Whether you’re new to running or have been taking part in the sport for some time, we have put together a number of running training plans to get you on course for your charity run. From our 5k training plan to a full guide to running a marathon such as the great north run training plan, whatever charity running challenge you’ve set yourself; we’ve got you covered.

For experienced runners, there may, inevitably, come a time when you feel like your running progress has plateaued, and you're not sure what to do to overcome it without a running programme or running training plan. It's in situations like these that a good running training plan can be the lifesaver you need to kick start your performance. As with many things in life, adding structure and milestones to the journey you need to take to achieve your goal is the best way to get there – and running is no different.

While everyone’s running goals are bound to vary based on their own unique situation, there are a few common goals that most runners will strive to achieve at some point in their running careers, and often these revolve around distance and time. So, if you're looking to take the next step with your running and achieve a new distance for the first time – or if you're looking to improve your time and performance for a distance you can already run – check out our tailor-made running guides and running training plans.

Training to run

Whether you're an experienced runner or just getting started, we have a whole host of online resources that could help you to improve performance and achieve your next goal including training plans and running programmes. From nutritional advice to running programmes and tips to get motivated (and stay that way!), our training running plans will help you achieve your goals. However, as always, if you are starting a new exercise regime and you have a pre-existing medical condition that could be aggravated by running please speak to a health professional before you begin.

5K Training Plan

10K Training Plan

Half Marathon Training Plan

Marathon Training Plan

Running is a great way to get fit, make new friends and an easy way to spend more time outside. Studies have shown that running can help prevent obesity, type 2 diabetes, some cancers, high blood pressure, strokes and it can, in some cases, help to improve mental health. If you are already a healthy weight and relatively fit, it can also help you to maintain your weight as well as keep your mind sharp.

Running is also a great social sport too, across the country there are running groups and clubs who actively welcome new members and if you are new to running, you can join your local Park Run or sign up for the Couch to 5k initiative.

Run for Charity

If you want to get fit, having a goal or a challenge to work up to can help to keep you motivated. Knowing you have to a marathon to run in a couple of months' time can help to get you out the door when you'd rather just sit on the couch and binge watch your current favourite series. Whether you're taking on your first 5K, running your first obstacle course race or taking on a marathon, sign up to a charity challenge today and help raise vital funds for Alder Hey Children's Hospital. Every penny that's raised for Alder Hey goes towards life-changing research and support for thousands of children and their families. To find out more about Alder Hey and how you can support our cause click here

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