Training and Advice
Great Run are delighted to bring you the best advice and support on your running journey.
Whether you’re training for your first event or have your eye on a PB, we’re here to support you every step of the way.
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Great Run Training Plans
Our 6 to 16 week training plans are designed to get you run ready.
Whether your goal is to complete your first 5K or you’ve set your sights on a half marathon, you’ll find the right training plan for you here.
Running Tips and Tricks
It can be scary reading through ALL of the running advice out there when you are a beginner, or even a seasoned runner! To get you through the s…
Running Through The Winter
To help kick back the slump through the dark winter months, follow our tips to keep motivated, and stay safe and healthy along the way.
Blow Off The Cobwebs!
Check out our top tips to keep you running this Autumn…
Indoor Workout Tips
Getting the opportunity to fit exercise into your schedule at the moment can be a challenge - here's our tips to get the most out of your sessio…
Recovery Nutrition FAQ
This recovery nutrition FAQ guide will tell you everything you need to know about recovery nutrition after your half marathon.
Recovery Nutrition and Recipes for Runners
Here are our top recovery nutrition tips and three inspiring recipes to banish food boredom and maximise replenishment and recovery.
The Absolute Beginners Guide to Running
Take a look at our top five tips for keeping a brand new running habit going.
The Best Carbs for Runners + 2 delicious pasta recipes
Carbs are essentially your own personal energy source, helping you power through your run. And we've got two delicious pasta recipes for you!
Top Tips For Summer Running
Hello summer. Hello sunshine. Hello heat! Here's some tips to keep you running over the summer.
Finding time to Run
It’s so important to build running into - and around - your busy life. Once it’s part of your routine, it becomes a non-negotiable - and hard to say no.
Choosing trainers and keeping your feet run-ready
Your ultimate guide Running is a great way to keep fit. It’s free, it’s fun, and it works wonders on your mental health and wellbeing. And once…
Hydration tips for runners
Staying hydrated is key for runners of all abilities. Our tips help to resolve the confusion around hydration.
Your Complete Guide to Stretching
Stretching before and after a run is about more than just a satisfying feeling – it’s vital for lengthening your muscles, increasing flexibility…
Plan Your Ultimate Training Diet
Fuelling your body to train well on a daily basis is essential.
Sleep tight, run better
Sleep has a vital role in helping our body and minds run smoothly, and less sleep can actually have a negative impact on running performance.
Put The Spring Back In Your Step
We’ve come up with five ways to celebrate the advent of Spring, and to make the most of that incredible feeling of we-can-do-anything positivity!
Running Is Great For Kids – Here’s Why
There’s nothing quite like seeing the smiling, happy faces of young children taking part in physical activities and there are multiple health an…
Why training is really important
5 Reasons Why Training Is Really, Really, Really Important So, you’ve signed up for a Great Run – bravo! We’re thrilled that you’re going to be…
Training For The Great Manchester Run
Your 12-week plan to go from gentle jogger to 10 kilometre ace. With just twelve weeks to go until the Great Manchester Run now is the time to d…
10 ways to #LoveRunning even more
You might already be completely in love with running (like we are here at Great Run) or maybe you like to run but you wouldn’t say you’re in lov…
Event day tips
Tips For Event Day Success
Here are our top tips for before, during, and after event day to make sure it is a success…
10 Ways To Smash Your Fundraising Target
These simple tips can help you to get your fundraising off the ground and have lots of fun while preparing for your challenge at the Simplyhealt…
Keeping Cool In Fancy Dress
Every year we see hundreds of incredible outfits. We have some tips on how to get round your run without having to ditch the outfit after mile one.
7 Of The Best Post-Run Places To Eat In Manchester
We’ve teamed up with Manchester blogger Frankie’s Weekend to bring you her top 6 restaurants around the city where you can relax and refuel afte…
10 Great South Run Hacks For 10 Miles
With the Simplyhealth Great South Run almost upon us, over 20,000 runners will descend on Portsmouth on the weekend of 21-22 October for the wor…
Everything you need to know about your first half-marathon
First ever marathon? Here’s some words of advice, from the runners themselves.
Stretches For Your Hamstrings and Calves
Here are some specific stretches for your calves and hamstrings to ease tension and fatigue.
10 Tips to Stay Injury Free
We’ve pulled together our ten top tips for avoiding strains, sprains, shin splints and more. Let’s go!
How To Avoid A Stitch
YOU’RE powering your way through a run or workout when suddenly you are gripped with a stabbing pain that threatens to bring all your efforts to…
Common Running Injuries and How To Spot Them
Most running injuries are overuse ones - meaning that they creep up on you gradually.
Why Massage Is So Good For Runners
Massage isn’t just a feel-good way to indulge or pamper yourself, it is a powerful tool to help you take charge of your health and wellbeing.
Six smart steps to healthy joints
Physiotherapist Jenny Blizzard's advice on joint preparation and how to maintain good joint health.
Your Daily Routine to Become a Better Runner
Read on to discover five exercises which will slot easily into your daily life while making a massive difference to your running performance.
Common Running Injuries – and how to handle them
There are some common running injuries that can cause problems for runners of all abilities from time to time.
Returning To Running
For everyone who has taken a break from running, it will take time for your body to adapt to running again. Here are some helpful tips...
Your next event
Great North Run
60,000 determined and dedicated runners make the Great North Run the World’s biggest and best half marathon.
Great North 5k
Soak up the party atmosphere and join us for a fast and flat 5k on Friday 8 September 2023.
Great North 10k
A fast 10k route that takes runners on a journey along the River Tyne. The Great North 10k will return in 2023.
Great Birmingham Run
Birmingham’s biggest and best 10k and half marathon running event returns to the city on 7 May 2023.
Great Bristol Run
Bristol’s much-loved 10k and Half Marathon running event returns on 14 May.
Great Manchester Run
If you're going to do a run in Manchester in 2023, make it the greatest.
Great South Run
The Great South Run is the south coasts biggest and best running weekend and not to be missed!
Great South 5k
Take on a fast, flat 5k route and soak up the incredible atmosphere at the Great South Run weekend.
Great Scottish Run
Scotland’s biggest running celebration will return to the streets of Glasgow in 2023.