Legendary Commonwealth gold medal winner and 4 time distance world record breaker Ron Hill put on his running shoes and ran at least a mile everyday for over 50 years! The #RED initiative is capturing this spirit of what Ron dedicated a lifetime to.

#RED is about people’s passion for running, that every day we love to go out, unwind, keep fit and active. Everyone one has their own goals and abilities. Whether yours is to run once, twice a week or every day it is together and our shared interest and experiences in the sport that inspires.

Lace up your shoes, go out for a run and be a part of the #RED October Challenge.


People are built to run. It is something we evolved to do.

The human bodies are shaped the way they are because we evolved to be extremely effective endurance runners. The shapes of our hips and feet, the length of our legs, our shock-absorbing spinal discs, and our ability to sweat make it possible for us to run mile after mile.

It is no surprise that running is strongly associated with a number of benefits for our bodies and brains.

Many experts consider exercise to be the closest thing to a miracle drug. As a form of cardio exercise that’s easily accessible, running is one of the most straightforward ways to get the important benefits of daily exercise.

  • Even a short run can lift symptoms of depression and helps improve mood.
  • Running helps, you sleep better, and increases your ability to focus.
  • Running considerably improves cardiovascular health.
  • Running can improve your mind at any age and fight age-related cognitive decline.
  • Running changes the brain in ways that make it more resistant to stress.
  • Running can improve your knees health contrary to what many people think! It also helps strengthen bones.

Running is one of the most accessible exercises there is. There’s no expensive health club memberships you don’t need to join the gym. You can do it any time, any place almost in the entire world.  All you need is a good pair of running shoes and some suitable kit.

There is so much variety that you can incorporate into your running. You can change your routes and sessions. Include Hill training, intervals, long and slow distances. All are great exercises keeping you fit, helping to burn fat and improve your overall health.

Remember a short run a day can easily be built into most people’s busy daily lives. You can run first thing in the morning.  To or from work, at lunchtime or in the evenings.  A 15 – 20 minute run in the morning will set you up for the day, while an evening run offers ‘time’ to reflect on the day.

The NHS recommends 75 minutes of vigorous activity each week. Meaning a 10 – 15 minute run a day will allow you to hit the 75-minute target!

Running every day also helps to make exercise a regular habit. With a daily running schedule, you are more likely to develop a consistent routine and stick to it.


SRG is a series of weekly runs hosted across the country and are a free, fun and friendly run. We are getting involved with the #RED Challenge. Come and join us at your local SRG and let’s run together.

We give each other great advice and support! We are looking forward to sharing experiences, not just of your run streaks, but also your race highlights, beautiful places to go running and amusing stories from your runs. Join the fun and find your local SRG run location, time and date:

Always listen to your own body. Know when to go for a slow, shorter run or have a rest day. You can always go again tomorrow. Good luck and Happy Running!

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