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Contrary to the Headlines, Athletics Is Clean and Rio Will Be Incredible

Ewan Somerville | Posted 25.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Ewan Somerville

With the Rio Olympics fast approaching, track and field athletics is once again embroiled in scandal, controversy, and disgust. Or in the media it is. On Friday night I was lucky enough to bear witness to the electricity meter at the London Olympic Stadium explode with the buzz of the Anniversary Games. It was just fantastic for the world to focus solely on the talent...

Getting Back On Track To Fitness After An Injury

Tamsin Kelly | Posted 21.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle

When you love exercise, there’s nothing more frustrating - and painful! - than being knocked back by an injury. It’s an experience keen runner Bar...

Training With Zátopek: Five Lessons From the Greatest Distance Runner of all Time

Sam Humphrey | Posted 18.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Sam Humphrey

Zátopek's commitment to self-torture encourages us to do anything but spare ourselves the ordeal of going out in the rain or wind. When you next approach a treadmill, think of Zátopek running through deep sand in heavy boots - and consider where it got him.

A Guy Told This Runner She Had 'Sagging Breasts', Her Response Is Everything

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 13.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle

A runner has responded to a man’s body-shaming comments in the best way - by quite literally sticking her middle finger up to him. Michelle Kirk, fr...

Of Course You Can Run During Pregnancy!

Alexandra McCabe | Posted 13.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Alexandra McCabe

Running is fantastic cardiovascular exercise that's easy and inexpensive. You might not want to start on a gruelling programme of marathon training du...

I Got It All Wrong...

Olivia Cox | Posted 11.07.2016 | UK Sport
Olivia Cox

Admittedly, I never want the sort of motivation that pushed me round the Marathon for Dave. But there needs to be something. A 10k doesn't *quite* take me out of my comfort zone far enough, which leaves the element of fear noticeably absent. Perhaps next time someone could chase me round with a bunch of spiders, or an elevator?

Five Things We Learned About Fitness in June

Chris Hall | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Chris Hall

Another month, another load of fitness research. We've sifted through it all again to cherry pick the very best bits of information you can apply to your training straight away. From caffeine use to the right balance of carbohydrates, we've got it covered!

How to Run in the Rain

Olivia Cox | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Olivia Cox

I gave the issue some thought once I'd got home. Rainy / muddy running was sort of my forte when I was in the army. I doubt we ever really went on a 'fair weather' jog, to be fair. And it was never really that bad. Or maybe I've just forgotten...

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 06.07.2016 | 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...