5 running tips for staying motivated this autumn

With autumn just around the corner, it can be hard to get yourself out for those runs. The nights get darker that bit sooner; there’s a crisp, cold feeling in the air; and the temptation to stay on the sofa having a Netflix binge with a hot drink gets ever stronger. It’s also the start of autumn race season, with plenty of events happening in September, October and beyond. Even if you don’t have a race to train for, staying on track with your running through this season will keep your endurance and stamina in peak condition ready for next year’s running plans.

Here we have compiled 5 tips to help you stay motivated through the next few months.

Hit the trails

Autumn/winter and trail running really do go hand in hand. There are loads of events around this time of year, but going off-road is perfect for your day-to-day runs as well. No matter where you live, you’re never far from a footpath, forest, river path or heath that you can explore. The ever-changing landscape at this time of year will help distract you during your run (but do pay attention to your feet; there are trip hazards aplenty!). You will have to bear in mind the decreasing light, particularly in the evenings and early mornings, but if ever there was a time to try the trails, this is it!

Photo by Veliko Karachiviev on Unsplash

Stick to a plan

Write down all your planned runs, as it makes it harder to miss them. Add them to your diary so you can see them in black and white. Yes, it’s tempting to hibernate until March, but that won’t do you any favours in the long term. Make a plan, set targets and get it done!

Try something new

If you’re not in training for anything in particular, this is the perfect time of year to try some different running sessions. Hill training and interval workouts are great, as they are over and done with quickly, but you still get a quality run in. You could also look at cross-training; hitting the pool or riding your bike in place of a couple of rules could improve your overall cardio fitness (and get you triathlon ready for summer if you’re that way inclined!).  Plyometric workouts or HIIT sessions in your week can build explosive power to shave your parkrun PB, or add in cosy yoga/Pilates sessions for a good all-body stretch.

Join a club

It’s much easier to stay motivated, if you have someone to run with. Not sure a running club is for you? Why not give it a try first – most clubs will let you try a few sessions for free before you have to commit. Running with a club with give you company, as well as sessions you might not do on your own. If you don’t fancy a formal running club, do a shout out on social media for running buddies – you never know who else is finding it hard to get motivated and will be grateful for the push!

Get the right kit

You know what they say: there’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing. If you’re cold and wet on your run, you’re never going to enjoy it! Invest in the right clothes for the season and you’ll find yourself far more comfortable and motivated to leave the house. It’s not cold yet, so you don’t need full winter kit, but try capris instead of shorts, a lightweight hat and gloves for early mornings, and a long-sleeve layer or light jacket you can take off as you warm up. Oh, and don’t forget lights! After the summer, it can be hard to get back into the routine of wearing high-vis and lights – be safe, be seen.

*Main image photo by Emma Simpson on Unsplash

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Author: Julie Bassett
Categories: News, Training

5 of the best ultramarathons in the UK

Ultramarathons are exploding in the UK. There are now more of them than ever. It’s hard to pin down the best, as we think there are so many great ones to choose from. Here we have put together a list of just 5 ultramarathons in the UK in 2018/2019 that we’ve experienced personally or heard brilliant feedback about from previous entrants. 

Tiree Ultramarathon

9th September 2018

The Tiree Ultramarathon receives rave reviews from everyone who has taken part in it. At 35 miles, it is an achievable distance when stepping up from the marathon distance. There is some navigation required between checkpoints, but as you are running around the whole island it can be difficult to get too lost. Maps are provided and you get a t-shirt, medal and goodie bag for taking part. You do need to get there, and there is a ferry from Oban or a plane from Glasgow, but it is worth the effort for the stunning views.


Ox 50

11th May 2019

A lapped route covering 50 miles (ish) over the trails of the Rushmore Estate near Salisbury. There is a generous cut-off, plenty of epic aid stations, which everything you need to keep you going, and one of the best medals around. Plus, as an added bonus, if you can’t make the 50 miles in the time allowed, you still get a medal for the Ox Frolic, a 12-hour event taking place at the same time, so no one goes home empty handed.


Dartmoor Discovery

1st June 2019

While many ultras are trail, there are the odd road races too. Dartmoor Discovery is one of

these and it’s a popular event too – you need to get your entry in quick when it opens. The 32-mile, single-loop race starts and finishes in Princetown. It has plenty of tough hills, as you would expect from Dartmoor, and there is a cut-off of 6 hours 30 minutes, which is strictly adhered too. You get a bespoke medal for your efforts, followed by a legendary disco.


Race to the Stones

13th-14th July 2019

100K along Britain’s oldest path. It’s certainly an epic challenge, but this race has a good reputation for being great for newcomers to the distance. You can opt to do day 1 or day 2, 50K each; you can do the 100K over two days, camping in the middle; or you can do 100K straight through, giving plenty of options for all abilities. The signage is good and fully stocked pitstops every 10K or so to keep you going.


The Lakeland 50

July 2019 (date TBC)

Not an easy course, but this 50-mile route in the Lake District is one of the most-popular ultras out there. It follows the second half of the Lakeland 100, and you will face tough terrain and skilled ascents. It’s a huge challenge, but there is a very generous 24-hour time limit, which makes it far more achievable. It does involve navigation, so this is a skill that you will need to practise.


Not convinced that you’re ready to take on an ultramarathon? In our latest issue of Run Deep magazine, we have put together a feature on ultra running and how it is more accessible than you might think. We have two real-life accounts from novice ultra runners who took on challenges outside their comfort zones and found a whole new joy of running. Download your copy today for just 99p:


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Categories: News

5 tips for running your first marathon

You’ve done the training, put the hard work in and now the time has come to actually run your first marathon! Here are our 5 top tips to give you the marathon experience you deserve.

Don’t neglect the taper

A marathon taper is a funny old thing. You spend the months leading up to the taper looking forward to the rest, imagining lie-ins at the weekend instead of 6am alarms to fit a 20-mile run in. But come the last 2-3 weeks before the marathon when you drop your mileage you can start to feel a bit lost. You’ll feel aches and pains that weren’t there before, wonder if you’re coming down with every bug and virus around, and you’ll convince yourself that you can’t possibly run a parkrun, let alone 26.2 miles. Welcome to ‘maranoia’. Taper is a key part of your training. When you’re training week in, week out, your body is accumulating fatigue – you never properly recover from one session to the next. The taper is the chance for your body to heal and refresh, so that when you start running on marathon day, you feel springy and ready to go. You shouldn’t just stop either; decrease your mileage a week at a time for the last few weeks. If you have just done a 20-mile run, your next long run will probably be about 12-15 miles, and then 8-10 the week after before the marathon. You can still run the same number of times a week, but keep the pace easier and the miles lower. You will feel the benefits on race-day, even if it doesn’t feel like it at the time. Trust your training!

Watch your nutrition

In the last couple of weeks before a marathon, keep an eye on what you are eating and drinking. You don’t need to go overboard on carbs or change your diet drastically. Just make sure that you are feeding your body good, nutritious food to help it with the healing process during your taper. Lots of fruit and veg, with a wide variety of colour. Eat high-quality grains and pulses, good fats and lean meat. Drink plenty of water daily too. The aim is to keep your body well hydrated in the weeks leading up to the marathon. And don’t try anything new! You don’t need an upset stomach from eating something that doesn’t agree with you this close to race day.

Get some rest

You will probably find it hard to sleep in the days leading up to your first marathon thanks to a combination of nerves and excitement. Make sure that you get plenty of rest and sleep in the weeks before instead, so that you are refreshed and you’re giving your body the best chance to re-energise after months of training. Try to go to bed at the same time every night and get up at the same time every day. Keep a couple of evenings a week free of any training and put your feet up. Now’s a good time for a Netflix marathon! You will be grateful for a well-rested body when it comes to the big day.

Stay positive

Our heads can be our own worst enemy and your mind will probably do its very best to convince you that the marathon will go badly. It’s not uncommon to keep visualising scenarios where you get ill or injured in the lead up to the race. Or you may have dreams about missing the start, forgetting to get your bag on the baggage truck, leaving your number at home… This is all quite normal – we’ve all had the inexplicable marathon dreams! Instead, try and remain positive. Visualise the positives instead: how will you feel when you cross that finish line? Look back at your training and remind yourself that you have put the work in.

Get organised

One way to lay some of your mind demons to rest is to start getting organised for race day early. Make an extensive list of everything you need for race-day. You should also consider all the logistics, such as travel time, hotel check-ins, number collection. Make sure you have a detailed itinerary of where you need to be and when. The more you can plan, the better, as you know that you’ve thought about every detail and there is less to go wrong.

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Author: Julie Bassett
Categories: News, Training

Returning to exercise after a baby – book extract

It’s not easy getting back into exercise after having a baby. Mountain runner and adventure racer Moire O’Sullivan ( knows this all too well, as she shares in her book Bump, Bike & Baby: Mummy’s Gone Adventure Racing. We’ll be reviewing the book in full in the next issue of Run Deep magazine, but Moire has kindly supplied us with an extract from it for the blog. This extract is taken from a couple of days after the birth of Aran, Moire’s first son. Her husband Pete suggests they take their dog Tom for a walk after realising Moire has practically not left the house since Aran’s arrival…

‘Why don’t we go for a walk with Tom?’ Pete says. ‘I think we’d all appreciate some fresh air.’ The mere mention of the word ‘walk’ sends Tom into a mad frenzy. It looks like we’re going out, whether we like it or not.

We opt to visit the deserted beach I walked on just before my waters broke. I enclose Aran in his wrap on the excursion, and despite being buffeted by strong coastal winds and swirling sands, he soon nods off to sleep. The beach walk is the remedy I needed. Every step I take makes me realise that my lung space has finally returned. I don’t feel too breathless from the gentle steps I take on the shore.

Pete runs after Tom, who has spotted another dog frolicking in the waves. However, I am very aware that even a gentle jog towards the sea would be a very bad idea. Aran’s abrupt exit has caused my pelvic floor to collapse. In addition, I have suffered a urinary prolapse. I am so stretched down there that I fear running might cause all my internal organs to slump out between my legs.

I am disappointed with myself. Irish Olympian Sonia O’Sullivan was back running ten days after giving birth. I am nowhere near that stage. So if I ever had the notion I was even close to Olympic material, I now know I was terribly mistaken.

When I get back to the house, I email my biking and pregnancy guru, Susie Mitchell, to see how soon she started exercising. Though she had a C-section, so had different issues to deal with, she suggests that once I can sit on a bike saddle, I should be able to go for a spin.

I am not convinced by Susie’s suggestion. Sitting on a bike sounds really sore. But there is ultimately only one way to find out how bad the pain will be. I wheel out Bike, who has undergone solitary confinement in the garage for nearly two months. I slowly slip myself on to the saddle.

Much to my surprise, it is not sore at all. Within seconds I shout, ‘Pete, can I go for a bike ride?’

Back in the day, I could hop on my bike and inform Pete when I’d be back from my spin. But now, with baby Aran about and me breastfeeding him, we need military-precise coordination for when I can and can’t leave the house.

‘So, if I give Aran a feed now, he probably won’t need one for another hour,’ I say to Pete, trying to work out when and for how long I can abscond.

‘But what if he looks for a feed while you’re away?’

‘I don’t know,’ I say, trying to escape the house with Bike. ‘Can’t you figure that out yourself?’

Pete looks at me blankly.

‘Look, I’ll be back in sixty minutes,’ I say to Pete, begging him to let me go. ‘If he cries, I don’t know, sing to him or something.’ I cycle off before Pete can lodge a formal protest.

Riding Bike is sheer heaven. I had forgotten how fast you can go, how the wind whips your hair and catches your breath, how the rhythm of the pedals soothes away all your cares. It is also wonderful to be back cycling without a baby inside me. My lungs feel as large as life, no longer squashed against my ribs. I can push myself a little harder on the hills, and not worry about raised heart rates or overheating myself. Gone too are the fears I had of falling off Bike and doing Bump permanent harm.

It is not only the joy of being outdoors and doing some exercise that thrills me so much. It is the fact that I am getting a brief break from motherhood. Since giving birth two weeks ago, I have felt so fat and unfit. With Aran waking up every couple of hours at night, sleep deprivation is hitting me hard. Now, for this single hour, I am doing something I love that could reverse all these afflictions. I tell myself to cling to this time that it is solely mine.

I arrive back home, on a high from my ride. It’s great to have different chemicals coursing through my veins instead of pregnancy hormones. I bounce through the front door, full of serotonin and dopamine. I feel like a completely new woman.

Aran is starting to stir from his slumber on Pete’s shoulder.

‘Perfect timing!’ I shout to Pete with a smile.

I take Aran off him and carefully slide Aran under my biking top. Though my breast milk is now laced with lactic acid from my exercise, Aran doesn’t seem to mind a bit. He drinks greedily from the supply, then falls back fast asleep.


Author: Julie Bassett
Categories: News, Stories, Training

How to cope with running in a heatwave

Finding it hard to stick to your usual running schedule while the UK experiences an extended period of hot weather? The temptation is there to get back from work, stick your feet in a paddling pool and settle down with a cold beer and a good book for the night. Or is that just us?   

Here in the UK, we’re just not used to having the mercury hit the high 20s that often, let alone for more than the odd day or two. We’ve put together our top tips to help you keep running during the heatwave (even though there is always the chance normal conditions will have resumed by the time you read this…).

Adapt your clothing

What you wear when you run can have a lot to do with how hot you feel. Choose your running clothes wisely if you’re heading out while the sun’s up. Wear loose-fitting, technical fabrics. This isn’t the time for your favourite black compression shorts – black will make you feel warmer and the compression technology pushing against your skin is doing you no favours. Good running gear is moisture-wicking, so it pulls sweat away from your skin to stop you overheating. A t-shirt can be better than a vest if it’s really sunny, as it helps cover your skin – sunburn is a surefire way to make running in the summer unbearable and a serious health risk. Don’t forget to add something to cover your face and eyes. Some runners like sunglasses, which are especially good if you suffer from hayfever too (summer really is the gift that keeps on giving for some of us). A visor is a good shout, as it keeps your face in shadow but keeps your head free to expel excess heat. Stick to lighter colours as much as possible too.

Wear sunscreen

As Baz Luhrmann said…

“If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it.
The long-term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists…”

We can’t say this enough. If you’re out in the sun for a long period of time, wear sunscreen. A really good one that is designed for sports or is water/sweat resistant – normal sunscreens can sometimes make you overheat as they don’t let the sweat escape, and as you warm up they can feel slimy. Put it on 20 minutes before your run to let it sink in, and apply before dressing so you know you’ve covered everything. A decent Factor 30 in these conditions will protect your skin.

Water and salts

When you sweat a lot, you will lose two important things in your sweat: water and salts. You should aim to be hydrated the whole time, rather than heading into your run without enough water in your system and trying to catch up as you run. Drink around two litres every day; maybe even more in this warm weather. Carry water on every run, even if you don’t usually, or at the very least grab a couple of pounds just in case you need to make an emergency supermarket stop. Sports drinks are packed with electrolytes, which are essentially the salts you are losing when you sweat. Consider adding an electrolyte tablet to your water for running or pick a specially designed hydration sports drink. Don’t down your water either; keep steadily sipping it as you go to stay hydrated.

Pick your times

It’s not always possible to choose when you get to run, but if you can, try and avoid the hottest parts of the day. Normally this is considered to be from noon until 4pm, however during this current heatwave, temperatures have often gone up to the high 20s until late in the evening. Getting out first thing in the morning is your best bet, as the sun hasn’t had time to reach its maximum capacity. You will find it easier to run at this time, but if you’re not usually a morning runner, it might take a few goes to find your natural rhythm when it comes to eating and fuelling up. If you have a shower at work, you could run to work, shower and know that your training is over and done with.

Choose cooler routes

Running on the roads is going to be the hottest. The pavements will be throwing the heat back up at you, and when you’re surrounded by buildings, you will find the heat trapped on the streets. If you have any chest problems, the combination of air pollution and hot weather can cause problems. Now is the perfect time to get off-road. Many parks, forests and river paths will enable you to run partially in the shade, which will make your run feel so much easier. If you can get near the water, the sea breeze could also help to cool you down (although dodgy tourists might add a mile or two on to your run!).

Don’t start hot

If you are already boiling hot before you even go out for your run, your body temperature will just rocket really quickly. Try and get cool before your run so you start with a lower core temperature. Stick water bottles in the freezer or even your hat, so you can have something cold close to your skin at the start of your run. Your water will defrost as you go and at least you won’t have to drink hot water too early in your run.

Racing in hot weather

If you have a race planned during the heatwave, then things are a little different. You can’t adjust the time of your race to suit the coolest parts of the day. All you can do is prepare for the worst and hope for the best. Make sure you know what kit you are running in and try it out. If something chafes on race day and you’re hot and sweaty, you’re going to feel that pain. Plan to carry your own water, rather than relying on just the aid stations. And also plan how you’re going to carry that water. Research where drinks stations will be positioned, so you can top up as needed. Make sure you have electrolytes on you and consider carrying salt tablets, particularly if you are prone to cramps or excess swelling (often in the fingers). Adjust your expectations of the day and accept that you will likely have to go slower than planned. If you can, start to acclimatise to the weather and get out for a few practice runs to test your tolerance, kit and hydration choices. Finally, just try and enjoy it. There will be other races, other summers and plenty more cooler weather ahead!


*Feature photo by Jenny Hill on Unsplash. All other images from Pexels.

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Three Peaks record setter takes on new Mountain Challenge!

Back in issue 3 of Run Deep magazine, we ran a story about amazing ultra runner Tina Page. Now she’s back with another amazing challenge that will see her summit even more mountains – 1,000 of them in just 365 days! 

Self-confessed ‘back of the pack’ trail runner, Tina Page, who last year took on the National Three Peaks Challenge in an epic solo, unsupported 500-mile run, successfully completing 19 marathons in 19 days, is now brushing off her trail shoes once again for a new flapjack-fuelled adventure in continuing support of Mountain Rescue Teams and Search Dogs.

What started as an attempt to summit the 180 English Mountains (as classified by the HEWITT system) has sort of spiralled! She now plans on reaching the top of a whopping 1,000 mountains! Yes, you did read that right… This includes peaks classified as Hewitts, Nuttalls and Scottish Munros, and takes in all the best of our British hills. You can find out more about her challenge, and why she upped it to such epic proportions here:

She will be attempting to complete all 1000 mountains in the British Isles over 365 days, and started the challenge in mid-June. On all her adventures, her companion is he mascot, Patch the dog, who features in her amazing photos.

The challenge is to raise funds for The Search And Rescue Dog Association and Mountain Rescue England and Wales. She will also be supporting the double award-winning Lakeland fell protection charity Fix the Fells. She hopes to reach a target of £50,000 over the next year.

To donate, visit:

You can follow her journey, as we will be doing on her Facebook page ( and on her blog (


Author: Julie Bassett
Categories: News, Stories

How to combat marathon race-day nerves

Whether you are preparing for your first marathon or your 100th, feeling nervous is quite normal. Some of us are more prone to nerves than others, feeling that familiar flutter of butterflies before a parkrun, or even a training run. Race-day has so many elements to think about. Not only is it the culmination of months of training, there are the added logistics of travelling, bag storage, number collection, remembering to pack everything and frantically watching a weather app to predict what conditions might be like. It’s okay to feel nervous, but it also helps if you can manage some of the worry too. Here are some strategies you can use to stay on top of your nerves.

Be prepared

The more you know, the less there is to worry about. Most races will have a course map you can look at in advance. This may also include the elevation profile, so you can mentally prepare for the ups and downs. Not everyone likes to know the route in advance, but if the unknown makes you uneasy, studying the course can really help. You could also browse the race photos from previous years to see the route and what it looks like, to help you picture yourself running it. When you know what to expect, you can make a race plan. If the first half is all uphill and the second half easier, build that into your race plan. If you go out too hard on the toughest part of the course, you won’t be able to make the most of it when you reach the easier sections. You can also choose landmarks on the route to spot on race-day, so you can break the race down into sections. The same goes for getting everything ready for your big day. Lay out your kit, pack your bags and double-check your travel plans the day before. Make sure you have your race number or any registration details you need to pick it up on the day.

Remember you’re ready!

Maranoia can kick in big time when you’re tapering and on the start line. You will worry you haven’t done enough, that you’re undertrained. Take the time to look back at what you have achieved. Seeing the difference from the first run all those months ago to your best run in peak training can help to calm the nerves. It proves you have put the time and effort in. You need to put some faith in your training.

Follow your routine

Routine really helps keep nerves in check. A race isn’t your usual Sunday morning affair, but running is. You’ve done the long runs and you’re ready; this is a just a shift of location. Keep your morning routine as normal as possible. Get ready for your run as you always would, eat the same breakfast and try to relax. Do another run through of your kit and get dressed. Follow your race-day plan and get to the start with plenty of time. Use the facilities, drop your bag off and go through your usual warmup routine if you have one. Some runners like to have headphones for the start area, even if they don’t wear them for the race, so they can switch off from what’s happening around them while waiting to go into the start pens.

Run at your pace

The combination of nerves and uncertainly can see us starting the race too fast, keen to get going. It’s easy to get swept up in the crowds, particularly in a big race. However, this will only mean you’ll exhaust yourself later on and you need to play the long game. Fall into your own pace from the very beginning and ignore anyone around you. It definitely helps if you put yourself in the right start pen at the beginning for your intended pace, as this will stop too many people from trying to push past you in earnest. Just focus on your own race plan and stick to what you’ve practised.

Follow these tips and hopefully you will feel a little more in control on race-day. If you have any top tips for combating nerves, let us know on our social media channels.



This article originally ran in our FREE marathon special of Run Deep magazine, which is still available to download. 

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Author: Julie Bassett
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10 marathons to try in 2018

There are so many great marathons in the UK. While we do have some of the best big city marathons, there are some smaller gems that are worth adding to your bucket list.

Here we have put together 10 marathons the Run Deep team love or have on their own ‘must-do’ lists.

  1. Dorchester Marathon
    Date: 27th May
    Price: £42 (unaffiliated)/£40 (affiliated)
    About the marathon: The Dorchester Marathon is back for the second year, after a successful inaugural event in 2017. The race is run on closed runs in the glorious Dorset countryside, through historic villages. It is well supported, offers camping and a post-race party, as well as a medal, t-shirt and live entertainment.
  2. North Devon Marathon
    Date: 24th June
    Price: £36
    About the marathon: The organisers call it the toughest and most beautiful race in the UK. It’s based in Woolacombe and takes in the North Devon coastline. It weaves its way beside Woolacombe Sands, through Croyde back inland to the start point to finish the first half. The second half goes north on the coast, before circling back.
  3. DRAM (Dundee Running Adventure Marathon) 2018
    Date: 15th July
    Price: £26.20
    About the marathon: This race takes part on the green circular around the city of Dundee, with a mixture of path, trail, road and pavement. The entry fee of just £26.20 (see what they did there?) is more than reasonable for a marathon event. And the mostly flat route makes this a reasonably fast event.
  4. Salisbury 54321 Marathon
    Date: 12th August
    Price: £29 (unaffiliated)/£27 (affiliated)
    About the marathon: This trail running event offers a wide range of distances for both runners and walkers. The picturesque route takes in sites of historical and scientific interest, as well as through country estates that are not usually open to the public. It’s quite low-key but growing in popularity, with many runners returning each year to tackle the different distances.
  5. Bacchus Marathon
    Date: 9th September
    Price: £47
    About the marathon: What’s not to love about a marathon that has 12 wine-tasting stations? This trail event is located on Denbies Wine Estate and attracts a mixed crowd with a penchant for fancy dress. It’s not cheap, so make sure you get your money’s worth in wine – as long as you can still run in a straight line!
  6. Loch Ness Marathon
    Date: 28th September
    Price: £56 (unaffiliated and UK Club Member)/£54 (affiliated Scottish Athletic member)
    About the marathon: Loch Ness is iconic and it’s an absolute joy to be able to run in this gorgeous part of the world. The event has received some great feedback from previous entrants, particularly for all the entertainment and family-friendly extras. You might even catch a glimpse of Nessie!
  7. Kielder Marathon
    Date: 7th October
    Price: £41 (unaffiliated)/£39 (affiliated)
    About the marathon: Another race that claims to be ‘Britain’s Most Beautiful’, this is an entirely off-road course around Kielder Water, Europe’s largest man-made lake. Entrants get a technical t-shirt, medal and goody bag for their entry fee. One bonus is the spectator’s bus, which shuttles viewers to the best vantage points to spot runners for a small fee.
  8. Beachy Head Marathon
    Date: 27th October
    Price: £40
    About the marathon: One of the most popular and most scenic marathons in the UK. Take in the stunning views across the East Sussex countryside and the South Downs, making the killer climbs worth it.
  9. Remembrance Day Marathon
    Date: 11th November
    Price: £39.80 (unaffiliated)/£37.70 (affiliated)
    About the marathon: This special event falls on Remembrance Day 2018 and marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. While the race starts at 9am, there is a ‘race freeze’ at 11am, where all runners and marshals come to a halt as a mark of respect and observe the traditional silence before continuing.
  10. Endurancelife Dorset
    Date: 1st December
    Price: £55
    About the marathon: All of the Endurancelife events are worth a try. The marathon distance is a bit of an ‘ish’, which the Dorset version coming in at 27.2 miles. Add to that the 4,910ft of elevation and it’s not going to be easy. But running the Jurassic Coast Path is a unique experience and one all trail runners should experience.

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Author: Julie Bassett
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Chorley Run Leader secures AED for club and community

Regulars and visitors to the Golden Lion pub in Higher Wheelton, Chorley are the proud owners of a new defibrillator after a volunteer running coach based at the pub put in a compelling argument to get it donated to them.

Shelby Williams, run leader of Lions Community Club, which attracts over 50 runners a week to the pub, entered a competition run by defibrillator manufacturers Cardiac Science to win a Powerheart® G5 AED (automated external defibrillator).

The company, based in Stockport, ran the competition throughout 2017, donating  a Powerheart® G5 AED  every three months to a deserving cause.

Shaun Ingram, Managing Director of Cardiac Science, said that Shelby put forward a strong case for the need of an AED, saying the pub was a busy place, at the heart of the community, the perfect spot for a defib.

Shelby explained: “In the six years since the running club started we have only ever called an ambulance out once, but it did take a long time to get here –  including going off-road at the end to reach us –  so having an AED on hand which could save a life is a no brainer.

She continued: “Since then our nearest A & E department has partially closed so the situation has not got any better and I knew we needed a plan B. The G5 gives us peace of mind that in an emergency we could help ourselves and give someone a fighting chance of survival.”

As well as the hub for the running club – runs are usually reasonably close to the building –  the pub sits alongside a canal which attracts walkers, locals and families at weekends. “It’s a real community pub,” said Shelby, “with lots of people who could benefit from the defib.”

Kevin Garvey from Cardiac Science joined Shelby and members of her running club to hand over the device. It will be housed inside the pub for now, but Shelby is hoping, with local fund-raising support, to buy a specially-constructed external cabinet with easy access for all.

Shelby and others will also be given First Responder training to get familiar with the device. However the Powerheart® G5 AED is designed to be used in an emergency without any training at all. It is set up to be intuitive to use, with the first time rescuer in mind, talking them through every step of the way and only giving a shock if required.

Kevin commented: “We are only too pleased to donate the Powerheart® G5 devices into semi-rural locations, especially pubs which attract big communities of people and Shelby is to be congratulated for championing the Golden Lion’s cause. Hopefully they will never have to use it but there is peace of mind in knowing it’s there in an emergency.”

Around 60,000 people in the UK have an out of hospital cardiac arrest each year according to figures from the Resuscitation Council (UK). If CPR is started early and there is an AED available, it can double the person’s chances of survival.

Cardiac Science has launched a new Community Sponsorship scheme which helps businesses get involved with the provision of AEDS into communities across the UK in exchange for local profile.  For more information go to

Pictures show the Lions running community with their new defibrillator which is at the Golden Lion Pub, Higher Wheelton Near Chorley Lancashire.
Pictured is Shelby Williams
Pictures by Paul Currie
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Author: Julie Bassett
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UK Run Events launches The Running Festival at Goodwood

UK Run Events, the organisers of the Shrewsbury Half Marathon powered by UKRunChat and Breathe Unity, have announced the launch of The Running Festival at Goodwood, an exciting new event for runners at the historic Goodwood Motor Circuit in Sussex.

The Running Festival at Goodwood was launched at The National Running Show on 20th January, and runners were quick to snap up entries to secure their place on the start line of an event that is believed to become one of the most iconic running events in the sporting calendar.

The event will take place on Sunday 14th October 2018 and is set to welcome 5,000 runners to what will be the first ever running festival at Goodwood. An event aimed at younger runners will also be announced shortly, making this a celebratory day of running for runners of all ages and abilities.

Goodwood is a spectacular estate in the heart of West Sussex and home to the world-famous Festival of Speed, Goodwood Revival and Qatar Goodwood Festival. Nestled at the foot of the South Downs just outside Chichester, it is an extremely picturesque location for this thrilling new event on the UK running scene.

A total of 3,000 places are available for the 10K which covers two and a half laps, and 2,000 places are available for the Half Marathon which will see runners complete five and a half laps. The 10K starts at 10am and the Half Marathon starts at 12 noon, allowing individuals and families to enjoy a full day of fun at this iconic venue.

Discounted early bird fees are up for grabs until the end of February, and anyone wishing to enter this professional and friendly event in the autumn is encouraged to secure their place now. Tickets for events at Goodwood traditionally sell out quickly and The Running Festival at Goodwood is expected to be eagerly embraced by the running community.

Race Director Joe Williams commented, “We are delighted to launch The Running Festival at Goodwood. It has been a long time in the planning and we are thrilled to be able to host our first running festival at such a beautiful and memorable venue. The facilities at Goodwood are second-to-none and we hope that many runners will take the opportunity to race at one of the UK’s best-known estates. With the option of a 10K and a Half Marathon, we are looking forward to welcoming runners of all abilities to the event in October. Discounted early bird entries are available so now is the perfect time to sign up and have a fantastic new event to look forward to.”

The Running Festival at Goodwood is open for entries. Early bird entries cost £18 (affiliated) / £20 (non-affiliated) for the 10K, and £26 (affiliated) / £28 (non-affiliated) for the Half Marathon. Prices will rise by £2 respectively on 1st March.

All finishers receive a unique medal, technical souvenir t-shirt, free pre and post race massage, free event photography (worth £19.99), a goody bag, plus a fantastic grandstand-themed finish!

UK Run Events is a professional running events company delivering high calibre events in beautiful surroundings combined with strong community spirit and immense runner support. UK Run Events for 2018 include The Running Festival at Goodwood and Shrewsbury Half Marathon.

Go to for further details and to register. You can also follow @ukrunevents on Twitter to keep up to date with all the latest news.

Author: Julie Bassett
Categories: News