Archive October 2017

10 reasons to download issue 2 of Run Deep magazine

Run Deep magazine issue 2 has hit our digital shelves! Want to know why we think you should grab your copy? Here is our pick of the top 10 articles this month…

Read an inspirational interview with Jez Bragg
Meet the ultra- and mountain-runner who has tackled some of the world’s most prestigious long-distance races, giving us an honest insight into his life and training.
“I have never had anyone advise my coaching. I find my way, and focus on the enjoyment and go on ‘feel’. Not stressing about Strava and Garmin and stuff. Don’t ask me how I got myself ready for UTMB… I used to just go and run in the hills every weekend. Running on feel can take you a long, long way.”
Image credit: Te Araroa, South Island. Photo by Damiano Levati

Explore the Jeff Galloway Method
This walk-run-walk method has gained a lot of followers. We explore how this system can be used by any runner to improve race performance.
“The introduction of walking segments at the beginning of a run, puts less stress on the body and this will help to keep the runner injury free. Walk breaks will also enable the muscles to recover quicker and feel less fatigued.”
Image credit: Image by Freepik

Find out how running can help your mental health
Two runners share their stories of how running has helped their mind as much as their body, as they overcome personal obstacles in their lives.
“Stress and anxiety can feel very isolating and in my case running and realising my goals alleviates all the bad feelings.”

See why you should run an OCR
Have you considered doing an Obstacle Course Race? We find out more about these events and why they are great for runners.
“OCR demands a little bit of everything: core, upper body, explosive power, strength and the ability to run the hills… In reality, to be able to run well, you need all of these.”
Image credit: Epic Action Imagery

Improve your leg strength
Find out which exercises you should be doing to get strong legs, which will help you pick up your pace and power up hills.
“It’s imperative to keep the muscles and tendons as strong as possible to withstand the physical challenges running can bring. Basic leg strength is a must for all runners and will help keep the hips, knees and ankle joints mobile and strong for future running adventures.”

Be inspired by this great runner
Avril Acres, from Wokingham in Berkshire, set herself a big challenge – running the Great North Run half-marathon just three months after having major hip replacement surgery.
“If I was having a bad day, I looked back and reflected on how great my recovery was going. This all played a big part in my recovery. I also had the wonderful support of family and friends.”


Find out how to treat Plantar Fasciitis
We have some top advice from a pro sports therapist on how to tackle the runner’s worst nightmare, Plantar Fasciitis.
“It is a strong piece of connective tissue, which has little blood flow to it. It is a part of the body people often neglect, but is so important and used every day!”


Cure your runner’s tummy
It’s happened to the best of us… find out what could be causing your mid-run gastro issues and how to prevent it happening in the future.
“When you undertake sustained activity, several things happen that can affect the way your gut works. First, when you start exercising, the way the blood flows through your body changes. The oxygen demands of the working muscles increases and to meet this demand blood flow to the gut is reduced.”
Image credit: Image by Freepik


Raise big bucks for charity
Got yourself a charity place for the London Marathon, or another event? See our top tips on ways you can make a chunk in your target.
“Don’t place all of your eggs in one basket. By offering many ways to donate, you can often reach lots of different people and therefore raise more money. Also, you may get the same people donating twice, for example on your more traditional sponsorship page.”

Prepare for an epic long-distance event
We chat to TrainAsONE athlete Grant Vernon, who is tackling a new 135-mile race this November in an epic challenge to raise funds for a charity close to his heart. He tells us more about the event, as well as giving his personal training advice that we can all learn from, whatever our chosen distance.
“The first thing to understand is that it’s not possible to approach training for an event like this as you would for, say, a marathon. Ordinarily you’d plan your long runs to be close to the race distance, but when it comes to distances of this magnitude, taking on too many long runs in training will lead to excessive fatigue and, most likely, injury.”
Image credit: Photo by Endurancelife Events

Phew! All that, plus race reviews, the best running books, our in-house nanas answering one reader’s pressing question, facts about the London Marathon ballot and more.

And it’s just 99p. Download it now from our Magazine page.

Author: Julie Bassett
Categories: Latest Issue, Magazine

Steve Edwards sets new world record for 800 marathons!

Steve Edwards at the Birmingham International Marathon

When it comes to modern legends in the running world, Steve Edwards certainly stands among them. He has just run his 800th official marathon, with the world’s fastest average finish time of 3 hours 18 minutes and 12 seconds.

For many of us, achieving just one marathon in that kind of time would be amazing. We’re impressed by Steve’s dedication to his running and the incredible feats he has managed to achieve.

For those who don’t know, Steve Edwards is a 54-year-old amateur runner for the North Cotswold Tri & Run Club, from Moreton in Marsh. He has just completed his 800th official marathon at the Great Run Birmingham International Marathon in 3:19:39. After finishing, Steve said:

“That was really tough today; the final quarter mile uphill was a killer. I didn’t think I was going to get the sub 3:20, but the commentator and crowd were willing me on. I just can’t believe I’ve managed to do it; nobody has averaged under 3hrs 30min for this many marathons, so to achieve sub-3:20 is way beyond anything I could have imagined. The dedication and sacrifices that I’ve had to make to achieve this have at times been extremely difficult to sustain. I have to thank my wife Teresa from the bottom of my heart, she has been incredibly supportive and sacrificed much herself, we are a team and I couldn’t have achieved all that I have without her love & support.”

Steve’s intention is to complete 1,000 marathons, and see if he can set new records for each century landmark for fastest average time. It’s hard to believe that this isn’t what Steve does full-time. He is actually a full-time IT Support Analyst, fitting his training and racing in around work – something to remember when trying to find the energy to get out for a 5K after a long day at work! Inspiring stuff.

To put things into perspective, here are some amazing stats courtesy of Team Edwards:

  • A competitive marathon race on average every 13 days for nearly 30 years
  • 21,000 miles at a pace of 7min 33sec a mile, which doesn’t include training mileage!
  • His last 100 marathons have taken just 100 weeks
  • His last 200 marathons have taken just 204 weeks
  • 325 sub-3:15s, the most by a British athlete and 727 sub-3:30s, the most by anyone in the world
  • 60 marathon race wins, the second most by a British athlete
  • 100 overseas marathons in 34 countries including 20 capital cities
  • Worn out over 90 pairs of running shoes
  • Over £25,000 raised for various charities

We’ll be following Steve’s journey along the way and hope to feature his story in a future issue of Run Deep magazine soon!

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Donate to Steve’s Justgiving page, raising money for Kate’s Home Nursing charity:

Birmingham marathon photos courtesy of Teresa Edwards

Author: Julie Bassett
Categories: News

Who’s who in the Run deep team? Meet Julie Bassett

Name: Julie Bassett

Role: Editor

Nickname: Jules

Favourite film: Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

Favourite book: Good Omens

Flavour of running shoe: Saucony Guide for road, Saucony Excursion for light trails, Salomon Speedcross for heavier trails

Flavour of ice cream: Salted caramel

Biggest running achievement: Completing 9 marathons in 2017, including first-ever double weekend and first-ever ultra. A lot more to come in 2018

Biggest non-running achievement: Apart from the kids, taking the leap into the freelance world and never looking back!

Favourite race: Salisbury 54321 50K – first ultra!

Bucket-list race: Reykjavik Marathon

Secret special skill: Can talk non-stop for any amount of time

Follow Julie on social media:

Twitter @runningjules 

Instagram: @runningjules82

Author: Julie Bassett
Categories: Magazine, Meet the Team

Running for mental health

I don’t know about you, but without running, life would be considerably harder. Running, or any exercise for that matter, is a great medication for many conditions. Feeling low? A run can help lift my mood. Feeling stressed? A run can help to ease the tension. To-do list overflowing? A run gives me the space I need to sort out my priorities. Fancy a social chat? Well, a run with friends kills two birds with one stone. Running has brought so much into my life, not least the people I have met, the communities I have joined and the opportunities it has created.

For me, running is my lifeline, and it has helped me to improve and manage my own mental health for many, many years. I’ve run through the darkest of days and the happiest of times. And I know for sure that I am not alone. I’ve heard so many inspirational stories of people who have used running to help in so many ways, through grief, illness, depression and anxiety to improve general health, wellbeing, mindfulness and so much more.

It’s World Mental Health Day on Tuesday 10th October, a day to raise awareness of mental health conditions, to help highlight the help available, to encourage people to talk more, and to end the stigma surrounding these illnesses. It’s sad that even now, mental health gets less recognition than other health conditions, and yet it can be so overwhelming and impact on a person in a lot of different ways.

England Athletics has its own related campaign called #runandtalk, recognising the important role that running plays in managing mental health conditions. It asks people to run with friends, family and colleagues and have a chat at the same time to support others who may be having a hard time. #runandtalk takes place from 6-13th October 2017 for World Mental Health Day, and also for Time To Talk Day, which usually falls in February.

There are plenty of #runandtalk organised events going on around the country (–community/mental-wellbeing/runandtalk), run by clubs and groups to bring people together. But it doesn’t mean you have to take part in one of these runs. I know that sometimes running alone is what you need for headspace, or running with a trusted group of friends is the best therapy around!

The whole ethos of #runandtalk is something that the team here at Run deep magazine are huge supporters of. We have experience of mental health conditions and the role that running can play in managing conditions, recovery and wellbeing. The running community is amazing and hugely uplifting – runners are genuinely among the nicest people I have ever met!

If running has helped you to overcome a mental health condition, or is currently helping you to manage and control your condition, and you would be willing to share your story to encourage and inspire others, then we want to hear from you. We would love to collect stories from runners for the magazine, to show those who may be struggling that there is a light at the end of the tunnel, even if you can’t quite see it yet. Email me on

Thanks for listening,

Julie, editor of Run deep

Read more about running for mental health in issue 2 of Run deep magazine, where two runners share their stories.

Running to improve mental health

Author: Julie Bassett
Categories: News

5 great alternative April marathons to London

So, apparently, there is a big marathon in London that is quite popular. Lots of people would love to do it, and when October’s annual National Rejection Week rolls around, it’s fair to say that there is a certain amount of disappointment.

There are some amazing marathons around the UK in April, so if you weren’t lucky enough to win one of the coveted places in the London Marathon for 2018, why not consider one of these instead?

ABP Newport Wales Marathon

Sunday 29th April

A brand-new event that has just been announced. It is promising one of the flattest and fastest routes in the UK, passing many iconic landmarks and medieval villages. The actual course is yet to be unveiled, but it’s good to see more marathon options popping up around the country to meet demand.

Boston Marathon UK 2018

Sunday 15th April

No, not that Boston Marathon. But Boston, UK, in Lincolnshire. It has received great feedback from participants for its scenic route and friendly marshals. It’s a bit of a bargain at only £28 for the full marathon (there is a half as well, and a fun run of 3 miles).

Bad Cow

Sunday 29th April

This White Star Running event moved to a new location in 2017. In 2018, it keeps the new and well-received venue, but changes date, to a weekend in April. The marathon will take place on the Sunday, but for those crazy fools, there is also a lapped 12-hour event the day before if you fancy a double marathon (or more) weekend.

Asics Greater Manchester Marathon

Sunday 8th April

This marathon has received some great feedback for its good organisation and nice route. Short course issues resolved, this is one of the best London alternatives for those who want the ‘big race’ experience.

Stirling Scottish Marathon

Sunday 29th April

Starting from Stirling Castle, this marathon route has been improved for 2018 to offer more scenery and landmarks, starting and finishing in the city centre. Generally, reviews for its augural year (2017) were good, and the organisers have listened and made changes, so hopefully it’s onwards and upwards for this (definitely not flat) Scottish marathon.

Author: Julie Bassett
Categories: News

Who’s who in the Run deep team? Meet Dani Dixon

Name: Dani Dixon

Role: Designer/Resident Artiste

Nickname: Double D

Favourite film: Dirty Dancing

Favourite book: I love all of them by Victoria Hislop

Flavour of running shoe: Brooks Ghost

Flavour of ice cream: Mint Choc Chip

Biggest running achievement: Giants Head Marathon

Biggest non-running achievement: My little boy Rory (‘ahhhhh’)

Favourite race: Giants Head Marathon

Bucket-list race: New York Marathon

Secret special skill: I can pick things up with my toes!

Author: Julie Bassett
Categories: Behind the Scenes, Magazine, Meet the Team