Category: INSPIRATION

Marathon Swims 2019 (1km swim)

Medals that made me: Katie Wright

GRTW swim strength coach, Katie Wright shares the lessons she has learned from her race experiences…including learning that swimming open water without a wetsuit is COLD… National Aquathlon Championships 2019 Lesson learned: Practise in race conditions and being good at one discipline does not translate to multi-discipline events are I entered this event off the back of three swimming pool-based events, the first of which I learned the hard way that you can’t – and most definitely should not, compete in an aquathlon wearing just a swimsuit; the run was a painful experience. So, turning up to the National Aquathlon

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UTMB 2019 finish line

Medals That Made Me: Lucja, GRTW Ultra Coach

In our latest series, Lucja Leonard from the GRTW Ultra running coaching team shares the lessons that she’s learned from each race to help her improve Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon, October 2013 Lesson: Test out your nutrition I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I entered this self-supported multi-stage race of 250km over seven days though the Kalahari desert in South Africa. I’d chosen to enter it after seeing it in a book that my husband, Dion had bought me, called The Worlds Toughest Endurance Challenges.’ I had researched the event by reading blogs by other

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Open water swimming

Essential open water swimming kit for winter

With Covid causing swimming pool closures, GRTW CEO, Rachael Woolston, has committed to swimming in the open water through winter. Here’s her essential kit guide to winter swimming. I started swimming in the open water five years ago, when I first took up triathlon. One of my first open water triathlon events was early in the season in the river Arundel. I was so worried about the cold, I ended up purchasing a lot of different bits of kit. Something that I now REALLY need. I’ve been through a lot of different kit, and these are my pick of the

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Four Ways to Stay Focused and Motivated

With shorter daylight hours, colder weather and no races, lockdown 2.0 is different from the first. Read our guide on how to stay fit, focused and kickass during lockdown and beyond Progressing and working towards a goal that matters is a hugely positive force. It is what helps us to get out of a warm bed to run on a dark morning, that keeps us on a horrible turbo session when our legs are screaming, and which helps us to push into an uncomfortable training zone, when it would be much easier to jog and watch the sun set. But

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Celebrating Running High this August

How fast could you run 106 miles in ONE week? Find out the leading lady of our week’s GRTW V Ultra Alps virtual race Over the month of August we invited women to enter our virtual running challenge to race 106 miles in one week. Supported by Salomon Running, the virtual event emulated the world famous, Ultra Trail Mont Blanc in terms of the distance. We also created a monthly challenge for those women who wanted to undertake it over a longer time period and who wanted to log ascent. Our mission was to increase women’s participation in endurance sport,

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Black Girls Do Run UK: We’re just trying to be active, healthy and have fun!

Tasha Thompson, 43, from London is the founder of Black Girls Do Run UK. Last year, she set up the online community to inspire black women to run for their health, fitness and mental wellbeing. Tasha started running 21 years ago, she started out in the gym on the treadmills and made the switch to running outdoors and entering races and she hasn’t looked back. We wanted to find out why there aren’t many BAME women running and how we can promote diversity in the running world. Have you noticed an increased number of black females taking part in races?

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5 ways trail running can boost mental well being

During lockdown, more and more people have taken up running and discovered the huge benefits of getting out on the trails as they seek to find open, green spaces Being able to lace up our trainers and head out for a run has been a blessing for many of us, especially during the coronavirus lockdown. Small wonder that this has led to a huge increase in the number of people who have taken up running with Sports Direct reporting a 218% increase in the sale of running shoes. And it’s not just road running but trail running too with more

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News Release: Girls Run the World V Ultra Alps 2020: Increasing diversity on the trails with Salomon

In August, Girls Run the World kick off their month long trail running challenge in association with Salomon Running to help increase women’s participation in trail and ultra running and boost diversity While more women are running than ever, participation in trail running lags behind. Worry about getting lost, safety, and even not realising that running on trails is an option are just some of the many reasons. At the 2019 Ultra Trail de Mont Blanc for instance, 11% of the 2200 runners were women. And when it comes to the numbers of women of colour, the figures are practically

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Consistency over intensity is the key to success

Jane Hansom, now 51, was a wine-swilling, smoker when she first took up running a little over a decade ago. Read how she became a sub 3 hour marathon runner and a championship Ironman triathlete all while working full time in her marketing agency I started running 12 years ago, only because one of my clients, Sony Playstation had five golden bond places for the London marathon. I was three stone heavier and looking after clients, in the advertising industry and going out and partying too much. I was so unfit. Bu they insisted that I run the marathon and

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News Release: Who are the fastest women in the UK?

On 30th May, we challenged over 1800 women to race for Team North or South over 5km and see who was the fastest… For thirty days, 1766 women challenged themselves to improve their running technique, efficiency and speed over 5km with the Girls Run the World 30 Day Race Shape Challenge (usually £50, it was free during Covid to help raise money for Refuge). A further 89 women signed up for the final showdown, Queens of Speed North vs South virtual 5k challenge on 30th May. 40.2% ran for Team North, 59.8% for Team South. And the winners were… Team South, with an

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