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2 July 2014

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News - PM Recognises Running Charity Founder

James GilleyJames Gilley, the founder of charity Social Purpose and Time (SPAT) - a running club with a difference - has been recognised by Prime Minister David Cameron.  The 24-year-old from South London set-up SPAT following the death of a homeless friend after a heroin overdose.  James (pictured) decided that he wanted to help others in similar situations and, as a keen runner, he decided that keeping fit could have real benefits for vulnerable young people.

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News - Record Field At Torbay


A record field took to the streets for the Torbay Half Marathon on Sunday 29 June. There were 1730 finishers in warm conditions which perhaps suited spectators more than runners.

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Runtalk - Having Eyes For You

Hazel McFarlane

For the sighted runner, the idea of running – much less racing – with a significant or total loss of vision is hard to grasp. We count on our eyesight to get us across the street safely, focus on the finish line and draw inspiration from the world around us. But for Hazel McFarlane, ultrarunner and president of Troon Tortoises, losing her sight completely was actually a bit of a relief.

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Poll - Holiday Running

Kids runningThis month we're asking how we can interest more people in running?

More junior races at big events? Further investment in schools? A major PR campaign highlighting health benefits?

Have your say on our polls page

Race Listings

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

Returning for its 16th year on Sunday is the NSPCC Milton Keynes Half Marathon which travels through some of the most scenic routes in Milton Keynes, and along the city's redways and the Grand Union Canal.

Also on Sunday is the 15th Bewl 15. Voted one of the top 100 races in the country, the race is run largely off-road on gently undulating hills around Bewl Water - nestling on the border of Sussex and Kent.

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 - Summer Edition

Southern Sumer 2014 CoverThe summer issue of SOUTHERN RUNNING GUIDE is now available at all our usual outlets!

Pick up your copy to enjoy an interview with brothers and Commonwealth hopefuls Callum and Derek Hawkins. We also speak to Shona Thomson – she has run a marathon on every continent, most recently venturing to the North Pole! You can also expect all your usual favourites such as our Running Log and extensive Race Listing.

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