‘The key is to make running fit your life’

Sheffield runner Laura Inglis.
Sheffield runner Laura Inglis.

A running enthusiast who dedicates each day to the pastime is enjoying a range of new routes in Sheffield – and encouraging others to join her.

Laura Inglis, aged 31, is a qualified running coach who will be leading sessions on the new Run Routes at various locations in the city.

The Crookes mum said: “Everything I do revolves around running in some form. Other than leading run groups I work one-to-one with runners of all abilities, teach strength and conditioning classes and help correct muscular imbalances in my role as a biomechanics coach.

“I love to run anywhere. This is all around being the mother of a preschool child, which obviously comes with its challenges.

“The key, though is to make running fit into your lifestyle.

“Obviously it’s nicer to run in beautiful park and woodland surroundings, but as long as I’ve got my trainers I don’t mind where I go.”

In total, 30 Run Routes have been created at 14 locations across the city, providing simple-to-follow trails. This is the second phase of the initiative, funded by England Athletics, that was officially launched last year as part of the Outdoor City project.

There are a number of routes at each site, which are colour-coded, graded as easy, medium, hard and challenging.

Sites in the first phase were Concord Park and Woolley Woods, Ecclesall Woods, Bradfield, Graves Park, Lowfield, Manor Fields Park, and Ponderosa and Crookes Valley. In the second, routes were added at Rivelin, High Hazels, Firth Park, Shire Brook Nature Reserve, Thorncliffe and Wharncliffe.