Author: RunPoll

Gender difference in running motives

Our Big Running Survey collected data on almost 3,000 runners’ behaviours, preferences and motivations. One of the most striking things that emerged from the analysis was the big difference between male and female runners’ motivations for participating in the sport. This is shown in figure 1, which depicts the percentage difference between the two genders’…
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Follow the money…

One of the great appeals of running is its accessibility. Most of us can run – at least for a minute or so – and most own a pair of shorts and a t-shirt. Really the only thing you might need to buy before you can get started is a pair of trainers, although barefoot…
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Are women less competitive than men?

Taken at face value, our Big Running Survey data suggests that women are indeed less competitive than men. Only 16% of the women surveyed reported a strong motivation to do well in races compared to 30% of men. And taking part in races – one potential measure of a competitive leaning – was more common…
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Running and social class

There’s a paradox at the heart of running… Running is the simplest of sports. For the able-bodied it would seem to require nothing more than a pair of sturdy shoes and some motivation. You don’t need any special training, expensive equipment or club memberships – you don’t even need a partner or team to take…
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