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London Marathon 2015

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 12:26

Clubs get allocated a certain amount of places too. Not many per club I don't think but it's another avenue if you're in a club.

Pacemakers for big races.

Posted: 21/02/2014 at 11:29

I use my Garmin 410 as a pacemaker but I guess it doesn't provide any shelter from the wind!  I'm not in danger of breaking any world records though either!

New Shoes

Posted: 21/10/2013 at 13:27

It's not the brand that matters.  Brooks and Asics and most manufacturers make shoes for varying degrees of pronation and then it just comes down to individual fit and which suits your own individual needs better.  For example I tried the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 12 which are supposed to be for overpronators but I couldn't get on with them at all.  Personally for me the Asics GT2170 and now the GT2000 seems to be the best shoe for my needs.  Not saying Asics is better than Brooks or anything like that... you just need to find what works for you. For me it's been a lot of trial and error!!

Headaches (especially after running)

Posted: 21/10/2013 at 13:10

I get them quite often on a Sunday evening when I've done a long run or a long-ish race on a Sunday morning.  A lot of info on the internet about it if you google "exertion headache".  Surprised to find out how many runners it seems to affect.

Sadly departed races

Posted: 19/09/2013 at 15:08

Sandwell Marathon back in the 80s starting and finishing in Sandwell Valley.

Tipton 10

Wombourne Half Marathon (recently brought back for 1 edition a couple of years back)



Running without orthotics

Posted: 28/03/2012 at 09:27
I've had a similar problem.  I've been wearing custom made orthotics for about 3 years now to correct overpronation and an 8mm leg length difference.  Recently my shins flared up again and I've noticed that running in my custom made orthotics actually make them feel worse.  My leg length difference also seems to have disappeared. I know it's difficult to judge for yourself but it was quite noticeable 3 years ago if I sat against a wall with my legs stretched out in front of me.  Currently running in a cheap-ish pair of off the shelf orthotics with neutral shoes.  I guess my gait must have changed quite a bit in the 3 years.  I think I might try a pair of support shoes next in my desperation to find a long term solution....

Reliable biomechanical assessment

Posted: 21/06/2011 at 19:11

They have definitely made a big difference for me but one of the first things that Peter Taylor at Atlas told me was that they're not a miracle cure, I had to do a lot of stretching and strengthening exercises.  I still have to do a lot of stretching. I'm now running approx 40-45 miles a week which I could have only dreamed about before.  My problem was/is overpronation and a slight leg length discrepancy. My main issue was a shin injury but I used to get a lot of aches and pains particularly from running or just standing up for a few hours.  I hardly get any now and if I do have problems now it's usually because my running shoes are wearing out or I've been neglecting my stretching or I've overtrained.

The orthotics did take a bit of getting used to though and the custom ones are expensive. Mine have got to the stage now where they need refurbing which is going to cost another £20-£30!

Reliable biomechanical assessment

Posted: 21/06/2011 at 18:25

Well yeah. They did a pretty good job for me I think but then it's the only one I've ever been to so I can't really compare them with anywhere else.  I saw a chap there called Peter Taylor who was a good runner himself I believe. I'm not an expert in this field or anything, just a runner with biomechanical issues.  I ended up with custom orthotics but they didn't try to push them on me, just explained pretty clearly my issues and my options. 

Good luck anyway, hope you get your back sorted

Reliable biomechanical assessment

Posted: 21/06/2011 at 15:40
There's a place called Atlas Pain Relief in the Mids who have a running injury clinic. They do biomechanical assessment, Gait analysis etc.  They also do custom orthotics or recommend suitable off the shelf orthotics.  There's one in Tamworth and I went to the one near Birmingham... think the area is classed as Hall Green.  I got custom orthotics from there 2 or 3 years back but I didn't find them particularly pushy or anything like that.

Birmingham 10K

Posted: 04/11/2010 at 08:41
The results are up now on http://www.southlondonfives.co.uk/
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