Women set to take running into No 1 slot
Running is set to become the most-participated sport in the UK this year, aided by a surge in women taking it up for the first time.
Whilst Olympic sports such as swimming and cycling have seen a decline in participation since the London 2012 Olympics, running has gone from strength to strength with more events and more runners than ever before.
Numbers have grown particularly amongst younger women, with more 25-35 year-olds taking up the sport or switching from less accessible forms of exercise in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
For female working professionals and young mothers, running offers the perfect route into exercise, at very little cost, and is an activity that can be squeezed into all but the most hectic daily schedule.
According to Sport England¹s Active People Survey, in the past decade the number of female runners has nearly doubled, rising from 1.3 million in 2006 to 2.2 million in 2016.
And the growth shows no sign of stopping. The popularity of mass participation running events such as the Simplyhealth Great Run Series continues to grow with more and more participants; particularly female runners. Last year¹s Great North Run recorded 48% of its participants as women, whilst the Great Scottish Run was the first to announce it had more female runners than men taking part.