News: 7th November 2017: Are we becoming a Nation of Runners? by Katie Wray. BBC News.

More than 2 million people in England now run regularly at least once a week, according to Sport England, and the growth in popularity does not appear to be slowing down.

BBC News spoke to British Olympian Christine Ohuruogu about her passion to get more young people running, along with others who explain how the sport has changed their lives.

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Are we becoming a nation of Runners?

Flying Fox 10: Sunday 5th November 2017

This event was first held in 2003. It’s a hilly ten–mile event usually always with a big puddle on the course. It’s part of the North Staffs Road Runners Association annual programme. It’s run on lovely, scenic but quiet lanes around the small village of Standon in rural Staffordshire. The race starts 600 metres uphill from Standon School and the race finishes at Standon School where there are biscuits, coffee and tea. This year’s winners were:

Mens:

1. Simon Myatt, Trentham R.C. 54.33

2. Carl Moulton, Boalloy Running Club 54.53

3. Scott Minshall, Trentham R.C. 57.40

Women’s:

1. Kristina Derries, Stone Masters Marathoners 1.03.35

2. Joanne Bentley, Stone Masters Marathoners 1.08.24

3. Lindsay Dixon, Newcastle Staffordshire A.C. 1.09.18

Results published on www.stonemm.co.uk

USA’s Shalane Flanagan, Kenya’s Geoffrey Kamworor, and Switzerland’s Marcel Hug and Manuela Schär Win 2017 TCS New York City Marathon. 5th November 2017.

Report by The New York Road Runners

The USA’s Shalane Flanagan ended a 40-year drought for American women in the open division at the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon on Sunday, November 5, while Kenya’s Geoffrey Kamworor took the men’s title and Marcel Hug and Manuela Schär completed a Swiss sweep in the wheelchair division.

Flanagan, an NYRR Team for Kids Ambassador who finished as the runner-up at the 2010 New York City Marathon, seized the crown from Kenya’s Mary Keitany with a time of 2:26:53.

The 36-year-old became the first U.S. female runner to win the world’s largest marathon since Miki Gorman in 1977. With her first victory in just her second appearance at the New York City Marathon, she became the sixth U.S. women’s champion in the event and recorded the second-fastest time by a U.S. woman after Kara Goucher.

“I’ve dreamed of a moment like this since I was a little girl,” Flanagan said through tears after the race. “So this means a lot to me, to my family and hopefully inspires the next generation of American women to just be patient. These are the moments that we dream of as athletes, and this is going to feel good for a really long time.”

The 16-time national champion and Olympic silver medalist was visibly emotional as she approached the finish line.

See More of this report. Click link New York City Marathon Race Report 2017

Centurion Grand Prix 5 mile Series. 5/11/2017

This is a fantastic series of six races, each covering 5 miles. They take place on the first Sunday of each month. The event doesn’t start until 11.00am, so it allows everyone time to have a “sleep in” and the ground and air to warm up since it takes place in the colder months. The Centurion Grand Prix is known for a fast course, lots of prizes, including all the raffle prizes (free to the runners) and a memento to all runners at the final race. Today, was a good day weather wise and the course was fast as always because it is flat and run on park path and trails. After we finished we walked back to have a lovely hot cup of tea and waited for the highlight of the day……how many of us are going to win something in the raffle. We watched the prize giving was first, 1st, 2nd, 3rd overall and 1st, 2nd, 3rd in the V40 Vets this week. The prizes are always money. In the raffle, the numbers kept being called out and people kept collecting wine, more wine, more wine, memento ‘s, nope no win for us today. Maybe next month.

Running and physical activity participation in female youths.

I write this from a parent’s perspective, outlining my daughter’s experience of  her physical activity and running as she grew in England. It was very different from my own experience as I was growing up in N.Z., where sport seemed to surround me at home and at school. I don’t know if this due to a cultural difference or it was just what it was like in the 1970’s & 1980’s. My feeling are that things have changed as, at the moment N.Z., like England have high levels of childhood obesity which has been partially attributed to a lack of physical activity.

My daughters Sports day at Primary School was the only opportunity I had of seeing my daughter in a school setting. I expected to see, egg and spoon races, sack races, three legged races, dressing up races, relay’s, and maybe mother and daughter running races. Instead I saw her do a variety of activities with no aim to the activities and no one came first or last.

When my daughter was small I used to ask her what she did in P.E, and the lessons sounded great, a really good variety and the teachers were lovely, I also asked “does your teacher put trainers and trousers on when she teaches P.E?” Her response was “No, Miss puts on her furry coat and stays in her high heels and tell us what to do”. I couldn’t help but laugh, but I do think P.E., teacher’s need to be a role model by taking a little bit of an active part. One thing that surprised me was how little swimming she did. She did 12 swimming lessons in the total time at Primary School. If we hadn’t taken her swimming in her spare time she would have never learned to swim.

At Secondary School, my daughter did a variety of Sports, even Lacrosse. She was quite good at running despite doing no training for it, other than parkrun.

My daughter really enjoyed parkrun. She learned to love running from parkrun. There was no pressure to run as fast as you could, unless you felt like it. She knew she would never come last and she was so pleased when she got her white 10 parkrun top. She also liked the cake at the end.

At school, when there were competitions with other schools in running, she did well. One day she bought home a letter and it said she had been picked to run for her County in the Cross Country Championships and if she wanted to go, ring up this person on his number. The same thing happened again when she ran for her County at the Athletic Championship. On the day of the event we had to drive over an hour to the venue then find the man who gave her a vest. Only one other boy was there from her school and she felt quite lonely and stressed. The School took no part in it at all. No teacher came at all. If we weren’t supportive parents she would never of gone. In my Secondary School a teacher/s would always come and all the pupils would come together however far it was to go. No pupil needed parent support. At my school every teacher had to be responsible for one club, whether that be the Christian Club, Netball, Mini Trampoline etc. It was not just the job of the P.E., teacher.to be responsible for a Sports Club. If the French teacher liked Tennis, she would choose to run that club. It was an opportunity for everyone to be active and take part in something, teacher and pupil alike.

My daughter seemed to get a bit put off running after running for her County where others were better than her. It was too competitive for her. She gave up running at about 16 years old like so many girls. Thankfully, when she was 19 years old she started jogging to keep trim and feel better. When she started to run again her sessions were “walk-run-walk”, and not worrying about speed. Now she runs about 4-5 days a week and enjoys it. I attribute her enjoyment of running to parkrun experiences, not her school experiences of running. I feel if anything School put her off running.

Photo below is my daughter Zara.

Worksop Half Marathon: 29th October 2017

By Carl Stone (UKnetRunner)

Worksop Half Marathon is my local event with the start being only a mile from home , always well supported on fully closed roads which also runs through the scenic Clumber Park , many of the runners turn up in Halloween costumes , this years race was run in ideal running weather and I managed to knock 7 Mins off my course PB 😀 , excellent medal And T shirt also makes this a must for your race calendar .