It's the most inclusive of sports – all you need is a decent pair of running shoes – and it has practically gone viral in the popularity stakes in recent years. Travel Editor Tom Le Bas looks at what's on offer for those wishing to combine their hobby with a short activity break or longer holiday.
So many people go running these days that it's no surprise there has been a surge in holidays based around the sport. From a couple of days on the Pennine fells to some serious road racing or training in sunnier climes, there's a world of choice for every type of runner out there.
Take a few days off and combine taking part in a race, or a week at a training camp working on your fitness and technique, with some well-deserved R&R.
Heading off road into the hills is a great way to exercise and take in some beautiful scenery, and there's a growing amount of choice in this department. A typical off-road running holiday or activity break includes a series of guided runs - you pay for the local expertise to lead you to the very best running trails without fear of getting lost. There are three sub-categories: trail, fell and multi-terrain running.
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The Dordogne is renowned for its beautiful countryside, chateaux and gastronomic delights - and trail running is the best way to discover all the hidden gems.
The footpaths and mule tracks leading through these rocky mountains make for some spectacular trail running - all just a stone's throw from the resorts of Spain's Costa Blanca
A fabulous network of scenic running trails at a variety of altitudes makes Switzerland a paradise for trail runners
This rugged region in the heart of England is a fabulous place for runners, with a network of trails across varied terrain - and plenty of local events to take part in.
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