Run-in' Devon

Love to Run? Could you inspire beginners and people new to running?

Active Devon have been successful with a funding application to Sport England aimed at creating running groups to inspire new beginner runners in the county.

The project which will be delivered in partnership with Run England, England Athletics and local delivery partners may be able to provide free training in the Leadership in Running and Fitness (LiRF) course for group leaders to set up new adult beginners running groups.

The LiRF course provides you with all the training and skills you need to lead your own running group at your workplace, university, school or local neighbourhood. It doesn't matter if you've never run before or your an experienced runner the course is for everyone. The course provides a qualification, a leaders license and insurance in just one day!

Looking to create a running group?

Running groups are a great way to keep fit, socialise and have fun! If you are passionate about running and interested in setting up your own group Active Devon want to hear from you, please contact Stuart Dudley on 01392 263674.

You could set up a group anywhere you like, for example at your;

  •  Sports club (for parents watching junior training)
  •  School (for parents after the school drop off)
  •  University
  •  Workplace
  •  Leisure Centre
  •  Local community

Active Devon can also provide promotional material to advertise your group.

For more information on setting up your own group click here.

Already a run leader?

If you have already completed the LiRF course or have an equivalent qualification, you can also get involved in the project. Active Devon can support the creation of new groups as well as supporting existing groups to accomodate new members. For more information please contact

Racing for life? Get free training and support with Plymouth City Council

You’ll never walk alone…or run alone…if you’re taking part in this year’s Race for Life on 22 June.

Plymouth City Council’s sports development unit has organised free training sessions to help get you in shape for the charity run.

The one-hour sessions are suitable for people of all fitness levels and abilities – from those who have never raced before to experienced 5K runners.

They’re taking place in various locations at a range of times, including mornings and early evenings, to help you prep for the big day.

Meeting points include Coypool Park and Ride, Plymstock School Sports Centre, Freedom Fields Park, the Civic Centre, UCP Marjon Sports Centre, Plymouth Life Centre, Fort Stamford Health and Fitness Centre and Saltram House

Extra sessions are also being offered to help improve balance, core, agility and strength training at just £2 per session. These take place at the Plymouth Life Centre every Thursday morning from 24 April and include basic exercises that help develop running technique and improve core conditioning.

Not registered for Race for Life yet? Don’t get left behind – sign up, raise money for a good cause and get fit for the summer!

Even if you’re not running in the race you can still go along to the training sessions, but there will be a charge of £2 a session. All proceeds raised will go to Cancer Research UK.

For more information or to book a place call 01752 307008 or email

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