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I’m a runner: Michael Palin

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The founding member of Monty Python’s Flying Circus on over three decades of running

From the June Issue of Runner's World 2011 In 1978, I had to look tanned and fit to play the ex-leper in Life of Brian, so I ran up and down the beaches in Tunisia where we were shooting the film. I got back to London and I thought, I must ... 

Strava updates mobile app with group functionality

By Ben Hobson on in Community
The update helps users connect with other athletes and their groups via the mobile app

If you're a member of any clubs on Strava, the latest mobile update will please you as it's added a new club experience that they claim will "give athletes a comprehensive home for group activities: one place to meet athletes, get inspired by each other’s training, share routes and events, ... 

Trailer - RUN FOREVER. Nicky Spinks & The Double Bob Graham

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Watch the trailer documenting Nicky Spinks' becoming the fastest person to run a Double Bob Graham Round

In 2016, the inspirational Nicky Spinks made fell running history by becoming the fastest person to run a Double Bob Graham Round. The 49-year-old cancer-survivor marked 10 years post-diagnosis by running the 132-mile Lake District route, which included around 54,000ft of ascent, in a time of 45 hours and 30 ... 

20 lessons from 20 years of running

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No matter where you are in your running life, you can always learn something. Here’s a little wisdom from RW’s Mary Remy, who’s known the ups, the downs, and the long, flat stretches.

In 1995, Eric Cantona was giving martial arts lessons, Blur and Oasis were doing battle in the charts and Bridget Jones’ first diary was published. The world marvelled over a new storage format called the ‘digital versatile disc.’ Bruce Willis died hard with a vengeance – in a film I ... 

7 inspirational British runners who aren’t in Rio

By Michelle Kight on in Community
Whether they didn’t make the cut or happen to excel at a non-Olympic discipline, these runners are nonetheless an incredible bunch.

1/ Nicky Spinks Nicky Spinks made headlines earlier this year when she became the first woman to complete the 132-mile Double Bob Graham Round in 45 hours 30 minutes. Spinks also holds the women’s record of 19 hours and 2 minutes for the 61-mile Welsh Paddy Buckley Round (2014). Cancer survivor ... 

Meet Team GB's furry friends

By Georgia Scarr on in Community
From dachsunds to cockapoos, our Olympians train and relax with a whole host of canine pals.

Katarina Johnson-Thompson, heptathlon Chorizo and Bronx the dachshunds Just me and these two tonight 👬 A photo posted by Katarina Johnson-Thompson (@johnsonthompson) on Sep 5, 2015 at 9:29am PDT In between sprinting, jumping and shot-putting, Johnson-Thompson recovers by spending time with dachshunds Chorizo and Bronx. While she was off competing in Rio, ... 

I ran a marathon dressed as a hot dog and set a world record

By Meghan Kita on in Community
You don’t need superhuman speed or endurance to claim your place in history… if you’re willing to race while dressed like this.

Lemon and lime Gatorade sloshes in my stomach. The dense clouds of the early morning have burned off, and the sun beats down on the field, three-plus hours into the 2015 Marine Corps Marathon. On a shade-free stretch of highway around me, men and women alike shed their shirts as ... 

Running for redemption? Inside a prison half marathon

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To the inmates of America’s Oregon State Penitentiary, where a pioneering programme allows them to run and race, the wall is much more than a metaphor. RW’s Michael Heald gets inside an extreme illustration of the redemptive power of running.

When the first inmates arrived at the Oregon State Penitentiary (OSP) back in 1866, it did not have a wall. Prisoners were instead fitted with an unforgiving iron ankle shackle, and anyone who tried to run in the ‘Oregon Boot’ wasn’t going anywhere fast. A 14-foot wall was later built. ... 

How to deal with an annoying running partner

By Susan Paul on in Community
Don’t let negative self-talk ruin your run.

My running partner complains before every run. We meet up in the mornings, and the excuses start as soon as he gets out of his car. They range from not sleeping well, to his back hurts, to a bad week at work, to the time of day and so on. This starts runs ... 

7 embarrassing running stories from Team RW

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We asked our office to share their ultimate running blushes.

1/ 'After a mucky trail run (I was part of relay team in a triathlon), I decided to shower in the leisure centre that doubled as race HQ. The open row of showers struck me as odd, but rather than be thought a prude I stripped down and lathered up. As ... 

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