Harness your running habits

Running habits

Our busy lives make it sometimes challenging to get out for a run or go to the gym.  Whether it is working, seeing friends/family or general day-to-day life admin,  we can struggle to fit it all in!

Our retail and fitness partner, DW Fitness First offer their advice on one thing you can do to change your life: harness the power of habit. 

When you think “habits”, you may automatically prefix it with the word “bad”. But forming habits is actually one of the best ways to make a real, lasting change.

Find out more by clicking HERE

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Winter warm weather marathon training camp

30th January 2020 – 6th February 2020

Our official active holiday partner Sports Tours International would like to offer you an exclusive discount code for Club La Santa accommodation for their winter warm marathon training camp. Click the button to receive your code and find out more about how warm weather training can help you prepare for the 2020 season!

Marathon training camp this way 

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Our 100,000 RunTogether Runner 

We recently celebrated our 100,000 runner registered with RunTogether. Maggie from RunTogether Run Fit Chorley was our lucky milestone runner and as a result was awarded a pair of trainers and a voucher courtesy of our retail and fitness part DW Fitness First as well as a pair of headphones from Aftershokz. 

Maggie said, "I used the voucher to purchase a fitbit. Now I can track my fitness progress; but as far as my health and well-being, I know how good I feel since I got back out running with the group. It was refreshing to see more new members and everyone supporting, motivating and encouraging everyone on."

Thanks for sending in a picture of your new trainers, Maggie. Wishing you and your group the very best on your running journey.

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Will you be taking part in #RunAndTalk? 

There is still time for your RunTogether group to host a #RunAndTalk session  during 23-29th September. We would love your group to get involved and help shake the stigma that surrounds mental health. Run Leaders can register now to host a #RunAndTalk run by simply tagging the run with #RunAndTalk when you log in and list a session on the website. For more info hit the button below. 

Join in on the conversation on social media using the hashtag #RunAndTalk

More info on #RunAndTalk HERE


Run Leader development days 

The Run Leader Development Series is back by popular demand for 2019/2020 and is bigger and better than ever!

Over 800 leaders attended last year’s Run Leader Development Series and we have expanded the 2019/2020 series to 7 locations across the country.

  • Birmingham
  • Brighton
  • Bristol
  • Cambridge
  • Leeds
  • London
  • Manchester     

The series of informative and engaging workshops are aimed at leaders and coaches from both affiliated clubs and the RunTogether community. They are designed to bring leaders and coaches together in an environment where they can network and learn from each other by sharing skills and challenges, plus expand their knowledge of managing and growing groups, and enhance their understanding of technical skills in running.

To find out more information or to book onto one of the following workshops please follow below: *Please note these workshops will cost £20 per attendee*

The three days will run from 9:45-16:00  and will focus on the following topics

Day 1:
Enhancing personal skills to support new leaders
Planning and structuring sessions for all abilities
Making sessions more inclusive
Practical strength and conditioning
Q&A with an ex-Olympic endurance runner.


Day 2:
Supporting and engaging runners
Social rewards of exercise
Training tips to keep sessions interesting and innovative
Building bite-size sessions to suit all schedules
ABCs of fitness
Nutrition: fuelling for training and competition.


Day 3:
Supporting runners to go further distances
Structuring sessions for training and race preparation
Managing a growing group or club
Sports psychology: breaking through the wall
Q&A with an ex-Olympic endurance runner.


Our special RunTogether session @ Manchester International 

On Wednesday 14th August we hosted a special RunTogether session at the England Athletics' Manchester International Event. 

Runners from various RunTogether groups across Manchester joined us (and Leonard the Lion, the England Athletics mascot) for a 5k run around the Etihad Stadium. All 22 runners supported each other through the wet and windy conditions, followed by watching some track and field athletics inside the Manchester Regional Arena. 

Special thanks to Pat, Thomas and Molly for leading the session. We hope all the RunTogether community enjoyed the evening as much as we did!


DW Fitness First - Group of the Month, GMCR Runners

Congratulations to RunTogether GMCR Runners. 

RunTogether Get My Community Running, were nominated by runners Claire and Amy. Commenting on their group, they said: "The couch to 5k group has been extremely successful. The group organises extra events for the runners' children so the group has a real family feel and all are welcome. The runners regularly come together and are warmly welcomed by all." Claire describes the group as "diverse, inclusive and one big family."

Amy credits the Run Leaders, Becky and Guy as "fabulous people with endless supply of energy and enthusiasm." She describes the group as having "changed the lives of so many people within our community'." She goes on to say that  "it’s a totally inclusive environment and everyone is welcome. In this day and age where people don’t communicate verbally, it’s simply breathtaking how running as a group can change peoples' state of mind for the better."

"It's great to see how many people enjoy the work the group do, with a Couch 2 5k session every week on a 10 week programme. It is fantastic that the sessions are for everybody, regardless of experience or ability. "

Congratulations once again GMCR, keep up the great work! One pair of Brooks Runnning Ghost 12, trainers courtesy of Brooks and DW Fitness First, will be on their way to you. 

Will your group and/or Run Leader win in September? Nominate today by emailing us HERE


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DW Fitness First - Run Leader of the Month, Andy Raju

We were inundated with nominations for Andy, Group Leader of Run with Andy

Floyd said: "Andy provides a non pressured and friendly environment. He is a wonderful ambassador for the running and walking community. Under his leadership and guidance the group have been doing a new brilliant trail walking scheme for the summer and his routes and guidance are amazing." Runner, Chike said: "he offers great advise and is very supportive of his team members."

Gene and the other runners went on to say how welcoming the group is, particularly if you are new to RunTogether.  She said: "his sessions are very relaxed and non-pressured, perfect for anyone who wants to train effectively in a calm and composed manner."

Andy embodies the values of a RunTogether Run Leader and on top of all that, he recently introduced 'plogging', which means runners walk/run whilst picking up litter. What a positive way to help the environment. Congratulations Andy; we think you are a very deserving winner of Run Leader of the month. One pair of Brooks Running Ghost 12 trainers courtesy of Brooks and DW Fitness First, will be sent to you. 

Will your group and/or Run Leader win in September? Nominate today by emailing us HERE

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As in life, things change for better or for worse! RunTogether's email platform is changing. And a consequence our Run Leader and Runner newsletter will have a different look and feel from next month. So if you see something in red in colour (RunTogether's true colours) and the format is different, please don't delete us! And if you have strong feelings in favour or not in favour with our new look please do let us know via hello@englandathletics.org

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