These are 11 of the best places for runners to live in the UK - and why

Running has become more popular around the UK, after the pandemic forced people to seek outside exercise activities whilst under strict lockdown measures

Friday, 15th January 2021, 9:46 am
Running has become more popular around the UK (Photo: Shutterstock)

However, a person’s experience when they hit the streets of their local neighborhood may vary from location to location.

Retail chain Runners Need has dug into data to find what it says are the best and worst UK cities for runners. The results were found by analysing local crime rates, air pollution, traffic data, and aht amount of public parks in each city.

This Berkshire town came out as the best overall UK town to run in. This was based on a combination of factors including crime rates and air pollution per city, traffic rates, and the number of public parks and gardens.

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Slough is in the top three of the best overall UK cities for running and outdoor exercise.
Reading claimed the final spot in the top three best overall cities in the UK for running and outdoor exercise.
The Scottish city placed in the top three greenest cities in the UK. This was based on the number of public parks and gardens, with Glasgow boasting an impressive 772.
The north English city placed in the top three greenest cities in the UK. This was based on the number of public parks and gardens - a total of 498 in Newcastle.
The Merseyside city is the final place in the top three greenest in the UK. This was based on the number of public parks and gardens. Liverpool has 489.
Located at the foot of the Ochil Hills, Stirling placed in the top three cleanest cities in the UK, This was based on local and regional data estimates of carbon dioxide emissions.
The North Yorkshire town came up as the safest town for running and outdoor exercise in the UK. The town had 427 reported crimes, obtained from government data on local crime rates.
The Yorkshire town claimed the second spot in the safest UK towns for running and outdoor exercise. The town had 798 reported crimes.