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Like a lot of us runners these days, I got into running because of Parkrun. I can’t really remember why I decided to give it a go; I wasn’t persuaded or co-erced by well-meaning friends, and no doctor prescribed getting my lazy butt cheeks off the sofa before I had a heart attack. If I recall correctly, I just thought that it might be a nice way to get a bit fitter. Little did I know what staggering round a park for 5K (stopping twice) would do for me, and how it would turn me into someone who could not...

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It’s been well documented that running to music can help your performance, keeping your cadence up, distracting you when things get difficult, and making the time go faster. Interesting that last one – it rather assumes that you don’t like running much, doesn’t it? Perhaps stop running round a track and find a more interesting route, drop the speed and savour the experience… Anyway, I digress. Normally I prefer to run without music; my favourite two types of run are the early morning one when you can enjoy the peace and the wildlife around, and the social run with your...

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Hello My name is Guy, Running Guy – although the names might have been changed in order to protect the stupid and not so innocent. Many of my friends have asked me about writing a blog about running. And, despite their requests not to do so, I have decided to ignore them all and do it anyway. I’m not an expert. Actually I’m not even a good runner really. But I did wonder where the voice of the average runner was in this world wide inter web net thing, and whether the thoughts of someone who wasn’t particularly good at...

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The four-mile multi-terrain run will be setting off from Leighton Recreation Centre with fancy dress, and fancy headgear, encouraged and prizes including one for the best helmet.The event is the inspiration of Robin-Mark Schols who, following complications from brain tumour surgery, had to have a piece of skull removed. Until the hole in his skull could be repaired with a titanium plate, Robin had to wear a helmet everywhere he went, even on his runs. However, even during this time his determination to regain fitness through running was remarkable. He also achieved excellent times in the past two London Marathons, and we were very proud...

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