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December 2013

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News - Strictly Come Running

Strictly DancersThe glamour of the ballroom comes to the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon this Sunday as Strictly Come Dancing stars, Natalie Lowe and Ian Waite, are to start this year's race. The dancers from the popular TV show will be sounding the horn and lowering the flag at 9.00am on Sunday morning, sending the 16,000 runners on their way along the 13.1 mile run through four of London's central Royal Parks.

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News - Woman Accidentally Wins Marathon

Merideth FitzmauriceA Canadian woman who entered a half marathon in Ontario ended up winning the full marathon after taking a wrong turn. Merdith Fitzmaurice was taking part in the Run for Heroes marathon/half marathon in Amherstburg as a test run before debuting at her first full marathon in Detroit.

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Runtalk - Czechin Out Prague

Prague MarathonAfter winning his marathon debut in Helsinki in 1952, Czech athlete Emil Zatopek said: 'If you want to run, run a mile. If you want to experience a different life, run a marathon.' 43 years later, his home city hosted the inaugural Prague marathon.

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Competition - Be Safe, Be Seen With Brooks

Nightlife 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!

New Poll - Music At Races, Your Views

Yurbuds runner with earphones inFollowing the controversy around the disqualifications at the recent Wetherby 10K we want to find out more about your views on running with headphones at races.

Do you think that running with headphones is plain dangerous and should not be permitted? Or should it be that if runners can agree to certain saftey precautions, they be allowed to wear headphones if they want?

Let us know what you do to help you recover over on our polls page!

Race Listings

Bournemouth Marathon PosterLast weekend's race results are now available online at Check out the results and upcoming events on our race listing page.

The inaugural Bournemouth Marathon Festival takes places this weekend. It includes a marathon, half marathon, 10k, 5k and junior races. The marathon begins in a tree-lined avenue within Bournemouth's Kings Park, taking in the trendy Southbourne area, the Stone Age settlement Hengistbury Head, cliff top views of the Isle of Wight, Boscombe Pier, Boscombe Chine Gardens, Poole Harbour and finishes at Lower Gardens.

Other notable races include Isle of Wight Marathon, Clarendon Half Marathon, and the Reading 020 10K.

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!

Current 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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