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Running always grows in popularity during a recession. Many thousands taken it up over the last three or four years its cheaper than gym membership.Think this is the latest detailed official survey but a little dated now - 2002 General Household Survey Sports and Leisure section - 5% of adults interviewed claimed to have run/jogged as a sports/lesiure activty in the 4 weeks prior to the survey, and 9% in the 12 months prior to the survey. Around 12% were members of clubs. The stats don't seem to pick up any clear trends in participation rates, maybe there were a few more running in the late 1980s, and a slight increase in the proportion of women running from the late 1990s to 2002.
I'm in Cardiff too and I never go for a run without seeing at least a dozen other runners
Whoop! *fellow Cardiff runner half five* I think because Cardiff is so flat is a factor as well, I've mananged to trick one of my friends to come with me with the promise of no hills...once haha
What's wrong with hills? Flat is boring!
We have loads.
They come out in droves when I'm injured to rub my nose in it
Moon68 - I do all my running up the Taff trail and through Bute Park - it's right on my doorstep.
Johnny...are you calling Cardiff boring? Surely not...
Cant beat the Edges of Derbyshire!!! One path outside my office goes up over 500 feet in less than one mile nice for hill sessions.
yer_maj. I like Cardiff - as cities go, it is good. I've even run in Bute park (as a student 30 years ago). When I stayed in Cardiff last year I did my running north of the city where it was nice and hilly. MCS - that sounds more like it!