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More UK runners than ever before
Thursday, 18 September 2014 08:16
There are now 10.5 million runners stepping out around the UK, reports Sports Marketing Surveys Inc. One in five adults runs four or more times a year, and the average rate of running participation is 72 times per year, or once or twice a week. Fifty-five per cent of runners do at least a third of their running on the roads, while a quarter do at least a third still outdoors, but off-road.
Longer distance running, while not as popular as shorter distance running, is also gaining participants in the UK. In the last 12 months 800,000 runners, or 10 per cent of the UK adult running population competed in a marathon, half marathon or triathlon. Following the release of this data, running can profess to be the number-two sport in the UK in terms of participation, after swimming.