20% of runners run to reduce stress and anxiety

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 02/07/2022 - 10:18pm

Around 18% of UK based runners run for mental health benefits above all else, according to a new study revealed by Runners Need , with 26% of Brits running to maintain a healthy weight.

After a tense year and a half, running can provide a productive way to let off steam and stay healthy. The Runners Need survey of around 2,000 respondents has revealed the UK’s top running habits: examining who runs, how far and often we run, why we run and even what our favourite running soundtracks are.

Why do we run?

The top reason Brits run is to maintain a healthy weight (26...

Can Do Active Couch to 5k

Can Do Active launch new Couch to 5k

Authored by CanDoActive
Posted: Thu, 01/06/2022 - 10:37am

Local health and wellbeing initiative, Can Do Active, are launching a new 12-week Couch to 5k programme in Exeter this Winter, starting in January and meeting at Exwick Playing Fields in Exeter on Tuesday mornings from 11th January (9:30am - 10:30am) and Thursday evenings from 13th January (5.30pm - 6.30pm).

All abilities are welcome and no experience is required, making it perfect for beginners or those aiming to get back into an active lifestyle.

All groups are led by England Athletics-qualified run leaders and are free to attend, you will receive all the support required...

Take on a challenge to improve your mental health this May

More than two in five runners in the South West (42%) say running has been good for their mental health during the pandemic – with 10% saying they wouldn't have been able to get through the last year without it.

However, research by running specialists, Runners Need, shows that 16% of South West runners said they have found it harder to stay motivated during lockdown without organised races to look forward to.

With almost a fifth of people (18%) in the South West enjoying running challenges and enjoying recording their run using an app (24%) – combined with all the...

Local dad raising funds for Chron's and Colitis on behalf of son

Authored by Erin
Posted: Fri, 01/29/2021 - 3:57pm

Steven Humphreys is an electrical maintenance technician in the South West, working for NHS Property Services. In September, Steven will be running 10 Ultra Marathons in 10 days – a whopping 30-50 miles each day to raise funds for Crohn’s and Colitis.

The reason Steven is taking on such a difficult challenge is in honour of his son who suffers from severe Crohn’s disease. By taking on this incredible feat, Steven hopes to raise awareness for those who feel the pain and discomfort of Crohn’s every single day. He is determined to push through the pain, much like his son continues...

Runners, Exeter

Lockdown surge of new runners in Exeter this December is a ticking time bomb for injuries

A Exeter expert is urging runners to take extra precautions and make sure they are doing all they can to be easily seen when it comes to exercising outdoors this winter.

The festive period typically sees the number of people pounding the pavements decline – with a third of people doing no exercise at all as they cosy up on the sofa or indulge on food and drink with family and friends. However, this year is predicted to be very different.

With lockdown restrictions still in place for many, combined with fewer Christmas parties and gatherings, Runners Need in Exeter has...

Everyone is welcome at the Race for Life Exeter

THIS January, everyone is invited to Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life in Exeter.

The charity’s much-loved events are returning to Westpoint but are no longer restricted to female participants.

This means everybody can be part of the empowering Race for Life movement – and show support for the 34,800 people diagnosed with cancer every year in the South West.

Anyone who signs up in January can claim a special 30% off the entry fee* by using the code RFLJAN30.

The Race for Life and Pretty Muddy events take place at Westpoint on Saturday, July 18 and Sunday,...

Two adults and two children run through trees in the dark

Shaun the Sheep is on the run this Halloween at Haldon Forest Park

Join Haldon Forest Park this Halloween for a Shaun the Sheep Farmageddon Glow Run !

To celebrate Aardman’s new film A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon, in cinemas 18 October, Shaun the Sheep welcomes all the family to enjoy this spooktacular 3km glow run on 30 October.

The route through the trees is lit up with fantastic colour and characters from the film are there to guide your way... but beware the Hazmats! Runners each receive a pair of Shaun the Sheep ears to decorate with UV paint to really make you glow before you venture into the forest.

Music and chat...

Two adults and two children run through trees in the dark

Shaun the Sheep Farmageddon Glow Run

Event Date: 
30/10/2019 - 6:00pm
Haldon Forest Park

Join us in the forest this Halloween for a Shaun the Sheep Farmageddon Glow Run! All the family will enjoy this spooktacular Shaun the Sheep themed run where trees are lit up with fabulous colour. To make you feel part of the flock, you will receive a pair of Shaun the Sheep ears and the chance to decorate them with UV paint to really make you glow before you venture into the forest. Music and chat from the MC will keep you entertained as you get your face painted (for a small charge) or grab a photo opportunity with Shaun the Sheep, who will be there to cheer you on. Runners will spot...

Marathon runners get ready to race at Exeter Quayside

CITY Community Trust launches new series of running events

A fantastic programme of running events – from fun runs to marathons - has been launched by Exeter’s leading health and wellbeing charity, CITY Community Trust.

The events will take place between autumn 2019 and summer 2020 - and there’s something for everyone, from professional runners, to those putting on their trainers for the first time.

The season will kick off in spooky style with two community Halloween Runs in Exeter on Thursday, 24 October at Barton Fields, Exeter. This event features a family fun run lap of 3km around Barton Fields and the surrounding area and a...

People in Hospiscare t-shirts scramble through a gorge

Calling all extreme event fans: Wild Tri is on its way!

Authored by Hospiscare
Posted: Mon, 04/22/2019 - 12:16pm

An exciting new event comes to Devon for the first time later this year when Hospiscare hosts Wild Tri, and its big brother, Wild Tri Extreme.

This will be a wild take on a triathlon, and promises to be an exhilarating experience that will challenge hard-core extreme event enthusiasts, as well as novices and those who like their events just a tad less challenging. The event will take place near Okehampton on 14 September, allowing plenty of time for preparation.

Routes for both Wild Tri and Wild Tri Extreme will take participants across the bleak and stunning landscapes of...