About 3-2-1 Routes
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Run England aims to make it easier for anyone to get running - whether it is the support of a trained group leader, the encouragement of a running group or a marked local route - there is a reason for everyone to run!
What is 3-2-1?
3-2-1 is Run England’s project which aims to provide a range of marked out running or jogging routes across the country that anyone can have a go at. It's a way of providing a meaningful challenge to help more people to get running when it best suits them.
Local providers - working in partnership with athletics clubs and Run England groups - can mark routes that are 3, 2 and 1 miles, kilometres or laps – suitable target distances for anyone who wishes to have a go! Due to popular demand, there are now 4km and 5km markers on sale too!
Important: Run England 3-2-1 routes are permanently marked running routes created by a range of local providers. You can search for local routes via the Run England website and the information on each route is provided by the organisation who provided the route. Runners use the listed 3 2 1 routes at their own risk.
Subtitled video on safety tips:
We have produced some guidance notes to help you identify, mark and register routes which are accessible. The purpose of this specific guidance is to increase the number of disabled people taking part in recreational running but the information is of equal relevance to others including beginners, older runners, mums with pushchairs, etc. Click here to download the PDF file. 3-2-1 routes that are suitable for wheelchair users can be marked by Push England markers, which are to be used in conjunction with other markers to mark wheelchair accessible 3-2-1 routes.
Tips for using our routes
- Find a group to run with - running with one of our groups makes running more fun, you make new friends and a qualified leader's advice can help you get the most from your running
- Look out for any hazards or obstacles - whether it is a tree root or a parked car the sooner you spot them the easier it is to avoid them. Your run will be less affected by them and you will be safer. Take all the personal safety precautions you normally would apply when on foot
- Be aware of traffic - don't take risks. On some routes you may have a choice of points at which to cross a road so doing it when the road is quietest and you have the best view of traffic is safer and less disruptive to your run
- Don't drown out sounds - headphones are popular but make sure you are aware of the sounds in your surroundings that can give you early warning of hazards
- Make sure you are visible - motorists will see you sooner and more clearly, and pedestrians are more likely to spot you and give you a clear run
Finding your nearest 3-2-1 Route
The Route Finder map is now live!
To get involved and find your local 3-2-1 route, head to our Route Finder map, select 'find a route' and search! All routes are official 3-2-1 marked running or jogging routes provided by a range of local providers.
We hope you enjoy either marking out new routes or having a go at the routes yourself. Set yourself a new challenge today and get involved with 3-2-1!
Creating a 3-2-1 Route
The layout and usage of the marked 3-2-1 running routes is the responsibility the local providers e.g. local authority, university or college – working in partnership with athletics clubs and Run England groups – that purchases the route markers.
The usual health and safety checks should be followed in laying out open, even-surfaced, easy-to-follow, safe, accurate and well-lit routes at all times - with the permission of whoever owns the land.
Getting your route set up
- Decide which markers you need and order them using the order form on the 3-2-1 Route Markers page. Run England will then send you your markers in the post.
- Use our 3-2-1 Route Planner sheets to help you plan your route. Click here to download the Route Planner.
- When your markers arrive, mark out your 3-2-1 routes carefully. You will also receive an email from Run England with instructions on how to publicise your route on our 3-2-1 Route Finder map as soon as possible after it is marked out!