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flat feet, midfoot strike and picking the right shoes

Posted: 29/01/2013 at 13:29

Have you tried Brooks Cadence? They encourage a mid foot strike and have support for overpronators.

Shoes for mixed runs

Posted: 05/01/2013 at 09:56

Hello, I have Brooks ASR 8s which are good for muddy paths. They fit like the Adrenaline GTS but with a much studier sole and more weatherproof. I think ASR 9 has just come out so that means the 8s should be cheaper now...

Berlin Marathon 2013

Posted: 31/10/2012 at 20:03

I'm in! I booked my flights just now, flying with Lufthansa. Now looking at accommodation options, all seems quite pricey if you're not staying in a hostel! I am really excited about doing this, but at the moment I'm thinking how quickly all the costs add up! Oh well, once in a lifetime and all that!

English-Half (Warrington Half Marathon)

Posted: 02/09/2012 at 17:38

You're welcome! Hope you have a good race too!

English-Half (Warrington Half Marathon)

Posted: 28/08/2012 at 17:07


Yes, I'm doing this too. I got an email through on Friday with some info, if you've not got yours yet it might have gone to your junk folder? I've copied and pasted the information that you're after below:

We are changing the way we distribute chips this year with the entire collection being at Victoria Park in the main room under the stand. We will place in a secure envelope for your collection your Winning Time Chip, Cable ties to tie onto your shoe lace, bib number and safety pins.

You will not need to bring anything with you to collect your envelope as we will simply organize the collection in alphabetical surname order. Simply look for the initial of your surname and head for that table to pick up your envelope from the staff who are there to help you.

– you have a choice of day and time to collect:

1)    either under the main stand in Victoria Park on Saturday 8th September between 10.00am and 5.00pm or

2)    from the same location at Victoria Park on Race Day between 7.30am and 8.45am.


If you are local to Warrington we would suggest a trip down to the park to pick up your pack on Saturday. If you are from outside of Warrington there will be plenty of time to collect on the morning of the race.



Getting There

Please note that roads along the half marathon route from Knutsford Road, out to Appleton Thorn/Stretton and back will be closed from 8.00am – 8.30am. All roads used by the half marathon route will be completely closed to traffic.

Race Designated Car Parks

There will be general parking for competitors in Victoria Park Car Park on the day of the race.  , Please only try and park here if you do not have to rush away after you finish as egress from this car park will be delayed until about 12pm. Cars will be allowed to park here on a first come first served basis and our Stewards on the day will manage this accordingly.


There are parking spaces available on race day in the Environmental Agency Office car park, located on Wash Lane (WA4 1HT). Places will also be on a first come, first served basis.


Permission has been granted for Knutsford Road to be available for parking, again, only on the race day. This is a single line dual carriageway but you will not be ticketed on race day and is probably the best parking option.  Alternatively there are several car parks in the centre of Warrington, a short walk away from Victoria Park.


See the Warrington Borough Council website for more information.



Drop-off Points

If you are dropping off a runner for the race start please make use of an area close to Knutsford Road for this purpose. Knutsford Road will be closed to road traffic from 8.00am – 8.30am on race day morning making this unsuitable for dropping off runners so drop off early.

Nike alternative?

Posted: 23/08/2012 at 12:27

Hi, I haven't had the Lunarglides before but I switched from Nike Structure Triax +14 to Brooks GTS 12. I am a mild overpronator, found the Nikes really comfortable but heavy and inflexible - I've found that the Brooks offers good support but feel lighter and less clunky.

I'm a whale and I need to sort my life out!

Posted: 01/08/2012 at 21:46

Hello Hannah, well done on starting your training. Have you heard of parkrun? They are free, timed 5k runs throughout the country. People participating complete in a whole range of times, from 15 mins through to 50 or more. So it's a friendly, inclusive environment to take part in.

Ethnic diversity

Posted: 13/07/2012 at 21:48

Hi, thought I'd chip into this thread as it's something I've pondered a lot myself! I'm a relatively new runner; I started entering races about a year ago. I'm Chinese by origin, and female, and when I rock up to events I'm very aware that I'm among a sea of mostly white (male) runners.

Last week I ran a local race which had 120 participants, and by my reckoning there was me and one of my fellow club runners, who is black African, who were the only non-white runners there. And incidentally we were also minorities in terms of age as most people were 50+. I'm intrigued as to why running attracts a certain demographic and doesn't seem to draw in ethnic minorities. My local parkrun is in a highly diverse neighbourhood with black and South Asian (particularly Muslim) communities, especially around the park itself, but I only see a small handful participating in the run itself every week. Maybe at most around a dozen from a field of usually around 150. Not only that, ethnic origin aside, it's a very middle class field. I reckon most people who attend are people who have moved to the city to study or work, and I don't see many 'local' residents as such - white or of ethnic origin. I don't understand where the perceived cultural (or even social) barriers to running are, since it's such an accessible activitity, and there are lots of British ethnic minority role models  in running (although more in terms of sprinting/track and field, perhaps not so many in long distance events? Though I'm no expert so there could well be some high profile role models I don't know of!).

My personal theory is that Chinese (in Britain) don't really engage in competitive sports because it's not really encouraged from a young age - I think that parents encourage youngsters to focus on academics at school and being competitive and excelling at sports could serve to detract from studies and the chances of getting into uni/getting a good job etc. Sports are encouraged for recreation and health but not so much on the competitive level. Although that is obviously a big generalisation.

Also, I think, my view, that for some traditional families from ethnic backgrounds, daughters are less likely to be encouraged to run and engage in other competitive sports as it wouldn't be seen as a 'feminine' activity. 

They're just my thoughts! As you might be able to tell, it's something I've pondered a lot!

5K to Marathon in 6 months?

Posted: 24/04/2012 at 12:25
Well done, that's brilliant! Your persistence paid dividends!

Shoes too tight! Adizero Adios

Posted: 11/01/2012 at 09:35
Thanks for the suggestions everyone, we'll try them all!
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