Distance-marked running routes across the UK
25 February 2013
If you're looking for marked running routes to run in your own time then you're in luck as they're popping up across the country as part of Run England's 3-2-1 project.
There are currently 3-2-1 routes in Hampshire, Manchester, Sutton Coldfield, York, London and Crawley - all searchable at runengland.org/routes.
Local providers - working in partnership with athletics clubs and Run England groups - can mark routes that are 3, 2 and 1 miles, kilometres or laps – suitable target distances for anyone who wishes to have a go!
There are many more routes on the way over the coming days, weeks and months, so watch this space as the map keeps growing! Specific routes are the responsibility of each local provider, but safety is very important to us so here are a few tips for using our routes:
Safety tips for using 3-2-1 routes
- Find a group to run with - running with one of our groups makes running more fun, you make new friends and a qualified leader's advice can help you get the most from your running
- Look out for any hazards or obstacles - whether it is a tree root or a parked car the sooner you spot them the easier it is to avoid them. Your run will be less affected by them and you will be safer. Take all the personal safety precautions you normally would apply when on foot
- Be aware of traffic - don't take risks. On some routes you may have a choice of points at which to cross a road so doing it when the road is quietest and you have the best view of traffic is safer and less disruptive to your run
- Don't drown out sounds - headphones are popular but make sure you are aware of the sounds in your surroundings that can give you early warning of hazards
- Make sure you are visible - motorists will see you sooner and more clearly, and pedestrians are more likely to spot you and give you a clear run
To find out more about setting up a 3-2-1 route in your area, visit runengland.org/3-2-1.
Run England 3-2-1 routes are permanently marked running routes created by a range of local providers. You can search for local routes via the Run England website and the information on each route is provided by the organisation who provided the route. Runners use the listed 3 2 1 routes at their own risk.