Go for it, run!

Suitable for:6 to 10, 11 to 16, 16+

As well as being a hive of creativity, Sheffield is very outdoorsy city. And running is one of our favourite activities. If you feel like you’ve been on the sofa a bit too much, grab your trainers and find out what you’ve been missing.

Why everyone’s running

The benefits are more varied than you might think. Yes running burns calories and helps to keep you fit, but it’s also good for your general wellbeing, including your mental health. Lots of students, for example, join running groups when they move to the city so they can make new friends. It’s a social thing!

You could combine your run with our Sheffield Playlist Adventure for musical inspiration while you run.

Have a race

Not because you’re super-competitive (although you might be!) but just for the fun of it. Racing your family and friends across your local park is the ideal introduction to how good running feels!

Have a walk

Alternatively why not get creative on your daily walk? Take notice of the colours, shapes and textures around you. You could even take pictures of things that are the same colour and post them online. 

Kids running in the woods
Kids running in the woods

Runners World have lots of handy tips and guides to get you started, like this one aimed at beginners. Just make sure you are sticking to the current social-distancing guidance!

There are running routes marked out all across the city. Take a look at the Outdoor City Run Routes to find the closest one to you. 

There are loads of running groups for beginners in Sheffield. For a full list plus other useful information, see the Outdoor City website.