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First Running Watch

Posted: 11/04/2014 at 19:58

Agree Garmin forerunner 10 - simple to use, easy to read. Uploads to Garmin connect where you can review your runs, plan courses. You can get it for about £80 replacement straps available fairly cheaply.

Sudden Chest Pain...

Posted: 19/11/2013 at 20:03

I had this same problem last summer, pain in the chest and left arm within minutes of starting a run. On visiting my GP I was rushed to hospital, after tests the diagnosis was angina and mild COPD (85% lung function)

The consultant in the hospital was very supportive. In the main it was my diet and high cholesterol that were causing the problem. I rarely eat meat and did eat a lot of dairy products (I ate a lot of cheese). A course of tablets to lower the cholesterol and a change of diet has got rid of the problem. COPD cannot be cured but a new inhaler which includes a lose dose steroid really helps. I am now back running better than I have for a few years. The consultant (also a runner) did tell me it was probably the fact I had been running for over 30 years that helped me get through.

The advice would be to visit your GP asap.

The price of shoes these days

Posted: 19/11/2013 at 19:28

Guess we are lucky in the north east in that we can visit Start Fitness. Even on new models their prices are hard to beat. Also happy to support them as they sponsor races in the north east including the cross country league, there staff tend to be all runners who give good advice.

The online prices also tend to be the same as the shop prices. I recently bought Asics GT-2000 in grey and orange (last years colours) for £57.

North East Events

Posted: 14/11/2013 at 19:50

Also add the Sunderland half marathon and 10k, just been announced as 4/5/2014.


North East Events

Posted: 14/11/2013 at 19:47

You did not state where you live but have a look at at the Pier to Pier race organised by my club, Sunderland Strollers and South Shields Harriers. Takes place in May and has built up a good reputation amongst local runners.

Coming soon (22/12/13) is the Loftus Poultry run, mixture of tarmac and trails (i.e. mud!) details here


Posted: 23/10/2013 at 13:29

Don't get me wrong I love my Parkruns and you are to be applauded for your efforts but I would question whether South Tyneside could support another Parkrun. There are already 6 parkruns in the Tyne and Wear area and any run would have to provide something different to what is already in place. South Shields started earlier this year and the numbers average 80 per week but South Shields is slightly different in that it not really in a park and does use the same finish line as the GNR.

Goody bags in races

Posted: 30/09/2013 at 17:17

Blaydon race has a goody bag with your T shirt and the usual cereal bars but all from local firms. It also includes a bottle of beer from the local Wylam brewery specially labelled for the Blaydon run. Given the history of the race for some these bottles are collectors items


Finally I can say I've done a Half Marathon

Posted: 30/09/2013 at 17:05

Peter - do not know where you live, I assume it is the NE.

I can recommend the Loftus Poultry run in December, details here (not quite as flat as Redcar but "only" 8 miles)

What to wear for evening runs?

Posted: 30/09/2013 at 16:49

I will be out with my club tonight as usual, not even thinking about leggings / tights or running jacket yet.

If your running through the winter you should consider getting some Ron hill tracksters or some running tights. I prefer classic tracksters (about £13 at Start Fitness)  because they do not cling like tights. In you wear old joggers they will get heavy when wet.

Great North Run 2014

Posted: 30/09/2013 at 16:36

As far as the VLM is concerned you also have to remember that clubs associated to UK athletics get a number of places, my club usually get 3 places based upon the number of first claim members. With over 1000 clubs in England alone that is quite a few places.

Shielsy - rumours around Sunderland are that the MON will only be a half in 2014.

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