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Running is so popular now and continuing to grow. Every runner needs support to stay injury free, eat well, train well and maximise potential. Runners search for solutions and ideas and often don’t find what they are looking for, especially when it comes down to specialist support, help and injury prevention. There is a lot of general advice on the net but little highly specialised help by experienced athletes. This site focuses specifically on running and all the associated health related issues to the sport with a range of specialist topics that is available to members at a later stage.

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Life Goes Quickly, Prioritise Happiness

The end of yet another year. Christmas is here and a New Year dawns. I can't believe how fast time goes. Our lives are so busy that time just seems to pass by more quickly each year. But so do events – planned and otherwise – happy and tragic! I don't know about you,...

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Biomechanics

An Introduction to Running Biomechanics

An Introduction to Running Biomechanics Biomechanics is one of those words that will either interest you or switch you off straight away. There are many definitions as to what biomechanics means in the scientific community. But if we drop the fancy terminology and...

What are orthotics, and how can they help me?

What are orthotics and how do they work? In-shoe orthotic devices (sometimes called orthoses) are specialist insoles that fit inside the shoes to help support your feet and posture when you need it. They are generally dispensed to you after an individual assessment...

What is a biomechanical assessment? and can it help me?

What is a biomechanical assessment? A biomechanical assessment is a clinical assessment carried out by a suitably qualified practitioner who will assess you holistically for dysfunction in your posture. Many overuse injuries within your musculoskeletal system (muscle,...

Injury Prevention

How Would Glucosamine work for you?

Many of us have heard of, and indeed already take glucosamine as a supplement. I am certainly a fan and have been taking it for many years. Whether it’s been the reason why I’ve been running for over 40-years – who knows! However, something is working. So, what is...

How To Get Rid Of Knee Pain, In Runners

Knee pain is one of the most common overuse injuries in sport. The incidence of lower extremity running injuries ranged from 19.4% to 79.3%. It is not uncommon to injury either one or both knees during running, especially when you start out until your joints and...

Strength & Conditioning Training For Runners, at Home

Strength and conditioning should be a stable part of any runners training program, but for some runners, the thought of doing something other than running is out of character. ‘What, there's more to training than running'? YES!!! Supplementing your running with some...

Foam Rolling, For Runners

Foam rolling or self-myofascial relief is a cheap, comfortable, and effective way to self-massage, releasing tightness and knots in the muscles. Rolling out regularly will improve your flexibility and promotes recovery. They come in all shapes, colours, density and...

Mind Clinic

Life Goes Quickly, Prioritise Happiness

The end of yet another year. Christmas is here and a New Year dawns. I can't believe how fast time goes. Our lives are so busy that time just seems to pass by more quickly each year. But so do events – planned and otherwise – happy and tragic! I don't know about you,...

Program Your Mind For Success, With Mindfulness.

Success does not always come by chance. You have to plan for it most of the time. When you were a child, it just happened to you as a consequence of your actions. A child's face when they receive an unexpected award or certificate of achievement is so delightful as it...

How To Be Happy, and Increase Your Happiness Chemicals

If you can increase the production of dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin and opiate endorphins in your body on a regular basis by using a few easy natural changes in your life, then you will feel happier, more positive and fulfilled in your daily life. Exercise on a...

Nutrition

Runners! Exposing your limbs is vital for vitamin D production

By Clifton Bradeley With Spring in the air and increasing hours of daylight – runners are more inclined to expose their limbs to natural sunlight while running. This feeling of freedom is so good while running, but also has the essential benefit of producing vitamin D...

How Would Glucosamine work for you?

Many of us have heard of, and indeed already take glucosamine as a supplement. I am certainly a fan and have been taking it for many years. Whether it’s been the reason why I’ve been running for over 40-years – who knows! However, something is working. So, what is...

High Quality Omega-3 From Wild Alaskan Cod.

I’ve been asked by the agent of one of my premiership footballer clients to find the best source of Omega-3 fish oil to supply to some of the world’s greatest footballers. This is what I recommended. My search leads me to what I believe is the best source of Omega-3...

Goji Berries Benefits

Since I discovered goji berries, (wolfberries) a while back, I’ve been eating them daily ever since. I take them to work in a cool bag along with other superfoods and leave them on my desk to nibble during the day. I’ve even offered them to my clients during...

Manuka Honey, Benefits

Why are so many people talking about Manuka honey's and what is it? Since I started my quest to investigate the so-called ‘superfoods' for the benefit of my own health and fitness and that of my clients, I have heard about Manuka honey, and it's "amazing" health...

Baking Soda, Could This Be Your Secret Ingredient?

Buying recovery shakes, powders, gels and drinks can be expensive, but not all supplements have to be. If you are looking for a cheap way to improve your running performance, then taking a few minutes to read this article is certainly within your interest. What are...

Running Shoe Clinic

Running Shoe Advice, For Beginners

Trying to find the perfect running shoe for your needs can leave you feeling bewildered and confused especially when you see so many different types, features and manufacturers. Combine this with a raft of different categories, and it is no wonder that runners are...

Running Technique

Matt Clowes to Challenge the Long-standing Cheddleton 10k Record

Record Attempt On Saturday 24 November, elite athlete Matt Clowes will attempt to break the long-standing course record of 30:42 at the Cheddleton 10K. The 31-year old record was set by Clifton Bradeley in 1987. Many before Matt have attempted to break Clifton’s...

Compression Socks, For Running

Compression garments have been around for some time, but it is only recently that runners have been sporting them for performance and recovery purposes as socks. The tightly fitted knee-high sock compress veins, arteries and muscles on the surface of your legs so that...

Energy Gels, For Instant Fuel

Need an extra energy boost while running? Well, running gels are the go-to option for any runner that needs refuelling during their run. They are light and easy to carry in a running belt or tucked along the top of your shorts for easy access. Gels are easy to use,...

Running Belts, Why Use One

We all know how irritating it can be to have to carry things in our hands while running. These include mobile phones, energy sachets, keys, water bottles etc. The advent of running belts worn around the waist has made all this so much easier. They come in various...

Training Clinic

What are Tempo Runs, and How Can They help Me?

If you are a more serious runner and want to improve your speed and stamina, then you have probably heard of the phrase ‘Tempo Run’. The mere mention of it can send shivers down the spine of runners who have them as part of their weekly training schedule. The biggest...

How do I do fartlek training? by top coach John Danahay

FARTLEK IS UNSTRUCTURED FAST AND SLOW RUNNING Even though I am no longer a competitive runner I still love a good fartlek. Basically, this means I want to do something a bit more intensive to test myself compared to my usual easy and steady runs, but at my own pace...

Hill Training For Runners

Many of you will like the idea of running up hills, and some of you won't because it's demanding work. You look ahead and see a big climb ahead, and you start to question how you’re ever going to make it to the top. You know your heart, lungs and muscles will be...

How To Use VO2 Max, In Running

I guess that lots of you have stumbled across V02 Max testing before, but not many of you will have experienced one before. V02 Max testing is one of the most common tests performed to determine the maximal amount of oxygen uptake or consumption a person can consume...

Running Errors

Post-Run Recovery Tips

There's no better feeling than finishing a hard run and bring pleased with your efforts. Especially in the Winter, with the cold dark nights closing in on us. It would be understandable and tempting just to kick back and relax after your run with no post-training...

Case Studies

Minda Critchlow, Case Study

Case Study Name: Minda Critchlow,  Age: 37,  Years Running: 4 Best Performance(s): Best 5k - 27:15 Best 10k - 1:03 Half Marathon - 2:17 How did you start running? In 2011, our first baby was born and was soon followed by our second, just 15 months later. Pregnancy was...

Kate Holt, Case Study

Case Study Name: Kate Holt,  Age: 26,  Years Running: 14 800m: 2.07, 1500m: 4.14, 3000m: 9.21, 5000m: 16.03, 5K Road: 16.11, 5 Mile: 27.37. Best Performance(s): Track: ESAA English Schools Track: Junior: 1500m Champion 2006 & 2007 SIAB Schools International...

Clifton Bradeley, Case Study

Case Study Name: Clifton Bradeley,    Age: 54,    Years Running: 47 Best Performance(s): All-England School intermediate 1500m champion 1981 All-England School senior 1500m champion 1984 (Record still stands) All-England School senior X-country champion 1984 AAA...

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