Running might seem daunting but there’s lots of help to take those first steps. The Couch to 5k app has helped more than 5 million people take up running. Leeds also offers women-only local Couch to 5k running groups like Sole Sisters or Leeds Girls Can Run Kirkstall Abbey, or check out what’s on offer throughout the city with Leeds Girls Can.
The Run Leeds website includes routes across the city, articles, essential beginners guides and groups. Try Parkrun, on Saturday mornings – it’s free and available in Armley, Middleton Park, Cross Flats, Woodhouse Moor, Roundhay, Temple Newsam, and Bramley. Why not get the kids involved with Junior Parkrun. or get your baby off to sleep on a buggy-run.
For anyone interested in improving mental wellbeing through running, #runandtalk is a group based in Hyde Park which is open to all and a safe space for people dealing with anxiety, depression or other mental health issues.