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Running participation England 2015-2019

In 2020, a national governmental annual survey found out that between November 2018 and November 2019, approximately 6.8 million people in England went running at least twice within 28 days. Running at any intensity and any duration was considered in the survey. Other than jogging or sprinting, there are different running styles. For example, the same study found that 280,600 people participated in fell running and 93,600 people took part in parkour or free running. Running is the most popular sport in England, followed by fitness class.

Other UK countries

In Scotland, roughly 14 percent of adults go running or jogging on a monthly basis, meaning at least on one occasion in the previous month at the time of being asked. Wales shows the same rate, also resulting in 14 percent of the population running at least once a month. Northern Ireland shows a very similar trend.

Other sports

Sports in the United Kingdom (UK) show a vast variety of activities that people take part in such as Golf, football, dance, hockey, cricket as well as many water and winter sports. For almost every sport there are club membership opportunities in the UK.

Number of people participating in running in England from 2015 to 2019

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Release date

April 2020


United Kingdom (England)

Survey time period

2015 to 2019

Number of respondents

181,535 respondents

Age group

16 years and older

Special properties

base varies

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

At least twice in the last 28 days. Any intensity, any duration.

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