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December 2013

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News - In The Footsteps Of Paulo Di Canio

SHM Start LineOrganisers of the Nationwide Swindon half marathon are hoping for a high profile event in 2012 but are reconciled to the fact they won't be getting the same publicity they received last year. The 2011 race hit the headlines when Swindon Town manager Paolo Di Canio, who was the official starter, took the wrong turning - he was planning to complete the two mile fun run - and ended up running the gruelling 13.1 mile half marathon course.

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News - Fauja Career Continues

Fauja ParkrunAfter successfully completing the Virgin London Marathon in a record time, you would be forgiven for thinking Fauja Singh could sign out on a resounding high-note. Yet, even though the 101-year-old has announced the London event will be his last marathon, he has no intention of giving up his 'only passion'.

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Runtalk - Hoka Grows On You

Hoka BondiThe first time I headed out in Hoka One One's Bondi B model on an evening when I was feeling quite drained from a hard day at the office, I struggled. I'm a mid-weight runner, neutral, someone who likes a bit of cushioning to protect hips and knees, but on looking at the Hoka - 'I thought s'truth mate, these babies are a bit on the bulky side'. My colleague said they looked like snow boots. Anyway I had a sluggish run and decided to put it down to the shoe.

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Competition - Springtime Style with Brooks

Men's LSD Lite JacketWe are giving away a fantastic Brooks apparel package for men and women - the perfect way to spring into your training this season...

Brooks running apparel always looks the part with its colourful detailing and clever styling. The bonus is that it not only looks good, it works well too - meaning that you can concentrate on making the most of your training session.


To see the prizes on offer visit our competitions page where you can also enter!

Poll - The Barefoot Question

Poll ImageThe recent debate about "Barefoot Running" is a controversial one, with some runners now deeply committed to their minimalist shoes, others still prefer shoes that offer support and cushioning.

The majority of people still prefer to run in cushioned footwear, followed by people who are thinking about trying out a minamalist shoe, with committed barefoot runners in third place.

Let us know your thoughts on our polls page, or over on our facebook page

Race Listings

April Race Listings PageThis weekend's race results are now available online at

Check out the results and up and coming events on our race listing page here.

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

Current Issue - Spring Edition

Southern Running Guide Spring 2012 CoverThe 96-page spring issue of SOUTHERN RUNNING GUIDE is currently available.

This issue is packed with news, advice on improving your breathing technique, keeping your cupboards stocked with healthy food and our usual race listing and three month log-book.

We take a look at Adventure Running, and our regular race profile focuses on the Denbies 10 Mile. The spring issue also includes our fantastic equipment supplement and retailer listings as usual.

Find out where to pick up your FREE copy now!

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