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How to handle pre-race jitters

By Dr Jeff Brown and Liz Neporent on in Training
If nerves get the better of you on the start line, shake yourself free with a hand from sports psychologist Dr Jeff Brown.

You selected an event, circled it on the calendar and trained your heart out. Then you get to the start line and you’re so nervous you think you might pass out. You know it’s just a local 10K, but emotionally it feels like an Olympic final. What’s going on? Your sympathetic nervous ... 

Run your first (or fastest) 5K

By Sam Murphy on in Training
A 5K is a perfect goal for new runners and it’s a great way to test yourself if you’ve done a few races already.

When you took your first running steps, crossing a finish line may have been the furthest thing from your mind; but now you’re running on a regular basis, you might be wondering whether you’re ready for your first race. ‘A 5K is the perfect target for budding runners to set their ... 

Does “overuse” really cause injuries?

By Alex Hutchinson on in Health
Researchers suggest the real problem is “training load errors.”

As runners, we’re lucky that we don’t have to worry too much about blowing out an ACL or breaking an arm. Most of our injuries are caused by overuse: gradual breakdowns or flare-ups that result from repeating the same motion over and over again. Or are they? A letter published in the British Journal ...  ... 

Fell runner Jasmin Paris breaks Bob Graham women's record

By Rhalou Allerhand on in News
32-year-old Scottish fell runner Paris has smashed one of the toughest records in running by almost three hours.

Last Saturday (23rd April), Scottish fell runner Jasmin Paris set a new women’s Bob Graham record, breaking the previous time by over two and a half hours. The 32-year-old vet from Edinburgh completed the 66-mile circuit over 42 of England's highest summits in an astounding 15 hours and 24 minutes, smashing ... 

Marathon athletes picked for Rio 2016

By on in News
UK Athletics has confirmed that Derek Hawkins will join his brother, Callum, and Tsegai Tewelde in Rio this summer.

The first members of the athletics squad representing Team GB in the marathon event at the Rio Olympics have been named. Derek Hawkins will be running the men's marathon in Rio, UK Athletics announced this week. Hawkins will be included alongside his younger brother Callum and Tsegai Tewelde, both of whom ... 

Buxton schoolteacher to run the length of Europe barefoot for charity

By Rhalou Allerhand on in News
Ultra running school teacher Aleks Kashefi is preparing to run the E1 Trail, a 4,750-mile self-supported route from Norway to Sicily, for the Stroke Association and Mountain Rescue.

Following his incredible barefoot run across the UK last summer, school teacher Aleks Kashefi has another challenge in his sights. The 37-year-old science teacher from Buxton has decided to take on the E1 Trail, a 4,750-mile self-supported run from Norway to Sicily. If he achieves his goal, Kashefi will become ... 

Astronaut Tim Peake sets Guinness World Record for fastest marathon in space

By Rhalou Allerhand on in Events
ESA astronaut Tim Peake has achieved a Guinness World Record title for the fastest marathon in space, while 30 more fancy dress records have been smashed at the London Marathon here on earth.

The fancy dress runners were out in full force at the London Marathon on Sunday and managed to set an incredible 30 Guinness World Records over the course of the day, including Fastest marathon dressed in a full body dinosaur outfit (3:08.34) and Fastest marathon in a four-person costume (5:25.02). But ... 

Sports drinks vs. energy gels

By Georgia Scarr on in Training
Research has pitted drinks against gels in long-distance athletics. Find out which fared best.

Getting those precious carbs on long-distance runs can be a Russian roulette of flavours, textures and tummy troubles. Luckily, researchers at Ulm University in Germany have taken the hit on comparing the impact of carbohydrate drinks and gels in athletes, and come up with some interesting results. The study saw experienced ... 

Chafing at the bits: Marathon week

By on in Events
Diary of an inefficient runner: after months of training, RW's John Carroll finally tackles London Marathon.

Week 15 With a week to go before the race, John Carroll is feeling fairly confident. The arrogance! Read last week's post Monday 18th-Saturday 23rd April Final week before the marathon and I’m torn between the discomfiting sense that I ought to be doing something and the poleaxing desire to just wait for ...  ... 

6 exercises to improve your running form

By Sage Rountree on in Training
Fit these moves in before and after a run to improve posture and prevent injury.

Good running form happens on the roads, of course. But there are simple exercises you can do before and after you run to improve body awareness, strength and flexibility that will carry over to a smooth and efficient running stride. Target your glutes, hips and arms with these pre- and ... 

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