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December 2013

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New Competition - Be Safe, Be Seen With Brooks

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southernrunningguide.com has teamed up with Brooks to give you the chance to win one of two fantastic high viz. running packages.

Using the principles of biomotion, Brooks have learned that strategically placing contrast fabrics, retroreflective detail and active lighting can heavily increase not just visibility but also recognition...

To find out more, and to enter, visit our competition page. Good luck!

News - Mo To Kick Off Great North

Mo FarahMo Farah has been named as the honorary starter for the Bupa Great North Run weekend. Farah, set to make his debut at the half marathon event, will be charged with giving 1,500 runners their starting orders (and occasional high fives) for the Great North 5k on Saturday 15 September.

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News - Ready Eddie? Izzard Takes On parkrun

Eddie IzzardComedian and regular runner, Eddie Izzard, took part in his first parkrun last weekend (17 Aug), completing the 5k course at Central Park, Chelmsford, Essex in an impressive 25min 10sec (faster than the average course time). Eddie was attending as the patron of Join In - a scheme which aims to encourage people to help out at sports clubs and community groups around the UK.

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Runtalk - Races To Do Before You Die

Athens MarathonSharing and comparing your race CV is one of the common conversations I fall into with fellow runners. It seems to me that most people who run regularly have their own little checklist of races they would like to do before they die. I am no different.

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Poll - What Is the Biggest Hazard When Running?

Forfar Multi-Terrain Road RunnersThis month's poll ends on Saturday, and the results have been truly fascinating!

Daft Dogs are rated the least desirable obstacles when out running with 29.3% saying they try to avoid them! Potholed Pavements come in second, with 25% avoiding, and Dangerous Drivers come in third with 17.4%.

Let us know what you think about the most hazardous aspect of running over on our polls page!

Race Listings

Kent Coastal Marathon RunnersLast weekend's race results are now available online at southernrunningguide.com. Check out the results and upcoming events on our race listing page.

This weekend's Kent Coastal marathon and half marathon can certainly claim to offer participants a 'picturesque' course, with the race taking place in Margate - one-time home and inspiration for several of landscape painter J.M.W. Turner's works. The race starts with a loop around Palm Bay before following a largely coastal route through Broadstairs towards Ramsgate, heading back to complete the half marathon at Cliftonville. Marathon runners will continue through Margate, along the coast, before turning at Minnis Bay and heading back to finish at Palm Bay School.

Less likely to inspire works of art, Cambridge plays host to the Spartan Race on Sunday with runners looking to prove their mettle at the obstacle-strewn 5k+ course.

Don't forget that you can also add your race's details to our event listings by signing up. Good luck to everyone racing over the coming week!

New Issue - Autumn Edition

Southern Autumn CoverThe new 96-page aumtumn issue of SOUTHERN RUNNING GUIDE is now available at all our usual outlets!

This edition features a great insight into top food and running bloggers, Veggie Runners, intervals made easy and Apps to get you on the move.

Make sure you get your copy and let us know what you think on Facebook!

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