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Read our latest blog articles for training advice, nutrition tips & inspirational stories!

Training Tips - "What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger " said Friedrich Nietzsche & our Coach Dave!

Posted on: 26 November 2020

As I write this the rain is pattering against my window.  Oh great!

I have a run scheduled for this afternoon and the weather forecast is rain all day…

Do I still go out?  Of course I do, I’m a runner!

For me the question has always been about “wh…

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Inspirational Stories - Beating Breast Cancer & living life to the full, by Sandra Barrett our Volunteer Co-ordinator.

Posted on: 09 November 2020

I’m Sandra I’ve been married to Pete for 36 years. We have 2 grown up children and a 3 year old grandson .

I’ve been running (plodding) since my late 20s but never entered any events as I didn’t feel I was a ‘proper’ runner. One evening in 2007 afte…

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Nutrition - How to burn fat by our Race Sponsor HIGH5 Sports Nutrition

Posted on: 06 November 2020

For lots of endurance sportsmen and women, lower levels of body fat equate to better performance. Andrew Hamilton explains the nuts and bolts of fat burning and how you can manipulate your training to burn more fat…

Introduction to fat burning

Alth…

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Inspirational Stories - How Running Transformed my Life, by Chris Hulse.

Posted on: 22 September 2020

Nearly 20 years ago Chris, the co-founder of Active Leisure Events - ironically referred to as ALE for short! 🍻 - was an enthusiastic drinker and seriously overweight. Here, he tells the story of how he turned his life around.

Throughout my younge…

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Training Tips - Have Fun with Fartlek by our Running Coach, Dave Taylor.

Posted on: 01 September 2020

I like fartlek.  Based on a Swedish term translated as “speed play” these sessions are a welcome alternative to the very structured interval sessions.  But just because they are informal doesn’t mean they can’t be a challenging workout!

Fartlek trai…

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Nutrition - Helping you achieve your goals by our Race Sponsor HIGH5 Sports Nutrition

Posted on: 01 September 2020

Here at HIGH5, we are committed to creating nutritious products with amazing natural flavours and we’re passionate about supporting you to achieve your goals – however big or small. Our aim is to deliver sports nutrition which helps you to enjoy your…

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Nutrition - Sports Nutrition For Runners by our Race Sponsor HIGH5 Sports Nutrition

Posted on: 01 September 2020

Sports Nutrition is all about maintaining energy levels and minimizing fatigue. Below HIGH5 have summarised their top tips to fuelling and hydrating your training sessions.

Why We Need Carbohydrate

Carbohydrate is the essential fuel your body needs…

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Training Tips - "Going Wild!" Why getting off the tarmac & exploring the great outdoors can improve your running & much more, by our running Coach, Dave Taylor.

Posted on: 11 August 2020

You can’t beat the great outdoors.  It’s just…great!

A run in the woods, hills, moors and fields ticks all the boxes and is a refreshing alternative to all that pavement pounding. 

If you are used to training on the roads then the first thing you n…

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Training Tips - "The only way you'll run faster is by running faster!" Interval sessions explained by our running Coach, Dave.

Posted on: 11 August 2020

It’s an inescapable fact of life, that the only way you’ll run faster is by running faster!

Luckily you can achieve this in manageable, bite-size chunks.

Basically, the objective of an interval/speed work session is to complete a series of runs at …

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Training Tips - "Hills are your friend!" Why you should include hills sessions in your training, by Dave Taylor, our resident Coach.

Posted on: 10 August 2020

A great man once said to me “Hills are your friend!”

It was a notable triathlete talking all those years ago when I made the transition from pure running into the multi-disciplinary sport. Whilst he meant this mainly in the context of cycling, it ce…

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Course Record

The route is renowned for being fast and largely flat – more than 70% of our runners achieve PBs!

Men

2:21:25
Marius Ionescu in 2014

Women

2:40:26
Julie Briscoe in 2013

2019 Marathon Results

Men
1st Tom Charles (Trafford AC) 2:29:29
2nd Tristan Windley (Keswick AC) 2:29:36
3rd Neil Renault 2:32:59
Women
1st Abbey van Dijk 3:01:51
2nd Johanna Sutcliffe (Halifax Harriers & AC) 3:04:59
3rd Camilla Hermsen (Harpenden Arrows) 3:05:11
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