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Running Your First Parkrun

Getting started in running is a lot easier than what some people say. Novices can easily be put off due to confidence, unsure of beginner distances or even the darker weather may play its part. Running is a testing sport. PB’s can tumble or every week a new injury can flag up, it can sway from one end of the spectrum to the other. However, there is an event out there, which many people will be familiar with, that can cater for runners, young, old, locals, visitors, new or experienced and every runners favourite way to kick start their Saturday morning – the Parkrun. (more…)

BLOG: The Wonders of Hill Training!

At every stage of training, hill reps will be on the agenda. They are the marmite of running, you either love them or hate them but we like to hope the majority of you reading this love them, because we do! Hill training is the perfect exercise to increase strength, speed, running economy and explosiveness, key elements for when running your race or fun run, in particular, the latter stages where fatigue starts to kick in. Sure, running high volumes of mileage can get you over the distance but neglecting hill reps, along with any speed session, could have a negative outcome when reaching for that important personal best or finish in one piece at least. (more…)

FIRST LOOK: Saucony Freedom ISO

After what seems like an age since Saucony announced the Freedom ISO shoe, finally, we can have our first look them. It’s safe to say that before you get to look at the specifics and intricacies, the beautiful colour scheme that the shoes arrive in makes them incredibly eye-catching. (more…)

6 Things Trail Runners Think While Running

Trail or fell running can be a fantastic break from the pounding of the roads and streets of the generic running ritual. The scenery, tranquillity and testing routes are great to not just help you relax and forget about your time but to also act as a subtle training session with the undulating sections working the legs, along with the lungs too. Veterans of trail running will be all too familiar on what to expect on the day, come rain or shine, they’ll run as hard or easy as they want, knowing how to handle descends and tricky corners with thick, uneven clarts (sticky mud). For those new or even still finding their way within the sport, there will new discoveries, harsh lessons learned and of course, that famous cliché of ‘character building’ sections to pick up from. Th [...]

The Virtual Run-ality!

Every now and then, running can get a little dry, especially if you’re not training for a race or event. Taking a break may be one way of re-jigging the mojo but then you may lose that build-up of fitness you’ve been banking over a certain length of time. Trying something different in training also helps from time-to-time but what if we suggested trying something called, Virtual Running? (more…)

FIRST LOOK: Brooks Launch 4 Running Shoes

As we bed into the New Year, it means one thing, new shoe models! At the turn of the year, Brooks brought out the fourth generation of the Launch Running Shoe, following the huge success of its predecessor during 2016. (more…)

New Year, New Goals – Go The Distance!

So, you’ve got new running kit and running shoes, you’re itching to try them out, to whip out for a quick test run to see how they fit and feel. Thing is, training and exercising in general, can be wonderful, but what about entering events or making plans to take the training to the next step – you’ve got the kit, this is your time to shine with it! You want to identify what distances you what to do as soon as possible, so training blocks can be created either by yourself or with your coach. (more…)

Running and Technology in 2017

In today’s world, technology and fitness is on the rise. Smartphones, GPS watches (now with built in HR optics), activity trackers, smart soles and apps are making a huge difference to training, racing and exercise in general, it’s incredible how much tech has evolved since the turn of the millennium when Garmin released their Forerunner 101 (many of you will know!) and when Strava, for example, first hit our smartphones in 2009. (more…)

Top Trail Shoe Picks

With trail running, it's one of those things where, no matter what the weather is like, you can flash along, walk and climb through copious terrain and hills – there’s, almost, no limit to it. When you're getting within the thick of it, like with any other sport or pastime, having the correct equipment is key to not just get the best out of what you are doing but also enjoy it. If you're a little unsure about it, we have written a beginners guide to getting started here. For trail running, that means, funnily enough, trail shoes. (more…)