RunTogether, the new name for the hugely successful Run England programme, has been shortlisted by the Women's Sport Trust for their annual #BeAGameChanger Awards. RunTogether was assessed with eight other National Governing Bodies and is joined by British Triathlon and England Netball for the final decision by a public vote, which will be announced on Thursday 11 May.
Be A Game Changer With RunTogether
RunTogether was developed by England Athletics, the membership body for grassroots athletics in England, to provide fun, friendly and supportive running opportunities for all, with the overall goal to help a million people get into running by 2020.
Despite only being formally launched in January this year, more than 20,000 women have attended one of the 1,000 RunTogether groups offering over 10,000 run sessions nationally. The RunTogether website reaches a predominantly female audience (70%) and supports the high profile #ThisGirlCan project, with a social media profile of 135,000 and growing.
A key element of England Athletics' engagement has been the Leadership in Running Fitness (LiRF) course, which has equipped 4,957 runners to lead groups in their local community and workplace in the last year – with 57.5% of new LiRF leaders being women.
Perhaps most impressive is the exponential growth in the number of females who have gone on to register as affiliated athletes with England Athletics; up by 10.6% in 2016/17 and for the first time ever the proportion of women seeking affiliation is over 50%. In eight years, female registration has grown from 42,255 in 2008/09 to 78,220 in 2016/17 – an increase of 85%!
The public vote closed on 30 April and runABC will report the outcome as well as continuing to ensure that changing trends in running continue to be reflected in our news and features.
More details on the Women's Sport Trust Awards are available on Women's Sport Trust website.