Strava Running Stats 2016

Which country runs the most and what city's the fastest? All the stats from a year of running

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Global Running

Globally, 9.6 activities were uploaded to Strava every second, on average (up from 5.3 activities per second in 2015).

Globally, runners uploaded 86.7 million runs to Strava; UK accounts for 16.9 million.

Running – Comparisons by Country

Country
Average pace male
Country
Average pace female
UK 5:14/K UK 6:07/K
Spain 5:24/K USA 6:10/K
France 5:25/K France 6:17/K
Holland 5:30/K Holland 6:29/K
USA 5:30/K Spain 6:29/K
Germany 5:36/K Germany 6:32/K

UK Running

The UK contributed 16.9 million runs and 132 million K to the global figures.  60,264 completed marathons were logged in the UK in 2016.

Men recorded an average pace of 5:14/K for their average run distance of 8.3K, while women recorded an average pace of 6:07 over their 7K average run distance.

Elevation gain for UK Strava runners reached the dizzying heights of 6.1 billion metres in total.

Average Pace Per Run – By Region

Rank Region Average pace running
1 LONDON 05:19
2 GLASGOW 05:21
3 MIDDLESBROUGH 05:21
4 YORK 05:24
5 ABERDEEN 05:25
6 RUTLAND 05:26
7 EDINBURGH 05:26
8 POOLE 05:26
9 TYNE AND WEAR 05:27
10 BELFAST 05:27

 Average Moving Pace Per Run – By Region

Rank Region Average moving time
1 HIGHLAND 1 hour 41 secs
2 EAST DUNBARTONSHIRE 58 mins 42 secs
3 SCOTTISH BOARDERS 57 mins 56 secs
4 CUMBRIA 57 mins 34 secs
5 EAST LOTHIAN 57 mins 33 secs
6 GWYNEDD 57 mins 18 secs
7 ARGYLL AND BUTE 57 mins 4 secs
8 MORAY 56 mins 26 secs
9 STIRLING 56 mins 08 secs
10 TORBAY 55 mins 58 secs

Average Elevation Per Run – By Region

Rank Region Average elevation
(in metres)
1 POWYS 162.03
2 GWYNEDD 152.15
3 ARGYLL AND BUTE 126.51
4 SCOTTISH BORDERS 125.75
5 CUMBRIA 124.91
6 STIRLING 122.44
7 HIGHLAND 121.08
8 CORNWALL 120.56
9 BLACKBURN WITH DARWEN 114.70
10 CONWY 114.32

Average Distance Per Run – By Region

Rank Region Average distance (in kilometres)
1 POWYS 9.26
2 HIGHLAND 9.23
3 EAST DUNBARTONSHIRE 9.15
4 STIRLING 9.05
5 ARGYLL AND BUTE 8.92
6 BRIGHTON AND HOVE 8.87
7 GWYNEDD 8.78
8 RUTLAND 8.76
9 EAST SUSSEX 8.50
10 CUMBRIA 8.46

London and West Yorkshire once again took the top spots for most active location, with the capital’s runners uploading more than 2 million activities to its northern rival’s 638,572. Manchester rounded off the podium with 598,037 activities.

Wales proved a similarly lumpy affair for runners as it did cyclists, charting 162m of elevation on average in Powys, which again secured the top spot for both elevation and longest average distance of 9.8K per run.

Longest average moving time was claimed by the Highland Council Area in Scotland with runs averaging one hour in duration.

Run Commuting

Thursday 9th June had the most people digging out their running shoes and commuting into work, encouraging 10,003 athletes to avoid the rush hour and work up a sweat instead.

Commuters heading in on foot spent only three minutes longer travelling than their cycling counterparts (38mins vs. 35mins) and uploaded 32,698 runs to Strava each week.


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