Definition of take up the running in English:

take up the running


  • Take over as pacesetter in a race.

    • ‘Meanwhile, White was starting to lose ground as Tootell and Purdie took up the running at the front of the race.’
    • ‘The seven-year-old was always in the lead group and took up the running at Aintree when Ardent Scout unseated his rider at the ninth of the 22 fences.’
    • ‘Distinction, the 11-4 favourite, takes up the running with about half a mile to go and soon has the field strung out.’
    • ‘After an even break, Pinkerton takes up the running.’
    • ‘As the 14-strong field came into the home straight, North Light took up the running with Snow Ridge also making a move.’