My marathon journey: from stroke to finish line

Lou Read, 36, a lawyer and mum of two, from Notts was a sub 20 minute Parkrun runner until she suffered a stroke last October which left her unable to walk or even talk. Almost a year on from the anniversary of her stoke, she shares the first of her monthly blog posts for Girls Run the World, charting her training and return to the London Marathon in April 2020.  The marathon and I have unfinished business. After dropping from a time of 3hrs, 26minutes to 3hours, 13minutes between 2016 and 2017, I gave training for the London Marathon 2018

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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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What to do if you didn’t get a London Marathon ballot entry

Have you been disappointed in not getting an entry to the 2020 London marathon for the first/fifth/tenth time? If you want to increase your chances of getting into London 2021 WITHOUT having to enter the ballot or get a charity place, read on our advice about how to go about it… Get a good for age marathon place WAIT! Before you dismiss this out of hand as ludicrous, reflect on this; one of our coaches here, Tara, ran her first marathon at 4 hours 48 minutes, no where near a good for age place.  She also had no history of

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

With a half marathon that also affords a fabulous sunny weekend away in Porto, renowned for port wine, excellent wine bars on rooftops, delicious seafood and slow strolls through cobbled streets what more could you want? Whether you’re looking for a fast race or simply the chance to explore, the Porto half caters for all, with well regulated start pens – and you can even get a shower at the end. For more details visit Hyundai Porto Half Marathon . For information about Porto, visit Porto and the North website.    Ston Wall Marathon Quite afford to fly to China for

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Knee pain explained – and three ways to train your way out of pain

Knee pain can take many women out of action, from beginners to seasoned female athletes. Here’s what causes it and what you can do to prevent – or recover from it…. All too often, we push through knee pain, pushing it away thinking that it will go away or that the pain is just in our head. But when it turns into a persistent, dull nagging ache, sharp pain or even feels like ground glass under the kneecap, you know that the situation is going to need more than just taking ibuprofen.  Here we explain the mechanisms behind knee pain and

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