Scholar Alice’s Tips: Getting into Running

Getting into Running …

As I’m sure you’re aware, running is a great way to keep fit and prevent serious health issues. Studies have shown that running can also help improve the quality of your emotional and mental life, and even help you live longer! It can also …

  • Make you feel happier (perhaps not while you are running, but you’ll feel great once the endorphins kick in).
  • It’s a great way to tone up and lose weight
  • Help to strengthen your bones and joints
  • It’s convenient and cheap!

How to get started…

I would recommend investing in a good pair of shoes if you’re going to be running regularly to avoid injury, but other than that, running is a really cheap and easy way to keep fit, all you’ll need is a pair of shorts and a T-shirt.

If you’re lacking in motivation, why not download Strava onto your phone. It’s an app which tracks your distance and speed, I find it a great way to keep motivated through winter training as it actively tracks your progress…Strava

MMU Sport offer a FREE jogging session every Thursday 4:45pm. It’s only a gentle jog and it’s totally beginner friendly! All you need to wear is comfortable running wear and your student/staff ID!

Club Running …

There are loads of great running clubs in Manchester the majority of which are near campus and fallowfield.

MMU Athletics/Harriers is the university running team. This year the club linked up with Trafford AC, who now provide all of the club’s track training at Longford park in Chorlton every Monday evening at 7pm. Weekly circuit sessions take place at Manchester Grammar School every Tuesday, 6.15-7.15pm, it’s a great way to build up your core strength. The club also meets every Thursday at 6.30pm at Hardys Well in Fallowfield for a road run, which is suitable for all abilities, with route varying from 5k- 10K+.

For more information or to join


If you fancy joining a local running club, check out this website; where you’ll find all the local running clubs. Training with a club is a great way to remain motivated, improve and receive quality coaching.

Feel inspired?

Why not head down to Platt fields park and try Park Run. A 5k run is held there every Saturday morning at 9am. It’s a great way to test your fitness, try racing or just enjoy running with others.

Set yourself goals, it will help to keep you motivated as you begin to make progress. I find it helpful to plan races, this gives you a reason to train.  There are also loads of running races happening around Manchester like; The Great Run, Manchester 10k and the Manchester Marathon! So what are you waiting for!

Thanks Alice!

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