Book Recommendation: Running Science (Editor, John Brewer)

If I was going to buy someone a running book this Christmas, I would buy this. An increasing number of people are buying E-books rather than hardback books, myself included. However, this is one of the few books I will have on my shelf at home. I enjoy reading it and find it so informative. It explains the Science of Running in a way that anyone can understand. It has large pages, large pictures and large print. It’s also not full of stuff that is not relevant or too academic. My attention span is very short so this is perfect for me. The content is excellent. The format is brilliant. Each page begin with a question and then it is explained. E.g.,

What affects recovery rate after exercise? Can I become a better runner by changing my style? Will supplements improve my running? Will a cup of coffee help me run better? Are Sports Drinks good for me? Can I run through pain? What should I think about when I’m running? How can I keep my mind positive? How much should I increase my Training? What is HIIT and should I be doing it? Is more mileage in training always better? How quickly do I lose fitness if I stop running? Can a heart rate monitor improve performance? Will core strength and stability training keep me injury free? Can sports massage help with injuries or performance? Is running bad for my knees? Will a foam roller make me a better runner?

Authors: John Brewer, Iain Fletcher, Laura Charalambous, Bob Murray, Daniel Craighead, Andy Lane, Charles Pedlar, James Earle, Paul Larkins, Anna Barnsley,

Book Available from Amazon Amazon link for Running Science Book

Book Review: Get Fit, Not Fat, Author: Greg Whyte

This book has been out for a few years. I’ve had mine for a few years. I’ve just noticed the price on Amazon is £7.99, a bargain, it certainly was not that cheap when I got mine. The book explains why we should should exercise but the best thing I find about this book is the large coloured pages with large photo’s of exercises. Probably, about half the content of the book is photo’s of different exercises, i.e., strength exercises, flexibility exercises and balance exercises. It’s ideal for me because I can’t remember what exercises to do and how to do them properly. I pick about 5 exercises for a 15 minutes session. I normally do the exercises ar the gym but it would be perfect for someone who doesn’t belong to a gym. I have thought about buying another to give to my elderly mum and dad and my lazy sister (she hates exercise but 15 minutes is doable) as it has each exercise in three levels, easy, medium and hard.

The book is available on Amazon Link to Get Fit Not Fat

Girls not engaging in school sport…..but one group may have the answer.

By Anna Kessel (Guardian)

A new study has shown that while girls recognised being physically active is important, only 56% of girls enjoyed taking part versus 71% of boys. Photograph: Alicia Canter for the Guardian

New research from Women in Sport shows girls still turn away from school sport in their droves but the Girls Active programme is seeking to change that.

Another day, another report concluding that girls are not engaging with PE and physical activity compared to their male peers. The difference this time is that two leading sports governing bodies believe they have found a solution – one that works.

Over the past year there has been a proliferation of gendered schemes using pink or princess motifs to entice girls into doing sport or PE, they are “superficial”, according to Ruth Holdaway, the CEO of Women in Sport.

“I despair a little bit,” she says. “Don’t assume that because you make something pink that’s all you need to do. It’s just very superficial when it’s actually very complex.

To read more follow link to the Guardian Engaging Girls in School Sport

Looking for a new challenge? Ride Across America (RAAM) In a team or Solo.

For 36 years RAAM has been challenging ultracyclists from around the globe to push their physical and mental limits to the farthest reaches. Starting in Oceanside, under one of the longest piers in California, RAAM spans 3000 miles, climbs 175,000 feet, crosses 12 states and finishes at City Dock in Annapolis, Maryland, the east coast sailing mecca.

The route travels west to east, traversing three major mountain ranges (Sierra, Rocky and Appalachian), crosses four of America’s longest rivers (Colorado, Mississippi, Missouri and Ohio) and the Great Plains.  Also, passing through such iconic American landmarks as the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts, Monument Valley, Great Plains and Gettysburg.

Open to amateur and professional racers, in solo, 2-, 4- and 8-person relay teams, there is no other race in the world comparable to RAAM. The Race has become a global icon, having had over 35 countries represented. Not only has RAAM proved to be one of the most challenging races in the world, but has become a huge platform for racers to raise awareness and money for charities of their choice. in 1992 and quickly became the most popular and fastest growing segment of the race. Team sizes are 2, 4 and 8 persons.

There is no other Cycle event in the world like RAAM. There is no Race that combines the distance, terrain and weather. It challenges the team spirit from start to finish. It inspires everyone who has bee part of it. It is a test of strength, speed, endurance and camaraderie, the ideal combination of work and play.

Start Dates: Teams (no qualifying required); Saturday 16th June 2018, Solo (need to qualify) Tuesday June 12th 2017

See details on RAAM website RAAM website

51,307 Started, But How Many Finished? The 2017 NYC Marathon by the Numbers

By Paul Snyder (Runners World).

The race through the five boroughs remains the world’s largest 26.2-mile race.

Runners begin the 2017 New York City Marathon by making their way over the Verrazano Bridge. Photo by, EDUARDO MUNOZ ALVAREZ

The 2017 New York City Marathon officially greeted 50,766 runners to the finish line on Sunday in Central Park, and although an impressive 98.9 percent of participants made it 26.2 miles, the total fell short of last year’s record-setting 51,388 finishers.

See more: Runner’s World Link for NYC Marathon.

For complete coverage of this year’s race or to find out how to run the streets of New York in 2018, check out our NYC Marathon hub.

Olympic champion Jemima Sumgong handed four-year doping ban.

By Athletics Weekly (photo by Mark Shearman).

News of the Kenyan’s failed test was reported earlier this year and on Tuesday (November 7) the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya announced her sanction.

Sumgong’s ban runs from April 3, 2017 – the date of her provisional suspension – following the failed out-of-competition drugs test which had been taken on February 28.

That prevented the 32-year-old, who won the Virgin Money London Marathon last year as well as claiming Olympic marathon gold in Rio, from defending her London Marathon title.

According to the decision document published by the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya, Sumgong said her failed test was a result of treatment received at the Kenyatta National Hospital in Kenya on February 22 for an ectopic pregnancy. However, the decision document continued to state that the hospital denied that the athlete had been treated at that facility on or prior to that date, but confirmed a subsequent consultative visit.

A letter from the hospital “asserts quite emphatically that the medical sheets provided by the athlete were not authentic”, the decision document read in part.

It added that Sumgong said she did not disclose the treatment on her doping control form or tell anyone, including her husband who is also her coach, because of the “taboo” associated with her condition.

In April the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) released a statement which read in part: “The athlete tested positive for EPO following a no-notice test conducted by the IAAF in Kenya. This was part of an enhanced IAAF out-of-competition testing programme dedicated to elite marathon runners which is supported by the Abbott World Marathon Majors group.”

Read more at: Jemima Sumgong doping ban. (Athletics Weekly).

British Athletics announces key 2018 event dates and selection conditions. By Athletics Weekly

Governing body says being present at British Championships will be a “mandatory condition” for UK athletes seeking selection for major events

British Athletics has announced key dates for its events in 2018 and also confirmed that athletes seeking British team selection to major championships will be required to be present at British Championships events.

Next year the British Indoor Championships are heading to Birmingham ahead of the IAAF World Indoor Championships, but the event is set to clash with the BUCS Nationals indoor event in Sheffield on the same weekend.

The governing body also confirmed that the Müller Anniversary Games is to return to a two-day format in 2018, while “The Para Meet” will accompany “The Meet” as new fixture at the London Stadium in July.

Key events

February 17-18: British Athletics Indoor Championships

February 25: Müller Indoor Grand Prix Glasgow

June 30 – July 1: British Athletics Championships

July 14: The Para Meet and The Meet

July 21-22: Müller Anniversary Games

August 18: Müller Grand Prix Birmingham

See more at:

Athletics Weekly Selections

Why join an Internet Running Club and/or Online Running Community

Until a few years ago I didn’t know what a internet running club or an online running community was. Why would people even want to join an internet running club or blogging club? The advantages of belonging to one are:

  • They are normally Cheaper than normal running clubs, yet
  • you are affiliated to England Athletics so you still do get discounts on races.
  • You have a chance to win a Club ballot place to run in the London Marathon.
  • You still get support from club members, even though you don’t attend races.
  • You will never get left behind on a club run again!
  • No Club politics problems.

There other appealing aspects, they may differ from each club.

There are quite a few Internet clubs but I’ve only mentioned two; UKnetrunner and UKrunChat as these are the only ones I’m familiar with. My Internet club I belong to is UKnetrunner. It has all the advantages listed about. Once a year, we meet up at a race event and have a big meal afterwards (paid for by the club). This is followed by the Prize Giving (lots of Trophies) and AGM. There are mementos for all sorts of things, e.g., a UKnetrunner mug for all those who ran “5 different parkruns, over an 8 week period”.

UKnetrunner website

“We cater for runners whose lifestyles make it difficult to attend a local running club, but still want the support of clubmates. With UKnetunner your clubmates are available all day, every day, via facebook, twitter and the members’ chat forum.

Our running club offers various ways for members to get involved, but with the flexibility of participating when it suits you – there’s no pressure to attend certain races. You can add all your results to your member profile and these will be used to rank you in the UKnetrunner Grand Prix according to your progress over the previous year. There’s even a prize for the winner at the end of the year.

There are also a variety of handicap races held at events across the country each year. The handicap system allows you to compete fairly against members of all abilities with the triumphant runner receiving a trophy. If you’re still not sure, get in touch and ask any questions you may have before you JOIN.”

I also follow UKrunChat is an Online Running Community that cost nothing to join. It has thousands of followers. It is also your choice to join it as a club athlete so you are a member of England Athletics and you will get discounts on races.

UKrunChat website

“Our community has grown and we have lots of #UKRunChat people meeting up at events each and every week. With this in mind, we decided it was time to take the next step. We are now an official affiliated club with England Athletics. You can read some of the benefits here as to why being affiliated is great for both a club and individuals.  We would also like to affiliate with Scottish and Welsh Athletics.

We already have a virtual place for you to chat, give advice, support one another and celebrate with each other and now you’ll be able to do all of this in person whilst running together as part of the UKRunChat Running Club!

Lots of us for different reasons don’t have time to join a club or you have other commitments which stop you from joining. If you join the UKRunChat running club then you will have your team mates accessible at all times through our usual social channels and can arrange to meet up at events that you want to do offering complete flexibility. This means you are at home and out running when it suits you, your family and your schedule and there is no pressure to attend any races or training sessions that you don’t want to.

You can see where fellow UKRunChat members are running on our race calendar (coming soon) and we will be arranging to run at specific events across the UK so we can all meet up as one club. You can see events on our new events listing.

If you want anymore information then please email Club Subscription: Free of Charge | England Athletics Affiliation fee: £13 (Optional).”

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.


Are we becoming a nation of Runners?

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