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Find your next challenge

Enter the first part of your postcode in the search box above to find a running, cycling or swimming event near you. The box, powered by Find A Race, sorts through thousands of events nationwide to help you find your next challenge. Article provided by NHS…

Knee exercises for runners

These knee strengthening exercises will help with your running, strengthen the muscles around the knee and prevent knee pain. The exercises strengthen all the muscles supporting the knee and stretch out the iliotibial band, known as the ITB, which runs down the outside of the thigh. They can be…

How to stretch after a run

Performing stretching exercises after a run will help you cool down gradually and improve your flexibility. These stretches are best done after exercising, when your muscles are warm and more elastic. Breathe deeply and regularly during the stretches. Aim to stretch to the point of feeling tightness or slight…

Mother and son bond over love for running

When Saturday comes for mother-of-two Julia Dallyn, it can only mean one thing: parkrun. Since graduating from Couch to 5K (C25K), parkrun's free weekly 5km timed runs have become a permanent fixture for the Bristolian. Apart from losing weight and helping her de-stress after a busy week as a…

5 A Day FAQs

Do you have a question about 5 A Day? We answer some of the most frequently asked questions. Does the fruit and veg have to be fresh? How much is one portion of fruit for adults? How much is one portion of vegetables for adults? Do potatoes…

Couch to 5K: week by week

A week-by-week description of the nine-week set of Couch to 5K podcasts. Each week involves three runs. Week one For your three runs in week one, you will begin with a brisk five-minute walk, then alternate one minute of running and one-and-a-half minutes of walking, for a total of 20 minutes.…

How to run correctly

Good running technique can help reduce your risk of injury and make your runs feel less tiring and more enjoyable. Mitchell Phillips, director of running experts StrideUK, shares his basic tips to help you run relaxed and efficiently. Keep your head straight Look straight ahead of…

Life after Couch to 5K

If you've taken on the challenge of the Couch to 5K (C25K) plan and completed it, well done! You must be feeling a great sense of achievement, not to mention being fitter and healthier. Now that C25K has got you into regular running, the challenge is to…

5 A Day recipes

Fruit and vegetables that are cooked into any kind of dish count towards your 5 A Day. This means that some of your favourite meals can help you get your five portions. To get started, why not try our healthy fajita recipe? Fajita fiesta with 5 A…

5 A Day portion sizes

One adult portion of fruit or vegetables is 80g. The guide below will give you an indication of typical portion sizes for adults. Children should also eat at least five portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables a day. The amount of food a…