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what to wear before winter race?

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 10:02

There was an article with some good ideas in Runner's World US recently. Cutting the feet of some old long socks to make disposable arm warmers was one of the more inventive ones.

Cycling in the ice

Posted: 20/01/2015 at 14:28

I live in Norway so I'll chip in. Carbide-studded tyres are the only option I'd consider, apart from a trike. 20 years ago I was practising on ice and snow on a mountain bike with ordinary knobblies. Two days in a row I wiped out and fell on the same point of the left hip. The second time, it broke and I still have a plate and spike in that joint that took several years to get over fully. After a while I became a runner instead.

Plenty of people cycle with spiked tyres and learn to be circumspect and not in a hurry. Having said that there are appreciable risks (also of other vehicles sliding into you) which you should be realistic about. Another possibility I used when I insisted on cycling in winter was a recumbent trike.

Winter Clothes recommendation!

Posted: 20/01/2015 at 13:23

If you get way too hot yet you want to cut the wind, then a Goretex Windstopper product is the obvious answer. "Thin" is an advantage, not a drawback, because then you can choose the layering rather than have insulation dictated by one item of clothing.

Zero drop shoes for work

Posted: 19/01/2015 at 13:38

BTW I think it was the Vivobarefoot Ra that I mentioned polished up nicely. Lems are sometimes recommeded by US runners, if you don't mind a bit of netshopping.

Zero drop shoes for work

Posted: 19/01/2015 at 08:46

Yes, I agree with Surrey Runner: Vivobarefoot make some that are perfectly acceptable for work and go fine with a suit. I got a black pair recently that had a slightly matte finish; I just gave them a polish. Secondly, I sent of for a pair of Lems from the States. Thirdly, I use some Ecco, which if not zero are at least low drop.

I Phone 4s Armband and Torch

Posted: 16/01/2015 at 12:02

For a hand torch, try an LED Lenser, e.g., P5 or T5.

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

Posted: 14/01/2015 at 14:26

I know where you're coming from, Mikasa

Pekka and Jussi are on their Sunday long run. After about 90 minutes running into uncharted forest with nothing more than Suunto Trackback and 100% mobile coverage to guide them, Pekka remarks,

"Lovely day for a run, isn't it."

Jussi grunts. Or maybe just breathes.
"Are we here to run or to talk?"

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

Posted: 13/01/2015 at 13:04

Speaking for Norway (which I can't) we have a population density of 1/20th of the UK so life revolves round the relatively untouched outdoors rather than parks, except perhaps for a couple of cities. Since about 38% of the land area is forested, and there are a lot of lakes, we would tend to do the natural equivalent of a parkrun, such as orienteering, XC skiing, by typically doing it alone or rolling up to the local athletics/orienteering/skiing cabin in the woods on a weekday evening.

Having said that, I could see a place for parkrun in say Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger, Kristiansand and Trondheim, the only urban places with a population over an arbitrary figure of 150.000.

Granada Half Marathon

Posted: 09/01/2015 at 10:17

You could contact Paul Bateson at he would know all about that and also offer heat training holidays if that would interest you.

Zinio subscription

Posted: 07/01/2015 at 14:58

I had that problem in 2007 and it was fixed by human intervention following emails to the mag. At that time it was '' but the person or systems may have changed now, of course.

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