Southern Running Guide News

28 Aug

Stars Join Great North Run Celebrations

Sting

Singer-songwriter, Sting, and entertainers Ant and Dec will join a stellar cast at the Great North Run Million opening ceremony on Thursday 4 September. The former Police frontman will perform ‘The Last Ship’, from his album and upcoming Broadway play of the same name - inspired by and drawn from his childhood growing up beside the Swan Hunter shipyard.

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26 Aug

Up And Running Shoe Amnesty

old pair of running shoes

Runners with a social conscience can take advantage of Up and Running's shoe amnesty until 14 September at one of 24 store collection points across the UK. The progressive specialist running retailer has teamed up with European Recycling Company (ERC) to encourage and motivate people to understand that a well-worn shoe doesn’t mean that it has come to the end of its use, and that shoes can live on and help many people throughout the world.

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26 Aug

Towering Test

Spinnaker Tower

Portsmouth’s Spinnaker Tower has launched the search for the fastest runner to conquer their 530 stairs. The race, to be held on Sunday 12 October, forms part of a World Federation of Great Tower series of stair runs. The series culminates in a grand finale at the Danube Tower in Vienna. Two runners – the top male and female competitor – from the Spinnaker Tower-thon will be flown to Vienna to take part, pitted against the other series’ winners.

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25 Aug

Nepal Calls For Francesca

Francesca and her family today

A poignant family connection is inspiring Francesca Eyre to undertake a dramatic Nepalese challenge. The 43-year-old, now based with her family in France, has lost a brother and sister to cystic fibrosis and is herself a carrier of the faulty gene. Carrying on a family tradition of fund raising Francesca will take part in the Manaslu Trail Race in November - running 220km, racing up to 5400m and climbing a further 15000m in a seven day period for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

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23 Aug

King Of The Ultra

William SichelWilliam Sichel’s performance at last month’s Sri Chinmoy Self-Transcendence Race in New York saw him run further in a single, measured race than any other UK athlete has ever done. We talk to him about how he prepared for the race and what it's like to run for 50 consecutive days.

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22 Aug

Absolute Beginners

Running Feet

A series of free running groups aimed at helping complete beginners get into regular exercise is being launched across Ealing in West London. ‘Run and Have Fun’ courses for up to 25 people will take place over eight weeks in Southall and Northolt from next month, followed later by Acton.

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21 Aug

What Moves Runners?

A group of American film makers have launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund a feature-length documentary that explores the inspiration and motivation modern cultures associate with running. What Moves You? is told from the point-of-view of runners from all walks of life and follows the stories of five very different runners in a quest to discover if they possess a similar intrinsic urge to run.

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