UK Running

Top Tips for Your First Obstacle Course Race

Chris Hall | Posted 27.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Chris Hall

Obstacle course races (OCRs) like Tough Mudder are becoming more and more popular - they are great fun, great to do with friends and a great way to get fit! But they can be pretty grueling...

Why Having A Fitness Friend Is Important

Tamsin Kelly | Posted 27.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Imagine this scene. Your friend arrives at your front door in running gear, raring to go and you say "Aw, sorry, I don't really feel like it." It's ne...

Amelia Gapin Becomes First Trans Woman To Appear On Cover Of Women's Running Magazine

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 16.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Runner Amelia Gapin has appeared on the cover of Women's Running magazine - in what is a world first for the transgender community. Gapin, 33, is a co...

Five Things We Learned About Fitness in May

Chris Hall | Posted 14.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Chris Hall

Another month has been and gone, and with it, the usual stream of brand new fitness research has appeared. But what does this new research say, and how can you use to to benefit your training?

Why Athletics Needs to Move Away From the Runner's Body Uniform

Sophia Parvizi-Wayne | Posted 02.06.2016 | UK Sport
Sophia Parvizi-Wayne

Tomorrow is the first, official National Eating Disorder Awareness Day and in response to this worldwide recognition of need for awareness, I thought ...

Training Starts Tomorrow

Olivia Cox | Posted 31.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Olivia Cox

In last week's post, I alluded to the fact that I had signed up to do a 10k run. In fact, I more than alluded to it - I outright stated it. And I'm ashamed to say that it wasn't strictly true. In fact, what I had done is challenge the editor of a well-known running magazine to a race. I mean, you can probably see the flawed logic already.

Four Ways to Find the Hidden Gems of Your Next Travel Destination

Annina Claesson | Posted 20.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Annina Claesson

Every destination in the world is a living, breathing place that has so much more to offer than the tourist trails, so make the most of your trip by seeking out alternative ways to be guided through it!

Stopping Running Turned My Hair Purple

Olivia Cox | Posted 20.05.2016 | UK Style
Olivia Cox

I posted the results on Instagram, snapchatted a few selfies, and informed my whatsapp groups. I was hoping for validation. What I got was a stream of Barney The Diansaw pictures and cry-laughing smilies. One colour-challenged friend even sent over a picture of Papa Smurf. That's blue, stupid.

Why Can't We Just Do It?

Olivia Cox | Posted 15.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Olivia Cox

A couple of weeks ago, I dropped out of a *big* running event. It's plagued me ever since. So just incase you're like me and manage to psyche yourself out of things for absolutely-not-legitimate reasons, here's my tips for getting out the door...

Some Days, I Run in Pink

Amy Dear | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Amy Dear

Don't get me wrong. I would absolutely love more choice of colours for women's fitness gear. But that doesn't make women who like Pink wrong, or foolish. Choice means that sometimes, Pink is OK.

In Defence of wellness, Not Wellness

Chloe Tomlinson | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Chloe Tomlinson

The main difference to my mind between wellness and Wellness is that the former is actually accessible to everyone. Before I clarified this distinction in my mind, I wrote a blog post dripping with sarcasm and rage, in which I vented.

The 11 Things I'm Really Glad Nobody Told Me Before Running a Marathon

Jackie Scully | Posted 03.05.2016 | UK Sport
Jackie Scully

I should probably start with a note of caution. If you're a first-time marathon runner who has yet to make it to the start line, please stop now and come back when you have a finishers' medal around your neck. Because, what I am about to say, you really don't need to know. Really!

Why I Wear Makeup When I'm Running

Janet Murray | Posted 25.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Janet Murray

Barely a week goes by without someone commenting on the fact I wear makeup when I run. I've done the London Marathon twice and, both times, people have seemed more impressed by the fact I'm wearing lipstick in my finishers' photo than the fact I've just run 26.2 miles.

It's Okay If You Aren't a 'Proper Runner'

Amy Dear | Posted 25.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Amy Dear

The appeal of a Running Club is clear. Safety in numbers can be literal (attacks on lone runners are a sad reality) but it can also be a kind of solidarity. You're not the only one wondering how much of your underwear is visible through Lycra - there's two dozen just like you coming down the path.

Breast Cancer Survivor Will Run London Marathon On Her 82nd Birthday

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 22.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle

More than 35,000 runners are expected to take part in the London Marathon on Sunday, including our new fitness hero, Diana Green. Diana will be runnin...

What Marathon Running Taught Me About Fear

Julie Creffield | Posted 22.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Julie Creffield

The funny thing is, the fear is almost identical to the fear you feel when you actually sign up for you first big race. That sinking feeling that you have just made the biggest mistake of your life and that everyone is going to laugh at even the thought that you think you can do this.

Arctic Air Could Bring Snow To This Year's London Marathon

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 20.04.2016 | UK

Runners at the London Marathon could face sleet and even snow, thanks to a cold snap brought on by advancing Arctic air. As if the gruelling 26.2 mile...

Injury-Free Running: The Golden Secret You Need to Know

Bill Coles | Posted 18.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Bill Coles

For myself, I'd been running for well over a decade before I first came across the Golden Secret five years ago. I was training for the Marathon des Sables, in the Sahara, and one of the absolute keys to finishing this extraordinary race is to stay injury-free.

The Free Run At The Centre Of A Huge Row Has Now Been Cancelled

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 14.04.2016 | UK

The parkrun at the centre of a row over charges to use a park has been cancelled. Organisers of the weekly fun run have said they will appeal against ...

Giles Coren Says ‘Lycra-Covered Elephants’ Are Right To Be Charged For Park Run

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 13.04.2016 | UK

Giles Coren has told runners upset at being charged to exercise in a park in Bristol to "get a grip" after widespread outrage at a local council. The ...

Parkrunners! Unite and Take Over

Sam Larcombe | Posted 13.04.2016 | UK
Sam Larcombe

I am slightly stunned that this council has voted this plan through but I feel this is a small example of the country's problems at large. Just as this council seek to sacrifice a genuine force for good at the alter of finance, the Prime Minister sought to cut disabilities benefits with one hand and take tax free gifts with the other...

Here's A Foolproof Way To Stop Blisters Every Time

The Huffington Post | Nitya Rajan | Posted 12.04.2016 | UK Tech

If your feet are prone to blisters, science has now found a cheap but effective answer. The key lies with applying surgical paper tape to areas prone ...

Fame, Fundraising and 400 Marathons: How the UK's Marathon Man Has Gone Unnoticed

Alex Gatenby | Posted 11.04.2016 | UK Sport
Alex Gatenby

At the end of the day, whether someone's a celebrity fundraiser or a "normal" person, the underlying moral of selflessness is still the same - they're just trying to raise money for a good cause.

18 Signs You Know You've Spent Too Much Time Training for a Marathon

Jackie Scully | Posted 07.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jackie Scully

At some point over the last four months, I did something the Jackie of two years ago would never have thought possible. I fell in love with a little thing called running (oh, and compression tights and moulded insoles and basically any form of tight-fitting clothing).

The Double Edged Sword of Weight Loss

Laura Maisey | Posted 07.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Maisey

Losing weight as a consequence of becoming a runner is no great surprise. It's the stuff of women's magazines everywhere. That doesn't mean, however, that when it happens to you, you are familiar with the effects this will have.