10 social media accounts that will inspire you to expand your running horizons

1/ UK Run Chat

Instagram: ukrunchat

Twitter: ukrunchat

What started as a hashtag has become a movement; UKRunChat is a voice for running. The twice-weekly Twitter chats (known 
in the community as 
‘the fastest hours of the week’) connect runners from across the UK, allowing them to offer advice, encouragement and much more,
 while the Instagram contains pithy quotes and support to its followers. Far from the highly curated social media presence of many fitness-industry influencers, the UK
RunChat community 
is built on inclusivity, with runners from all backgrounds and with all levels of experience. The UKRunChat team also work closely with professionals, including coach Martin Yelling, GP Dr Juliet McGrattan and physiotherapist Chris Skitt, who provide expert advice via their social media channels.

But it’s not all tweets and inspirational memes – the UKRunChat presence expands far beyond the bounds of social media. Now an official affiliated club with England Athletics, members regularly meet in the physical world for races and training runs, most notably as a crew of fancy dress unicorns 
at the Surrey Bacchus Half Marathon each September.

The UKRunChat team took over the Shrewsbury Half Marathon in 2016,
 and in April this year launched the Oswestry Half Marathon, which sold out. Reviews were great: runners declared it ‘a joy’ and ‘a fantastic event with a unique medal and a brilliant atmosphere’.

UK Run Chat’s
 growth from a simple conversation point on social media to a full-blown powerhouse 
of a community has been remarkable,
 and we have no doubt that the future is looking even brighter. 


2/ Coach Bennett

I: coachbennett

T: bennettrun

Here’s how the Nike Run Club Global Head Coach sees his role: ‘My job is to tell you what you need to hear, not what you want to hear.’ Those unable to attend his sessions still benefit from his plain talk, enthusiastic and never-fluffy approach to all levels of amateur running on social media.


3/ Clifbar

I: clifbar

If you were trying to put together a bucket list of running locations you could do worse than just try ticking off all the places snapped on this absolute beaut of an Instagram account, which
 does a great job of repeatedly showing us why humans
 were meant to
move. The images are breathtaking; you’ll wish you were somewhere else.


4/ Eckhart Tolle

I: echkharttolle

T: echkharttolle

Eckhart, a German philosopher, is one of the world’s leading spiritual teachers, and while his work is not sport-specific, runners around 
the globe absorb 
his aphorisms on anything from staying calm under stress and rising to a challenge, to the power of perseverance.


5/ James Carnegie

 

I: jamescarnegiephotography

When someone is both a fine runner and a first-class photographer, the combination can be extraordinary. From stylised shots to unfiltered rawness and grand panoramic images, James captures runners in their element and the results are often stunning. You will feel like running.


6/ Geoffrey Meuli

I: geoffreymeuliphotography

Geoffrey is the man behind the lens for the Salomon Trail team, following them round the world as their athletes 
(the peerless Kilian Jornet being one) tackle the planet’s toughest terrain. His reportage-style shots capture plenty of authentically intimate and unguarded moments.


7/ Trails Badass

I: trailsbadass

People running through blizzards, tropical storms, deserts, up and down mountains, along cliff-edge paths, down canyons, in valleys...if it happens on a trail and someone’s taken an awesome shot of it, you can be sure it’ll end up here for you to think about next time you run past a kebab shop.


8/ Stretch Rayner

I: stretch_rayner

Ever wished you could turn the tables and critique a coach doing their training? Now you can. Videos of performance coach Andrew ‘Stretch’ Rayner doing calisthenics and functional movement sessions – sometimes imperfectly – are intended to inspire and illustrate that coaches must practise what they preach.


9/ Dr Hannah Wells

I: dr_hannah_wells

You can’t help but feel pumped up and motivated to get out the door when a post from Hannah pops up. A Kiwi multisport enthusiast, her feed is a cornucopia of running, kayaking, biking, swimming and big smiles – all achieved without an iota of smugness. You may still, however, feel some envy. This is perfectly fine.


10/ Patagonia Trail Running

I: Patagonia_trailrunning

More trail inspiration, but as well as the standard running porn landscape snaps,
the Patagonia team offers insight shots
of athletes being licked by llamas 
at aid stations, followed by huskies, in tears while being patched up mid-ultra, grabbing a quick kip in the woods – and much, much more.