Recreational running received a boost this week from the announcement of Sport England's National Lottery investments over the coming four years. The public body announced that £22m will be awarded to England Athletics to develop the sport through to 2017, of this £8.2m has been ring-fenced for the growth of recreational running.
Much of the funding will be directed towards the expansion of urban running schemes, improvements in marked jogging trails in the country and the further development of informal running groups - such as those led by Run England.
Reacting to the news, Peter King, Chair of England Athletics emphasised the need to deliver on legacy after London 2012. He said: "There is no room for any complacency or sense of automatic entitlement. It is healthy for us as an organisation and as a sport to be mindful of that.
"We must always strive to make all our work effective and sustainable. We should build for the long term and be looking at how we can achieve the highest possible levels of self-sufficiency while offering value for money for every pound of public money we receive."