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The 2016/17 Human Race Off-Road Series is all set to provide a chance to get down and dirty in the mud of the South East’s finest military training facilities. Three race venues are available and each will ensure that participants are tested to the limit in this top trail running and duathlon series.
Chris Thompson bounced back to top form at the Great South Run at Portsmouth on Sunday (23 October) to win a tactical battle of wits with Aldershot team mate Andy Vernon. Tirunesh Dibaba was a serene winner of the women’s 10 mile race and 40 people qualified for a free entry next year by finishing ahead of Olympic sixth placed race walker, Tom Bosworth, in the GSR 5K!
The England team that will compete against the other home countries at the upcoming Leeds Abbey Dash has been announced. Renowned for its extremely fast course, the Dash is one of the stand-out events in the northern calendar with upwards of 9,000 runners taking part each year.
The Cancer Research UK London Winter Run 10K on Sunday, 5 February, 2017 is already shaping up to be one of the capital’s biggest and brightest events. As part of the build up there is a very special opportunity to join the organising team and one of Britain’s brightest and most inspirational coaches for a presentation and run tomorrow evening (Wednesday, 26 October).
Rick Broadbent’s account of the remarkable feats of Czechoslovak long-distance runner Emil Zátopek has been shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award. Endurance: The Extraordinary Life and Times of Emil Zátopek, is one of seven titles in contention for what is the longest-running prize for sports writing.
The Race Organiser does what it says on the tin – organises races – but the Royal Parks Winter Series is just a bit special as the races are held in the glorious surroundings of some of London’s most iconic green lungs.
Weather conditions were challenging at the second Brighton and Hove 10 mile race on Sunday (16 October), with strong winds and heavy rain hampering preparations and holding down finishing times. However, that did not dampen the spirits of 1,800 runners who made a colourful sight on a miserable morning in the Sussex coastal resort.
Former GB international, English 5000m champion and sub-four-minute miler Mark Draper knows how to run a great race. Now, as a race director, he intends to use all his experience and energy to promote a superb race when the Bedford Half Marathon and Mini Miles come to town on Saturday 2 September 2017.
The energy, enthusiasm and good humour of 30 Run Leaders lifted an overcast day at the launch of England Athletics’ RunTogether brand in Kent earlier this month. runABC contributor and coach, Alan Newman, led a practical and theory session and Run Kent Activator, Lucy Tomlinson, received the England Athletics ‘Project of the Year Award’ - the fourth award gained by Run Kent since 2012.