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What is it?

Running is one of the cheapest and simplest forms of exercise. You can run almost anywhere and anytime. From power walking to jogging, running and racing there is a speed for everyone. Build up gradually and see what works for you.

Running can be a really sociable sport, head to the park for a run with a friend or join a beginners group and make new friends. Parkrun have runs across Leeds which take place every Saturday and are completely free.

You don’t need much equipment to run just put on your trainers and get outside.

Why is it good for me?

  • Running is good for your heart
  • It raises energy levels and increases mental functions
  • It is a great way to de-stress and can reduce anxiety

Is it for me?

Running is a sport for everyone. It can be done at any pace and over any distance at your own speed. Most people start by doing a mixture of walking and running. It is a very sociable sport, running with friends or as part of a group can help you stay motivated and encourage you to get out there.

There are lots of free parkrun events and running clubs across Leeds who will support you and help you find your step. You can search for clubs near you at Run England.

If you are a competitive person running could be the perfect activity for you. There are lots of different events and competitions across Leeds that you can take part in and challenge yourself such as the Leeds Abbey Dash and Leeds Plusnet half and full marathons. Having an event to work towards can be a great incentive to push yourself and get out running with friends or as part of a running group.

How much does it cost?

Running is one of the cheapest sports that you can do. You don’t need much equipment to get started. You can run outside for free. Head to your nearest park and give it a go. Many running clubs or groups let you try it out first before committing to any subscription costs.

What equipment do I need?

  • Trainers. Running shops will help fit you for the right pair of trainers.
  • High visibility clothing if you are running at night.
  • Shorts, leggings or tracksuit bottoms, socks and a t-shirt.
  • A well-fitted sports bra.

Become an ambassador

We want you to help us persuade more women and girls to get active, whatever their age, size, background or ability.

What is an Ambassador?
A Leeds Girls Can Ambassador: Goes through an appropriate recruitment process and signs up to Leeds City Council and Sport England’s policies and procedures. The main aim of an Ambassador is to get more women and girls in Leeds physically active. Ambassadors are required to attend monthly meetings which are vital for receiving guidance and insight around This Girl Can, this helps support their role. An Ambassador is not paid for their time, they are not required to lead a group and the roles can vary.

For further information on becoming an ambassador or any of our other roles contact Dani Penney

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Get Involved

Do you have an event, club or sport you would like to see here? Please get in touch.

Leeds Girls Can, here:

  • motive8 North Running Club
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    7 Marshall Court, Marshall Street
    Leeds, LS11 9YJ United Kingdom
    Starts: October 24 @ 5:30 pm
    5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
  • Leeds Girls Can Run - Temple Newsam
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    Temple Newsam Farm Car Park, Temple Newsam Road,
    Leeds, LS15 0AE United Kingdom
    Starts: October 24 @ 6:30 pm
    6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
  • Potternewton Park Excercise Club
    5:30 pm
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    Potternewton Park, Harehills Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS7
    Leeds, Ls7 United Kingdom
    Starts: October 25 @ 5:30 pm
    5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
  • Leeds Beckett Running Club
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    Carnegie Hall, Leeds Beckett University, Headingley Campus
    Leeds, LS6 3QQ United Kingdom
    Starts: October 25 @ 6:00 pm
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • GO TRI Beginner Running Group
    7:15 pm
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    Morley Leisure Centre, Queensway, Morley
    Leeds, LS27 9JP United Kingdom
    Starts: October 25 @ 7:15 pm
    7:15 pm - 8:15 pm
  • Leeds Girls Can Run Armley
    9:30 am
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    Armley Leisure Centre, Carr Crofts
    Leeds, LS12 3HB United Kingdom
    Starts: October 26 @ 9:30 am
    9:30 am - 10:30 am
  • Social Run Group
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    Armley Park, Stanningley Road
    Leeds, LS12 3LW United Kingdom
    Starts: October 26 @ 10:00 am
    10:00 am - 11:00 am
  • Leeds Girls Can Run - Hyde Park
    6:30 pm
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    Hyde Park, Clarendon Road
    Leeds, LS2 9JT United Kingdom
    Starts: October 26 @ 6:30 pm
    6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
  • Woodhouse Moor Park Run
    9:00 am
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    Woodhouse Ln, Leeds, West Yorkshire
    Leeds, United Kingdom
    Starts: October 28 @ 9:00 am
    9:00 am - 11:00 am
  • Cross Flatts Park Run
    9:00 am
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    Cross Flatts Park, Beeston
    Leeds, LS11 7BQ
    Starts: October 28 @ 9:00 am
    9:00 am - 11:00 am
  • Roundhay Parkrun
    9:00 am
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    Roundhay Park
    Leeds, LS8 2ER United Kingdom
    Starts: October 28 @ 9:00 am
    9:00 am - 11:00 am
  • Temple Newsam Parkrun
    9:00 am
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    Temple Newsam, Temple Newsam Road, Off Selby Road
    Leeds, LS15 0AE United Kingdom
    Starts: October 28 @ 9:00 am
    9:00 am - 11:00 am
  • Bramley Parkrun
    9:00 am
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    Bramley Park, Westover Road
    Leeds, LS13 3PG United Kingdom
    Starts: October 28 @ 9:00 am
    9:00 am - 11:00 am
  • Potternewton Park Excercise Club
    10:00 am
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    Potternewton Park, Harehills Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS7
    Leeds, Ls7 United Kingdom
    Starts: October 28 @ 10:00 am
    10:00 am - 11:30 am
  • Leeds Girls Can & Hyde Park Harriers Trail Run Take Over
    10:30 am
    Roundhay Park
    Leeds, LS8 2ER United Kingdom
    Starts: October 28 @ 10:30 am
    10:30 am - 12:30 pm
  • Train for GO TRI
    12:15 pm
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    Bodington Avenue
    Adel , West Yorkshire LS16 8NA United Kingdom
    Starts: October 28 @ 12:15 pm
    12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
  • Leeds Girls Can Lunchtime Run
    12:45 pm
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    100 Wellington Street (near Starbucks)
    Leeds, LS1 1BA United Kingdom
    Starts: October 30 @ 12:45 pm
    12:45 pm - 1:45 pm
  • Yorkshire Cricket Foundation Running Club
    5:30 pm
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    Yorkshire Cricket Centre, St Michael's Lane
    Leeds, LS6 3BU United Kingdom
    Starts: October 30 @ 5:30 pm
    5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
  • South Leeds Girls Can Run
    6:15 pm
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    John Charles Centre for Sport, Middleton Grove
    Leeds, LS11 5DJ
    Starts: October 30 @ 6:15 pm
    6:15 pm - 7:15 pm
  • Leeds Trinity Beginner Friendly Running Group
    7:30 pm
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    Brownberrie Ln, Horsforth
    Leeds, West Yorkshire LS18 5HD United Kingdom
    Starts: October 30 @ 7:30 pm
    7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Hyde Park Harriers #runandtalk
    7:00 pm
    The Edge, University of Leeds, Willow Terrace Road
    Leeds, LS2 9JT United Kingdom
    Starts: November 4 @ 7:00 pm
    7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Woodhouse Moor
    Woodhouse Ln, Leeds, West Yorkshire
    Leeds, United Kingdom
  • Cross Flats
    Leeds,
  • Roundhay Park
    Roundhay Park
    Leeds, LS8 2ER United Kingdom
  • Temple Newsam
    Temple Newsam, Temple Newsam Road, Off Selby Road
    Leeds, LS15 0AE United Kingdom
  • Carnegie Hall
    Carnegie Hall, Leeds Beckett University, Headingley Campus
    Leeds, LS6 3QQ United Kingdom