2016 in running stats

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Whether you’re an avid user or not, we’re all familiar with Strava, the source of friendly competition and mainstay of many a runner’s internet history. They’ve now published their annual End of Year Insights for 2016, which give a remarkable insight into the world of training.

In 2016, a huge 9.6 activities were uploaded onto Strava every second of every day (that’s up from 5.3 in 2015), meaning that thousands more athletes are coming together and improving their own fitness whilst being part of the Strava community, in the UK and around the world (and are taking the ‘Strava or it didn’t happen’ mantra on board).

Global running

Around the world runners uploaded a staggering 86.7 million runs, logging 419,338 completed marathons and ran a huge total distance of 446.5 million miles (that’s the equivalent of over 900 return trips to the moon!). As they did last year, runners took advantage of the Indian summer September sun, marking Sunday 11th September as the most active day for running throughout the UK and across the globe.

UK running

In the UK, 16.9 million runs were uploaded to the app, a whopping 82 million were run and 60,264 completed marathons were logged - a huge percentage of those run globally. Well done, the lot of you.

Men and women averaged a similar distance per run this year, with men doing on average 5.15 miles per run and women 4.34 miles. Men recorded an average 8.16 min/mile and women a 9.46 min/mile.

Once again the capital took the top spot for the most active running community, with more than 2 million activities recorded (up by half a million from 2015!), while West Yorkshire followed second with 638,572 and Manchester third with 598,037.

Run commuting

Even more of you are skipping the sweaty commute for a sweaty run instead, with 32, 698 runs uploaded to Strava each week.

Gareth Mills, UK Country Manager for Strava, said: “The Strava End of Year Insights report shows the healthy growth of the Strava community and how the UK continues to lead the way in cycling and running in terms of participation levels. From the thousands of parkrunners uploading their Saturday morning runs to our first Global Bike to Work Day, every one of the 27.4 million rides and 16.9 million runs in the UK tells a story and the End of Year Insights shows the cumulative impact of the Strava community.”