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Downhill training: All you need to know

By Cindy Kuzma on in Training
It's not all about uphills. Train on descents to build strength, increase speed and boost co-ordination – and don’t forget to have some fun.

When most runners tackle hills, they focus on the difficulty of the climb. But downhill running poses its own set of challenges – and rewards. Descending feels easy aerobically, but each step triggers muscle-damaging eccentric contractions in the quadriceps and lower legs, says Greg Wells, an exercise physiologist at the ... 

Bloccs cast protectors make swimming an option for athletes with broken bones

By on in Gear
Made from flexible rubber, the Bloccs protectors even helped an injured competitor win his triathlon.

If there’s one thing that’s guaranteed to knock an athlete out of training, it’s a broken bone. With 89% of sports injuries seen by England’s A&Es last year being stress fractures, it’s a common problem, but a new product from Bloccs can offer a solution. The Bloccs waterproof slip-on protectors fit ...  ... 

Gluten and endurance

By Alex Hutchinson on in Training
A double-blind study tests the endurance of cyclists with and without gluten in their diets.

There's been plenty of discussion and debate (to put it mildly) about gluten lately. What we need now is data, so it's good to see a forthcoming study from researchers at the University of Tasmania (working with Trent Stellingwerff of the Canadian Sports Institute – Pacific) in Medicine & Science in ...  ... 

Spotify reinvents itself for runners

By Rhalou Allerhand on in News
The streaming app will match music to your running pace.

In a recent blog, Spotify announced a new feature aimed exclusively at runners. Using smartphone hardware similar to the accelerometer and GPS capability, the streaming music service and app for smartphones can now determine your running pace and create customised soundtracks to match your tempo. Based on your listening history and musical preferences, they will then find ... 

Buxton schoolteacher to run the length of Britain barefoot for charity

By Rhalou Allerhand on in News
Aleks Kashefi is preparing to run from John O’Groats to Land’s End this July for the Stroke Association.

As if running the entire length of Britain isn't challenging enough, Aleks Kashefi plans to take his fundraising one step further and run 1,206 miles completely barefoot. A science teacher at Buxton Community School, Aleks will ditch his trainers when he runs from John O’Groats to Land’s End starting on Sunday 26 July to raise funds for the ... 

Roger Bannister's running spikes up for auction at Christie's

By Rhalou Allerhand on in News
The iconic running shoes are expected to sell for more than £30,000.

The running spikes worn by Roger Bannister when he became the first man to run a sub four-minute mile are being put up for auction. The iconic leather shoes are expected to fetch between £30,000 and £50,000 when they go on sale at Christie's Auction House this September. Bannister, now aged 86, ... 

Run Hope in Heels this Saturday

By Rhalou Allerhand on in Events
London's most decadent fun run comes to Battersea Park.

You've mastered your speediest 5K, hit the 10K sweet spot and ran an enviable marathon time, so what's next on the running agenda? The only way is up, six inches to be precise, at the Hope in Heels fancy dress fun run this Saturday 30th May. Once you've run a ... 

Teenage sprinter sets women's British 100m record

By on in News
19-year-old Dina Asher-Smith has become the fastest British woman in history.

Dina Asher-Smith has become the fastest British woman of all time after setting a new British 100m record of 11.02 seconds at the World Challenge Meeting in the Netherlands. The 19-year-old history undergraduate from King’s College London finished second behind Dafne Schippers, who won in a Dutch record time of 10.94. But Asher-Smith still had ... 

Pavey defies illness to win London 10K

By Rhalou Allerhand on in News
Jo Pavey overcomes illness to become British 10K road winner.

European 10,000m champ Jo Pavey won the Bupa London 10,000 on Monday, despite a night of illness. 41-year-old Pavey, who was sick overnight and only decided to run at the last minute, won the race in 32 minutes 56 seconds. She finished 23 seconds ahead of 20-year-old junior English cross-country champion Rebecca ... 

Study shows exercise directly affects cancer tumours

By Amby Burfoot on in Health
Increased blood flow via exercise appears to reduce cancer growth and spread.

Cancer patients are often advised to exercise, and it’s easy to understand why. A cancer diagnosis is life-shattering, so patients often fall into a deep depression, which makes recovery all the more difficult. Far better to challenge oneself with exercise goals, be they hitting a set minutes-per-week target or finishing a ... 

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