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How much does it cost?
Our running programme is completely free of charge.
What happens on my first visit?
Our trained run leaders will ask you to complete a health screening form before you take part in any activity, and remember to bring next-of-kin contact details to include on the form. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before each run walk is due to start, to register.
Do I book a place in advance or just turn up?
You do not need to book in advance for our running sessions, but it is advisable to ring if the weather is bad to check if the run is going ahead. If you have any health conditions that limit you taking part or if you have any concerns about increasing your activity levels why not go through our referral scheme first?
I haven’t run in a while is there anything suitable for me?
Our running sessions are ideal for people who want to take up running, but don’t know where to safely start. They are led by qualified run leaders and are a great way to take up running in a safe and sociable atmosphere. If you have a health condition and would like more advice before you increase your activity levels, contact our referral scheme.
I need some motivation to run more, what can I do?
Get online and register for our 12 week Get Running programme and follow your progress. You can also get access to a number of resources and incentives to help get you started and keep you motivated.
Why is running so good?
Running is free, accessible and requires no special equipment (apart from a decent pair of trainers). Almost anyone can become a regular runner, although it is important to start with walking and build up speed gradually. Running is a great form of cardiovascular exercise and it can reduce your risk of heart attack, stroke, angina and high blood pressure. It can help you to manage your weight, and, as it is a weight-bearing exercise, its great for strengthening bones too. Running can help raise your mood and self-esteem, improve sleep, relieve stress and is a great opportunity to spend time with friends, family or ‘time out’ for you. It gives your lower body an excellent workout, but make sure you mix up your workouts so your upper body gets a workout too!
Why run in Wigan Borough?
It may come as a surprise to some to discover that the borough of Wigan is two-thirds green space. There is mile upon mile of trails and pathways, bridleways and tow-paths; the borough offers moss lands and wetlands, plantations and the famous Flashes, all brimming with lush vegetation and a remarkable collection of wildlife.
How much activity should I do?
If you are an adult, running for a total of 150 minutes a week, meets the Chief Medical Officer's recommendations for physical activity. This can be split up into bouts of as little as 10 minutes. The best way to ensure that you keep active over the long term is to include activity in your everyday life.
What should I bring?
Bring any relevant medication such as inhalers, that you may need in an emergency. If you don’t bring this, you may not be allowed to participate. If you are diabetic, consider bringing a snack. Bring a bottled drink such as water.
What should I wear?
Wear a decent pair of trainers and loose fitting clothing. We can not guarantee good weather, so bring a light waterproof jacket just in case. If it is sunny, wear a hat and sun screen.
I am part of a group and we are keen to start running more, can you help?
We will help get your local group, workplace or organisation running. We can lead a one off taster or we can plan a 12 week programme for your group. Each participant in the programme will get a running starter pack. We will lead some runs tailored to your group and give you ideas how to continue in the long term.
Are there any organised running groups in the area?
Inspiring healthy lifestyles has a running programme which is led by qualified run leaders, volunteers and our extensive range of partners across the Wigan Borough to offer an accessible programme that features various lengths of runs, from beginners 1-2k to longer runs. Our specific 12 week Get Running programme will help you reach your 5k goal and can signpost you into the many organised local events taking place, including Race 4 Life, parkrun, and Legacy events.
What else is going on in my local area?
Find out what is going on in your area including events, runs led by our partner organisations, ideas for local running routes, local running groups and links to other useful websites.
I’d like to give something back to my local community, how can I do this?
Volunteers play an important role in the development and provision of our running programme, which not only benefits the local community but also themselves. Volunteering gives you the opportunity to develop an interest, learn new skills, gain a qualification, part time job or develop a career.
How do I become a Volunteer Run Leader?
We can offer training to our volunteers who are willing and able to lead our runs in the borough. The one day course is a practical and covers topics such as, how to lead a run, benefits of and barriers to exercise and risk assessments. Once you have completed the course resources available to you to make the most of your new skills, including a Volunteer Run Leader Manual and run leader certificate.