How do I start?
- For more information on running - advice, training, races, clubs you can join - a good place to start is one of these sites: Run Together, Jog Scotland, Run Wales and Northern Ireland Running.
- You can also find your local athletics club on the British Athletics website - there are more than 1,400 throughout the country.
- If you are new to running, or you've not been active for a while, Couch to 5K is a free nine-week running plan especially designed for people who want to work on their fitness levels.
But, is running for me?
- Running is for everyone. It is the perfect way to get active - it's free and you can start right outside your front door. Comfortable sports clothing and a suitable pair of trainers is all you need.
What to expect when I begin running?
- Running helps to get rid of stress hormones, boosts your mood and keeps you fit.
- It burns more calories than many mainstream exercise activities. You can do it as little or as often as you like and fit it around your busy schedule.
- Follow a training schedule to increase your pace and distance gradually.
- If you want to start running but feel nervous about doing it on your own, RunTogether could be the answer.
- Or check out parkrun UK, who organise free weekly runs in open spaces including parks, woodlands and beaches.
- 'Junior parkruns' are held on Sunday mornings for children aged 4-14. Just register for free before your first run.
- Disability athletes wanting to take part in running events can register online for support to find a local club and coach on the England Athletics website.
To get you in the mood ...
All clubs need a chair, secretary and treasurer to help things run smoothly as well as officials, coaches and judges. Whatever role you're interested in, Join In has opportunities to volunteer in your area.