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End of an era

End of an era

  Sweatshop Running Community, Castleford Well, today saw the end of an era. In 2013, I started running regularly with lots of people who wore yellow. That yellow meant a lot.   Back then it meant community – making friends and lifelong memories. It meant togetherness – who remembers Altogether …

Cold running

How we can welcome new runners

When someone starts running, quite often they won’t think of themselves as a runner. They probably don’t have the running gear that runners often wear. They don’t know whether they will get into it yet so don’t invest in this new hobby they’re dipping their toe into. “I don’t know …

Believe in Yourself

You’re a runner? Really?!

“You’re a RUNNER? Really? What, like marathons and that?” Yes, these are questions I have been asked. Those questioning me at the time couldn’t believe it. They lacked belief. They couldn’t see it being true. They hadn’t experienced someone to achieve something unexpected. This isn’t their fault. I feel for …

Running achievements

2017 Running Achievements

2017 Running Achievements In a year where I thought I hadn’t achieved too much due to lack of running, I have surprised myself in certain areas. 514.25 miles (100 runs) in 2017 (1.41 miles/day) 9 races – 88.99 race miles – 4 medals 5 PBs – 9 miles (Norton 9), …

Running achievements

2016 Running Achievements

2016 Raised £400.50 for Laila Milly Foundation through organising and taking part in the Be A Winner In Winter challenge that 50 people took part as they set their running targets for January to March. Summary – Ran 601.19 miles (156 runs) in 2016. (1.64 miles/day) 12 races – 61.36 Race miles …

Pontefract parkrun

My 100 parkrun events

Christmas Day 2016 sees me run my 100th parkrun and I am so pleased that I found parkrun many months ago. It was the 14th April 2012 when I did my first ever parkrun. I went to Pontefract racecourse and I knew nobody there. I ran 5k in an organised …

Respect

Respect the distance

Respect the distance One thing I have learnt over the last few years running is that you need to respect the distance you are running. Too many people find certain races difficult because they haven’t trained well enough, or hard enough, or had time to train sufficiently. You cannot expect the best …