Running by the numbers

What stats from the OS Maps app told us about how we ran in 2021

OS Maps

by Trail Running |

We’re planning our runs

The total distance in metres that OS Maps users ran in summer of 2021 was 40% greater than in 2020.

More of us are running

The number of runs recorded in the summer of 2021 was just under 85,000 – an increase of 21% compared to 2020.

We’re running longer

The average length of a planned run in Britain is now 10.7 miles – an 15% increase from that of the previous year.

Trails are best!

There was a huge surge in the number of routes recorded across 15 out of 16 British National Parks. The biggest increases were found in Pembrokeshire (90%), Loch Lomond and the Trossachs (86%), Brecon Beacons (81%) and Snowdonia (80%).

There are more first-timers

The elevation (climb) of runs this summer has reduced by 42%, suggesting more newcomers are taking to the outdoors and exploring flatter routes rather than hilltops or mountain paths.

Coasting it

The British coast is as popular as ever, with many routes recorded around the south coast. Padstow, Cornwall, and Swanage, Dorset, were the most popular.

Off the beaten track

Some of the least visited areas of the country include areas of the east coast and rural Scotland.

The best places to run

The periphery of London was a popular destination, with the Chilterns being a particular favourite.

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