Running in Oadby and Wigston

Running, like walking, is a great way to get active and help you improve both your physical and mental wellbeing. It can help you reduce your risk of developing long-term illnesses and is also a good way to get out and explore your local community.

Below is information below on getting started, local groups and couch to 5K.


Couch to 5K

Couch to 5k provides a free weekly programme to help you gradually build up to running 5k in 9 weeks. It's designed for complete beginners and comes in either the form of a podcast or as an app you can download. Both have a coach who will take you from walking to running regularly, over 3 sessions each week. Using the app you can even play your music, pick from range of coaches and track your progress over the weeks. For more information visit the NHS website (link below) or to download the app visit your app store.


Beginners Groups and Local Running Clubs

There a number of running groups across Oadby, Wigston and South Wigston offering sessions designed for complete beginners, which are led by qualified and insured Run Leaders.

It doesn't matter if you want loose weight, explore your local area, complete your first Park Run or just meet new people, our running groups offer something for everyone.

Roadhoggs Leicester AC are now fully back open (adhering to social distancing where possible). The club is open to any runner above the age of 16 and they have guide runners for any visually impaired runners wanting to join.

For more information visit their website;

Wigston Phoenix Running club are a friendly, sociable club who cater for all standards of runners in Wigston, Oadby and South West Leicestershire.

For more information visit their website;


Leading A Group

Are you interested in leading or supporting one of our groups? Please get in touch with us to discuss how to get started and the support available. You will need to hold the England Athletics Leadership in Running Fitness qualification. This course is currently being held virtually. For more information please visit the England Athletics website.

Please note:

You are performing the exercises on and linked from our website at your own risk.

If you are unsure about your ability, it might be wise to start gradually and build up. Also consider discussing any concerns with your GP or other medical professionals.

Make sure to warm up and cool down to prevent injury, alongside staying hydrated.

Stop the exercises immediately if you feel faint or unwell, and if you still feel dizzy or unwell have a rest. Next time try something less strenuous, building up your activity gradually.

Finally, please continue to follow the government's guidance on how to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.