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The Great North Run and the ABC Plan

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It's always good to have a plan B but why stop there? The A plan would have seen romping home at the Bupa Great North Run in a new personal best of somewhere shy of 2:56:14 but when I failed to lose the 2 stone accumulated since the last PB I knew it was unlikely. [...]

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As I prepare to head up north for my fourth running of the Bupa Great North Run, I feel it is time to assemble a top tips post, illustrated with snippets from earlier race reports. Treat the Great North Run as 4 individual stages - XLMan from the runnersworld forum let me re-post his race [...]

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Thames Meander Half Marathon

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I've discovered the relative anonymity of mixed distance races and intend to exploit them. The fear of entering official races as a routine, back of the pack runner, is that you stagger towards the finish line to find all the volunteers packing up and waiting impatiently for you to pick up the last remaining medal [...]

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GNR Anxiety

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The Great North Run race pack arrived yesterday. A high level of anxiety followed its opening. Enclosed was a Team Bupa technical t-shirt which was so tight it finished a good few inches above my belly button. It might have super wicking properties but I don't think the good folk of South Shields deserve the [...]

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9 Top iPhone Apps for Runners

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I’ve been running with my iPhone for a couple of years and I think I have now got a fairly stable armory of running or health related apps that I would be prepared to recommend. I’ll split them into 4 sections and go from there. The Running Logs The iPhone is my ever present mobile [...]

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Keep Running Fat Girl

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Don't you just love kids? She was barely more than four years old and I'd only gone about a kilometre before she yelled out from the sidelines, "Keep running fat girl!" Nice one. Kids actually make this race. They line up with their grubby hands outstretched for a high-five and I love it when they [...]

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The Gadgets Keep Getting Bigger

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We took receipt of the largest box in the world yesterday. I am just beginning to get over the stress of it now. It took 3 of us to haul it across the threshold and then I spent the rest of the afternoon emptying the dining room of extraneous clutter such as dining tables and [...]

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Long Distance Limbo

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I needed a long run this weekend, something to confirm that I could complete the Great North Run without crumpling. We were away at the in-laws so I opted for the canal run. A remote out and back trail with no opportunities for rescue or abandonment. Perfect. Out and back runs offer up an interesting [...]

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Sporting Provenance

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I was sent a goody bag of sporting delights to try out a few weeks ago by a guy who is in the process of setting up a UK distribution for items with a valid sporting provenance. I have to say that I was impressed by quite a few of the items. Hoo Haa Ride [...]

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Royal Parks Half – The Confession

This run was always going to be a bit hit and miss, booking two half marathons only 7 days apart and then going light on the training regime is only going to end in a world of pain. In my mind I thought it would be interesting to see just how much pain would actually [...]