The use of water bottles has become the main focus of sustainability in running. The familiar sight of thousands of discarded plastic bottles strewn across a road, used for only a matter of seconds each, has evolved into a very uncomfortable image for organisers and participants alike.
I'm not a big parkrun tourist, compared to some, but I've added a couple of new ones in August. Like all parkruns they were unique. The first, an inaugural, was scenic with lochside (aka lakeside) views and woodlands trails; flat too. That plus a festive first time atmosphere meant 10/10.
For most people, taking on a marathon a year is challenge enough. Not for Mark Calder. The Aberdeenshire-based runner is over two-thirds of the way through the challenge of running 14 pilgrimage routes across Scotland and the North of England in 2019.
Why is that even at the end of a gruelling long-distance race, we are able to conjure up a final sprint finish? After enduring fatigue for miles on end, suddenly we can find a fresh surge when the finish line comes into sight?
Christine Appel used to think that if ever she had the slightest chance of winning a race, she'd give it everything: razor-sharp focus from the start and spewing up jelly babies at the finish line. Or so she thought...