Three is the magic number…

Three is the magic number…

There is only one running shoe that I have ever owned every iteration of: Saucony’s Kinvara. I was given a very, very bright pair of the first release of the Kinvara to try out – they were my first foray into a more minimalist shoe. I then bought a pair of the Kinvara 2s, based [...]

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The three E’s: engaged, enabled, and energized

I recently read an interesting post on Fast Company about how to get the most out of employees. I was fascinated by what the article called the three states that employees need to be in, in order to deliver the best possible results for their employer: engaged, enabled and energized. It made me think about [...]

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Book review – Running with the Kenyans by Adharanand Finn

It is not all that often that I wait with real anticipation for a book to be published. Even less common for me to pre-order it online and count the weeks and days until it will arrive, mainly due to the fact that I always have a pile of books next to my bed that [...]

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Top ten reasons to go on a training camp

I am just back from my second ever training camp and this one was a belter. My coach, Nick Anderson from RunningWithUs, spends three weeks in the Algarve, Portugal and for 10 days the athletes he coaches or knows through running, are invited to come out and ‘enjoy’ the benefits that a running camp can [...]

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The Running and Endurance Sports Performance of the Year awards: RESULTS!

The Running and Endurance Sports Performance of the Year awards: RESULTS!

As regular readers will know, the Running and Endurance Sports Performance of the Year awards were born out of my own personal frustration with the BBCs Sports Personality of the Year awards shortlist. You can read why I was so annoyed and how the RESPYs nominations poured in here.           Little [...]

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The A-Z of the runner’s health

After the great fun I had with the A-Z of running brands – which you can see here – I decided that a good use of a Sunday run with Dionne Allen and her flatmate Lorna, would be to create another list. So we tried to come up with the A-Z of Runners Health. As [...]

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Do shoes make you more efficient?

As the bare-foot vs. shod running debate continues to rumble along, one of the arguments that I have come across was the idea that running barefoot is more efficient because as we add weight to the foot, the effort required to run increases and therefore efficiency decreases. The conclusion is often made, therefore, that if [...]

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New Balance and the new British Milers

New Balance and the new British Milers

Last week I was invited to a New Balance event, billed as a celebration of 30 years of domestic manufacturing and featuring the athletes that are due to appear in an upcoming television series called The British Milers featuring seven British 1500m runners hoping to qualify for the Olympic Games in London. The seven athletes [...]

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Gemma Steel, National Cross Country champion

On Saturday I went to watch the National cross country championships on Hampstead Heath. It was a bitter-sweet experience: great to see a race and watch such amazing athletes perform in perfect conditions, but I really wanted to race myself and it was frustrating to not be testing myself over the rolling course. Nevertheless, I [...]

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Gebrselassie falters in bid for Olympic qualification

Haile Gebrselassie ran the Tokyo marathon today in a bid to secure Olympic qualification. The race didn’t go to plan for him: despite passing half way in 62:51 with generally favorable conditions, the Emperor faded after 30km and was passed by three runners, including eventual winner Kenya’s Michael Kipyego, Arata Fujiwara of Japan and Stephen Kiprotich of [...]

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