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Feather-weight comfort

I like Adidas – I like the brand, I like the German-ness of the company. I like their focus on performance above all else. And I really like the products, especially the adiZero range. One of my favourite bits of kit – and I have quite a bit of kit! – is a second hand [...]

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Having a clear out

In a recent piece that I wrote for Running Fitness magazine’s October issue, I interviewed Mike McLeod – the last British man, before Mo Farah, to win a medal of any colour in an Olympic 10,000m race. I hope that you will have an opportunity to read the piece and enjoy the things that Mike [...]

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2nd-string meat head in racist slur

I actually love writing about Mo Farah. This is a man with, as far as I can see, no flaws. He trains hard – arguably harder than everyone else in the world: that is why he is the double Olympic champion. He loves his family. His seems to enjoy the media attention. He is charming [...]

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Music maestro

Do you run with music? I think that this is something of a Marmite issue in the running world – some love it and some hate it. Typically, I love it sometimes and hate it other times! I usually find that I want to run with music when the conditions are not optimal: a gloomy [...]

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The thigh’s the limit

Before I get started, I apologise for the terribly cheesy title to this review: I love thinking up snappy and catchy titles for the articles I post on here and sometimes a groan-inducing one will pop into my head. Normally I try to replace it, but in this case, it stays… so sorry about that. [...]

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Run how you feel

Recently life outside of running has been getting the better of me – stress has been piling up and I have had to take the decision to give myself a break by ditching my training programme and running as and when I feel. I have been trying to stick to a run every day, but [...]

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The perfect review of ‘The Perfect Distance’

A two part review of Pat Butcher’s book The Perfect Distance In this review, Michael Shelton took the time to review the book that takes an in-depth look at the rivalry between Sebastian Coe and Steve Ovett and ultimately resulted in such spectacular races in the late 1970′s and early 1980′s. Having read the book [...]

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London Olympic Games Men’s marathon report

As the London Olympic Games of 2012 draw to a close, the men’s marathon promised to be a fitting end to a wonderful few weeks of sport. Perfectly appointed to provide a stunning backdrop to the action, London was going to make the most of this final act in the Olympic athletics calendar. And we [...]

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Women’s Olympic Marathon Report

If you want to understand the inner workings of an elite women’s marathon, it helps to have a report from an elite female marathoner. I am extremely lucky and very grateful that Catherine Wilding, who has toed the start line of a number of elite women’s races, was at the women’s Olympic marathon last weekend [...]

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Lessons from the Legends: John Treacy

Recently I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to meet a running legend – John Treacy, AKA The Mudlark. It was a huge honour to meet him and have the opportunity to ask him about a whole host of different things. Naturally the conversation turned to training and how he prepared when he was [...]

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