Author: Sarah Shaw

GRTW Runderlust – top running travel destinations

From hip artists communities to incredible food, this weekend’s runderlust list brings some perfect Autumn inspiration for a weekend get away  Ljubljana marathon Ljubljana is the capital of Slovenia, once former Yugoslavia until it gained it’s independence in June 1991. As one of the smallest cities, in one of the smallest countries in Europe, it perhaps makes for one of the best capitals in which to combine a marathon with a city break. Save your legs and take the glass-walled funicular up to the medieval fortress of Ljubljana Castle , then take a mooch through the Old Town’s maze of narrow

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GRTW Runderlust – this weekend’s pick of our bucket list races

From the beauty of London’s city parks to the mountains of California, where our running race reporter, Sarah Shaw will be running this weekend, this is our pick of this weekend’s bucket list races  Royal Parks Half Over 16,000 runners will run through four of London’s eight Royal Parks, including Hyde Park, The Green Park, St James’s Park and Kensington Gardens, crunching through 13.1 miles of autumn leaves and passing iconic landmarks along the way – such as Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square and the Houses of Parliament. As you might expect from a race series that was created to support

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Join us in inspiring your girls to be unstoppable this International Day of the Girl Child

October 11th marks International Day of the Girl Child. Join us this year in highlighting awareness of the day with #grtwunstoppable  October 11th marks International Day of the Girl , an initiative started  by Plan International, seven years ago to raise awareness of the importance of nurturing girls globally.  It’s an initiative now supported by organisations around the globe, who call for a world where every girl can realise basic humans rights, such as to live free from violence, to attend and complete school, to choose when and whom she marries, and to earn equal pay for equal work.  Progress has been made but

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GRTW Runderlust – our look at this weekend’s bucket list races

Pack your binoculars! This weekend’s race round-up takes in sea views from all four corners of the British Isles, and maybe the chance of spotting a sea creature or two… Loch Ness Marathon (plus 10k, 5k and junior races) Obviously there’s the stunning loch (lake) and spectacular Highland scenery – but we all know that the real draw here is the search for Nessie…. And what better distraction to get you through 26.2, than the chance of a monster-spot?!  Prepare for cold weather, splendidly wild isolation (there are few crowds around these parts, though you may get a cheer from

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GRTW Runderlust – this weekend’s pick of bucket list races from around the world

This week’s Runderlust rounds up our top pick of races to bookmark for the end of September, and is inadvertently brought to you by the lettter ‘B’… Berlin Marathon, Germany A beautiful course, a good chance of near-perfect Autumn running weather, and the flattest of the Abbott World Marathon Majors, it is no coincidence that six out of the top 10 ever men’s marathon times – and two out of the top 10 womens’ – were run here.  As Kipchoge knows, Berlin is not only a fabulous course to target for a PB, but also to soak up the atmosphere

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Recycled Running – What can we do?

From 23-29th September, it’s Recycling Week, a campaign to encourage the public to recycle more. Now in its 17th year, this year’s theme is Recycling. It’s in our own hands.  The focus on being sustainable and zero waste has never been so high on the agenda, but in the running and triathlon world, we seem stuck in the 1970s. So what can we do as running and triathlon consumers do ourselves to change the status quo? Vote with your feet  Don’t get us wrong, everyone loves a memento of a big race and a bit of race bling, so we’re

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Ever heard of competitive stranger syndrome?

Thud, thud. Huff, puff, Thud, thud, Grunt. Many of us have experienced it – the unwelcome sound of footsteps gaining on you, then that sideways ‘Beat you!’ glance as they pass. As you resist the urge to proclaim; ‘Hang on buster, I’m on a training run! (or a treadmill!) – this isn’t a race! And by the way, I’ve just run xx sodding miles!’,  you might wonder what has got this guy or gal’s goat. The usual suspect is, more often than not, a relatively new runner or weekend warrior, whose ego is disproportionately tied up with running as fast

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GRTw Runderlust: this weekend’s bucket list races from around the world

Get inspiration for your race list for 2020 and beyond with our pick of this week’s sea-salty bucket races… The Purbeck Running Festival  If you like your coast on the rugged side, head to the Jurassic Coast for The Purbeck Running Festival and soak up the area’s spectacular history and landscapes – not to mention a few erm, big hills.  With over 3,000 foot elevation in the marathon route, this s not for faint-hearted, (if you go for the Ultra distance, you’ll climb over 7000 feet – that’s over 1 ½ times the height of Ben Nevis!) But with views

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5 Ways to Return to Running Fitness Successfully

After the long hazy days of summer with no training structure, it can be tempting to rush back to running and overdo it. STOP! First, read our guide to getting back to race sharpness swiftly, safely and without adding stress to an already busy life. Words & Pictures: Sarah Shaw As we dash around, dusting off our work-life juggling skills, getting kids sorted for school while attempting to relocate our hole-free work tights from the back of drawers, it will hit many of us how much we’ve let our running fitness go. But there’s no need to panic, as the new season is a

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