Vitality: The health insurer turning running into a reserve for the rich

‘Running is the most accessible, and the cheapest, organised sport.’ That was the claim of former world-class runner turned scholar Roger Robinson back in 2013. But the running that Robinson was talking about is not one I have come to know since taking up the sport in 2008. Since completing the Beachy Head Marathon last month I have looked to set myself new targets for Read More →

Beachy Head Marathon 2016 – Make yourself uncomfortable

In 2016, I have dedicated over 200 hours of my time to running. Add the countless hours of foam rolling, strength training, travelling to races, travelling to training and it quickly becomes apparent that running takes up a large part of my free time. The best way to measure the results of all of this training is to run the same race every year and hope Read More →

The secrets of Peru’s running tribe

Anyone familiar with running is probably aware of Chris McDougall’s famous ‘Born To Run’ book. It is credited with sparking a paradigm shift in the way people think about our capabilities. Although the trend of barefoot running appears to be on the wane, it is safe to say that the book inspired millions to throw away their padded running shoes for good. The reason for this Read More →

Vivobarefoot Motus: 100 mile review

Vivobarefoot have a problem. It is nothing to do with the way they make shoes. They have been at the forefront of the barefoot running movement since 2004 and have become quite the shoemaker in the preceding 11 years. The company are committed to producing nothing but pure barefoot shoes. In a nutshell, it requires a thin sole, a wide toe-box and a zero heel-to-toe Read More →

Strava can take the blame for amateur EPO boom

EPO – the miracle drug that has helped so many cancer patients survive chemotherapy. Unfortunately, it’s legacy is already sealed as the perpetrator for sport’s biggest fraud. Endurance athletes love EPO. It stimulates the body to create fresh blood cells, which help deliver more oxygen to the muscles. That is a pretty handy thing to have if you’re trying to pedal up a 15% gradient Read More →

The real reason Vibram were sued for their FiveFingers

News that Vibram had agreed to settle a lawsuit accusing them of making unsubstantiated claims about the benefits of wearing their Fivefinger shoes was greeted by shod runners as if Christmas had come early. This, supposedly, was justification for their argument that humans actually can’t reduce the risk of injury by wearing so called ‘barefoot shoes’ but must instead seek support, structure and cushioning. But Read More →

Why counting miles can harm your running

10 miles-a-week, 20 miles-a-week, 100-miles-a-week. No matter how much running you do or how fast you do it, the vast majority of runners measure their training by how many miles they complete on a weekly basis. It is understandable why counting miles is more attractive than counting hours and minutes; miles run sounds more impressive than hours run for, and we all like to make Read More →

Pacers let Mo Farah down on London Marathon debut

Mo Farah struggled to make an impact on his marathon debut in London, finishing almost four minutes behind winner Wilson Kipsang. Farah got off to a slow start, running the first 5km in 14:48, 26 seconds behind the lead group, paced by running legend Haile Gebrselassie. The pacemakers in Farah’s group were going slower than expected, leaving Farah almost one minute behind after 10km. By the Read More →

Mo Farah risks reputation at London Marathon

If you want to get an idea of the level of expectation surrounding Mo Farah one hour before his London Marathon debut, you need look no further than the current odds for the elite men’s race. Farah’s adoring public will come out in their hundreds of thousands this morning with the hope that they will catch a glimpse of the running legend winning another major Read More →

Silva North Downs Night 10k – race report

Despite being a fully grown man, upon hearing about my latest race my mother always takes the chance to tell me to “be careful”. Usually, this precaution slips through one ear and out of the other, but on this occasion I knew I would have to heed her advice. That is because, for the first time, I was entering the realm of nighttime trail running. Read More →