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Appeal! 2008 London Marathon Finishers Medal

Posted: 24/03/2015 at 20:25

Combe Gibbet to Overton 16 mile

Posted: 09/03/2015 at 21:57


Anyone who wants to enter the Combe Gibbet Race get your skates on as for the first time ever it looks like we are going to be full.

We normally make places available right up to the day of the race but this year it's likely we will close for entries early.


Trail Running Lecture Series

Posted: 09/03/2015 at 21:52


That's a tough ask.

I'll be marshaling at about 13 miles at a road crossing. 

Enjoy it


Sports Insurance

Posted: 09/03/2015 at 21:50

I use Coverwise, had to disclose a few running injuries as I've had physio and didn't want to get caught by the "undisclosed" issue.

They were really friendly and said marathons were no problem and would be included as standard.

I have their annual Silver policy is well under £50 including winter sports and has what I think is good cover. Even cheaper via a cashback site.

Talkback: Race picks: five trail races this summer

Posted: 09/03/2015 at 21:42

Where's the North Downs Run, a 30k race, cracking event

Trail Running Lecture Series

Posted: 06/03/2015 at 21:20

"regular lecture series on trail running"

What the hell can that include?

While we are at it, here's a shameless plug for the Combe Gibbet Race a real point to point trail race.

We have a few places left on 29th March. More information here.

Why aren't there parkruns in France, Germany, Spain, Italy etc?

Posted: 13/01/2015 at 18:52

France: probably that bloody stupid medical certificate, and all the dog shit everywhere.

Currently in Paris for work and whilst out running the "squelch" is an all too horrible occurrence.

Parkrun in Paris would be literally a "shit run".

Son ran a fast 5k, wife thinks he may be record holder?

Posted: 10/01/2015 at 16:17

An 11 year old doing 5k is probably just about OK, but I'm sure it's not the only activity that the child is doing.

All I can say is since Parkrun started junior athletes that do Parkrun on a regular basis decrease in running performance relative to those that don't.

I appreciate this is anecdotal and I can only talk about children that I coach.

Son ran a fast 5k, wife thinks he may be record holder?

Posted: 10/01/2015 at 14:21

There's a reason why there are no recorded records at that age and distance as its not recommended that kids run that distance.

As a coach I've seen too many children run Parkruns quick and then burn out really quickly within a year or two.

It's too far a distance for a child of that age, Parkrun have all sorts of wishy washy caveats that try and get them out of the issue but they don't really work. Parkrun are bringing in 3k runs for juniors; this is still too far but it's a move in the right direction.

Quitting a club training run halfway through + worried about injury

Posted: 10/11/2014 at 21:10

At your age it isn't surprising that you are getting the odd "growing" pain but at 16 inflammation at the bottom of your knee cap could possibly be Osgood Schlatter Disease and if it was this you would be well to listen to doctors advise; though the pain disappears when you finish growing.

It's possible that the pain you suffered in your thigh is DOMS (Delayed onset muscle soreness) especially if it was a rep session two days following a PB race.

Take things easy this week, listen to your body and talk to the club coaches (are they EA affiliated?) They should be athlete focused and not pressuring you to race if you are injured.


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