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Fell runner Nicky Spinks set to take on Bob Graham record

By Rhalou Allerhand on in Events
Spinks aims to break one of the toughest records in running this weekend.

Record breaking fell runner and cancer survivor Nicky Spinks plans to set a new record this weekend. Not content with being the fastest woman over Britain's highest peaks, Spinks will attempt to lower her own Bob Graham time by 51 minutes – and beat a separate men's record in the process. The 47-year-old currently holds ... 

Stabilising Your "Foot Core"

By Alex Hutchinson on in Health
The small muscles in your feet play a big role.

We've all heard lots (perhaps too much) about the importance of core stability, provided by the network of muscles around the hips, pelvis and back. An interesting paper in this month's British Journal of Sports Medicine, from a group of researchers including Harvard's Irene Davis, makes the case that we should ... 

Race report: 261 Women's Marathon 2015

By Rhalou Allerhand on in Events
Our Online News Ed Rhalou runs the 261 Women's Marathon in Palma de Mallorca on International Women's Day.

When my colleague Annie asked me to run the 261 Women’s Marathon in Palma de Mallorca on International Women’s Day, I was delighted and anxious in equal measure. Running a marathon with three week’s notice is a risky game, even if you are in the middle of ultra training. But ... 

Things I Never Thought the MDS Would Make Me Do

By Kieran Alger on in Events

With just ten days to go until the start of the Marathon des Sables, the six month journey to the Sahara desert is almost over. It’s been nothing short of bonkers. When I signed up for the race I had no concept of the level of insanity I would sink to in preparation. It’s been ... 

Hoka Highland Fling training blog 11: The loneliness of long distance running

By Rhalou Allerhand on in Training
In the eleventh week of her training our Online News Ed Rhalou goes in search of inclines and company.

Week 11 and my training plan for the Hoka Highland Fling stipulated two 35-minute tempo runs in the morning and evening on Tuesday, an interval session on Wednesday, some strength and conditioning work on Thursday, a fast 5K followed by a 25-minute cool down on Friday and a long paced run ...  ... 

Mo Farah breaks Euro half marathon record in Lisbon

By Peter Gambaccini on in News
Farah triumphs at the Lisbon race by one second.

Olympic and World 5,000 and 10,000 meter champion Mo Farah set a new British and European record of 59:32 at the Lisbon Half Marathon on Sunday, edging Kenya’s Micah Kogo by one second. And then he got tangled up in the finish line banner and slammed to the ground hard. “Normally when you cross the line ... 

World Marathon Majors to increase out-of-competition drug testing

By Peter Gambaccini on in News
About 150 runners will be subject to regular out-of-competition tests.

Athletes hoping to contend for the World Marathon Majors annual $500,000 prize, or prize money in any of the six participating marathons, will be subject to increased out-of-competition testing for performance-enhancing drugs beginning this summer. The testing, a partnership of the Majors (collectively, the Tokyo, Boston,London, Berlin, Chicago, and New York City Marathons) and the International Association of ... 

Running and depression: how to cope

By Jenny Hadfield on in News
When dealing with something as powerful as mental illness, the best move is to reach out and ask for help.

One of the lessons I’ve learned is that when something taps you on the shoulder more than a few times, it deserves attention. This week’s column came about from a consistent tap I’ve felt in the past year related to depression and suicide. We all ebb and flow through highs and ... 

What's really in vitamin drinks?

By Alex Hutchinson on in Health
More than you need, study finds.

In writing about health and nutrition over the past decade or so, I've become increasingly convinced that most vitamin supplements are either useless or worse than useless. This is, of course, a vigorous ongoing debate, and I'm not pretending that it's settled. Epidemiological evidence aside, I think there's a strong ... 

Mile for Mile: A Film About Trail Running and Conservation in Patagonia

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106 miles through the newly opened Patagonia Park in Chile

Ultra runners Krissy Moehl, Jeff Browning and Luke Nelson run 106 miles through the newly opened Patagonia Park in Chile, to celebrate and highlight Conservacion Patagonica’s efforts to re-wild and protect this vast landscape. A short film by Rios Libres and Patagonia, Inc.Get Involved - Donate to Conservacion Patagonica ...  ... 

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