run Together.


Couch to 5k App store

Download the Couch to 5k app for IOS from the app store.

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Couch to 5k Google Play

Download the couch to 5k app for Android from the Google Play store.

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Sharon's Story

Sharon started running using the Couch to 5k app. She kept it a secret to avoid disappointment if she was unable to complete a run. Free from pressure, Sharon found a new love for running. For her, running was a great help in emotionally difficult times. It gave her a chance to focus on something else. Before she knew it, she was running 30 minutes without stopping. After completing the Couch to 5k, Sharon took on the Race for Life.

Read Sharon’s secret running story.

Making Friends

Running can be very sociable and is a great way to meet new people.  Whether you choose to run with family and friends or join a local group. Having the support of others is a great way to stay motivated and running together can be great fun.

There are numerous free group run/jogs across Hampshire organised by Run Together. They offer a number of different runs for different abilities. Perfect for those who want the social side of running. You can also join your local Vitality park run. Held on Saturday mornings, park runs are 5k runs supported by local volunteers.

Run Together

Join your nearest Run Together group run for fun, organised runs/jogs with other people, led by qualified group leaders.

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Vitality park runs

Find your nearest park run today on the Vitality park run website and register for Free to attend the next run.

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Finding your route

Running is a great way to explore the coastal and country paths in Hampshire. However, it’s important to find the right route for you. With the New Forest, the South Downs and many other parks to choose from. There are lots of options for those who want to be close to nature when they run. Run Together also have a number of marked routes that still allow you to take in the beauty of nature.

If you’d rather stay close to home, there are some great apps and websites that help you track and create routes starting from your front door. Our Tech explorers have been trying out different apps so you can get the low down before downloading them.

Trail Runs

Find a trail run near you and get running through the Hampshire countryside.

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Run Together Routes

If you’re looking for a new running route, RunTogether has over 250 routes to try.

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Plot a route

Plan routes in your local neighbourhood easily on this free online tool.

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Nike Run Club

Track your routes, follow guided runs and measure your pace and distance.

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