On paper The Spine, the 268 mile foot race across the Pennine Way should be the most boring sporting event of the year. It's long and the course isn't exactly spectator friendly (freezing cold and spread out runners aren't a perfect match).
Instead it's arguably one of the most exciting Ultra Races going with 1000's of dedicated dot watchers and... Read More
Once the domain of mythical tribesmen and super athletes Ultra Marathons used to be something that most normal runners couldn't even fathom. Times however have changed and so has the perception of what a 'normal' runner can achieve. Which thankfully has lead to a huge rise in the amount of Ultra Marathons out there, ranging from 50ks to the nigh... Read More
How was your 2019? I’m willing to bet that some things went really well and other things that you wanted to happen just didn’t. Life happened instead. Surprises probably popped up that meant having to put things off; injuries may have put paid to plans or your feelings about earlier targets may have changed. Personally, my races all went to pl... Read More
We've all heard the old saying "Winter miles equals summer smiles", but is slogging away with tonnes of slow steady pace work really the key to being the best runner you can for the summer season? Or should you be doing the complete opposite and spending the snowy months focusing on developing speed and strength? We think the latter might just b... Read More
One of the major perks of trail running is that it allows us to get out and see the world in all of its glory. The coastlines, the lakes, the forests and the mountains that otherwise might pass us by, are all at our feet. However all this beauty doesn't come easy, especially when it comes to those pesky hills and mountains. Like anything else, ... Read More
We love oats. We use them in our flapjacks, we mix them in our smoothies at home and especially at this time of year we're making a tonne of porridge with them.
So then it should come as no surprise then that when the opportunity arose (after four years of being rebuked) to show off what I can do with a pan full of oats at the World Porridge C... Read More
There's no two ways about it, The London Marathon is a biggie. Thought of by many as one of the most enjoyable marathons in the world to run, that is if you can get a spot in the first place.
Which is a lot easier said than done, in 2019 a whopping 414,168 runners applied for the London Marathon and of that colossal number roughly 360, 000 were ... Read More
When it comes to marathons, they don't get much bigger and more exciting than the one and only London Marathon. While the Boston Marathon might have the heart of the running elite and Paris really is unrivalled when it comes to the views, The London Marathon has soul. It's the real runners marathon, a true festival of fitness.
And just think you... Read More
It seems that in the last week or so the temperature has started to drop and those long summer nights, where you can run for hours after work, seem to of passed us by for another year. On the surface, it's easy to look at this as a bad thing for your running, but off season offers up a whole new host of benefits and challenges to take on.
Here a... Read More
The thought of running at night can be a daunting for anyone, regardless of skill level. Understandably too, it's cold, dark and at this time of year it's also wet more often than not, but don't let that put you off. Not only is running in the dark pretty much a must if you want to train this winter (and have a day job) but with a little prep ni... Read More
We’ve all had this experience: you’re in a race, working hard, giving it your all, when someone floats past you looking totally comfortable and effortless. There are loads of potential factors for that person’s performance but I’d be willing to bet that one of them is strength and conditioning work.
It’s something that many runners neglect becau... Read More
Your brain is pretty sneaky. It will work really hard to convince you that the safest thing for you to do is stay at home, surrounded by warmth, food and comfort. Why do you want to go and run 50 miles in a heatwave or a blizzard when you can kick back and watch NetFlix with some chocolate?
It's a hardwired protection mechanism that keeps us sa... Read More