TV personality gets set for national running project

TV personality gets set for national running project

BBC North West Tonight and former sports presenter Roger Johnson was the guest of honour for the launch of a national running project in Manchester.

The award-winning presenter joined Lord Mayor Coun Harry Lyons and representatives of the Manchester City Council sports development team to launch the programme on the steps of the Town Hall to celebrate the new initiative along with some of the enthusiastic Run England members who have been helped into running by the project.

Run England is the official England Athletics recreational running project which aims to get more people out jogging – working in partnership with Manchester City Council the programme aims to support residents of the city to get more active with Run England and they are quickly joining running groups across the city – no doubt inspired by the forthcoming London 2012 Olympics.

Councillor Mike Amesbury Executive member for culture and leisure said, “Manchester is a city that loves all sport and we do everything we can to get people active. For anyone thinking of taking up jogging Run England provides that extra nudge and by offering support and advice there really is no reason why anyone, regardless of ability, shouldn’t lace up their trainers and start running.”

Run England launch in Manchester

Sport-lover Roger, dressed for the occasion in Run England T shirt, said: “It is great to be chosen to support a programme like this, anything which helps people achieve their exercise goals and keep fit is a good idea and worth supporting.  I’ve always tried to take part in sport: from five-a-side football to tennis. Running is just the quickest and easiest way to get out for some exercise and definitely best for losing weight – which is a constant battle the older I get!”

Run England offer local running groups led by skilled group leaders – qualified and insured by the governing body – and can help provide the advice, motivation and safety to help get people active. Those who sign up for the free membership with Run England can take advantage of a number of benefits and special offers on running shoes and kit. Sign up at

Craig Blain – Run England Area Coordinator for the North – said: “Manchester is a leading light for the national programme with over 900 of the 14,000 nationwide members and 15 Run England groups in the city.”

Roger agreed that it can be useful to have people to run with: “Running is normally a solitary thing for me but having company makes it more fun and makes it harder to back out, although I usually lose the power of speech after about a mile!”

Find out more at or contact Manchester's Local Activator Liam Browne on   07718 394821 

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