Coronavirus has put a temporary hold to many physical activities in Bournemouth, but runners are still finding a way to keep fit and exercise regularly.
Bournemouth, home to marathons such as Run Bournemouth, Bournemouth half marathon and Bournemouth Bay Run, has seen a decreased number of runners in the area after coronavirus meant running events were cancelled.
With 15,000 runners taking part in the Bournemouth Marathon festival alongside 50,000 spectators in 2019, the events saw runners flooding in from all over the UK.
However, with events being cancelled it hasn’t stopped runners from coming to the beach to partake in their daily exercise.
One local runner in Bournemouth is Jack Richards.
Mr Richards, 19, had participated in the 2019 “Great South Run” which was a 10-mile race in which he completed the race in 1 hour 25 minutes.
In Bournemouth, he runs twice a week, aiming to run for around 30-40 minutes.
Mr Richards has given advice to new runners, he thinks of the mental and physical benefits of exercising and keeping fit.
He states: “I think of the achievement and buzz that I will feel after the run which then motivates me to go onto the next”.
Mr Richards also adds: “My advice to anyone starting to run is to set goals.
“Whether that is how many times you run a week, weight loss or distance ran, just set goals and achieve them”.
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