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Get Fit by Joining a Regular Social Running Group

Newport’s dedicated running shop, Love Running, started a social running group a decade ago, initially aimed at less confident runners who wanted to take on a regular run with other like-minded people in a relaxed and friendly environment.

In July 2013, the 'Love Running Tuesday Nighters' was born – a fully licensed and registered Run England running group for adults and adolescents (over 12s) of all abilities.

The group meets at 5.50pm (sign-in for a prompt 6pm start) on Tuesday evenings at the St Mary’s Hospital Helipad car-park. Anyone is welcome to join; particularly beginners and novice runners (any beginners with health issues should check with their GPs first that jogging will be safe for them).

There is a choice of three distances every week; a 1.5 mile jog/walk for beginners, an intermediate group of around 3 miles and a 4-5 mile run for more advanced runners. The route changes every week, and route maps are emailed to all signed-up members in advance.


The emphasis is on the social and fun aspect of running together – rather than speed – and it is about building confidence and offering a stepping-stone to those wishing to improve or join a running club. It is completely free to take part, though you will be asked to complete a RunTogether (the new name for Run England) membership form and register online to ensure that you are covered by Love Running’s Run England Public Liability Insurance.

Tuesday Nighters’ routes tend to be pavement-based, although they do use some footpaths and cycle tracks in the summer months, so road-running shoes are best. Headphones are not permitted for safety reasons, and also because it’s a social running group with the emphasis on mutual support and encouragement. Chatting is definitely encouraged!

All runners are asked to wear high-viz and/or reflective bibs during the dark months for their own safety, and every runner is requested to sign in and out every week so nobody gets lost!

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