We runners know that our sport is more than just putting one foot in front of the other… These days there is a vast array of different gadgets, gizmos, equipment and kit that can help take our running to the next level, or at least make it an enjoyable and  fuss-free experience. I thought I would share in this blog post 10 essential things that I can’t do without as a runner! 1. Asics Cumulus Shoes Having been a runner for a good number of years, I have tried various different running shoe brands. The one that really feels like it was made with my feet in…

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In case you didn’t know, Veganuary is a charity, inspiring people to try vegan for January and throughout the rest of the year. Veganism as a lifestyle trend is attracting a lot of attention here in the UK – in comparison with 59,000 people signing up for this challenge last year, this year the numbers are well over 160,000 at the time of writing this article. Terri Walsh, who is a world champion in pole, is one of Veganuary’s ambassadors in 2018 I have been very interested in adopting a plant-based lifestyle for a while but without committing to be…

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My Hubby and I spent Christmas and New Year with our friends Tobias and Rayanna in Germany, in a charming little town called Dettingen unter Teck, near Stuttgart. They are one of our best friends and needless to say, we could not wait to see them again! The week we spent together was a happy and very relaxing reunion, and at the same time, an interesting experience living under the same roof with a toddler and a baby! One of the highlights of our holiday was joining the 36th annual Silvesterlauf in the neighbouring town, Kirchheim. This free ‘fun run’…

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Having been inspired by some of the talks at the VegFest event this October, I have started experimenting with a more plant-based lifestyle – I figured I had nothing to lose and this could be an interesting experience, if nothing else. In fact, I have just signed up for the Veganuary challenge for January next year, whereby I will attempt to go vegan for a full month, cutting out all animal foods. Eek. The truth is, after VegFest, I have started making a conscious effort to reduce the amount of animal foods in my diet and substitute them with plant…

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One evening, on my way home from work on the train, I was reading the latest issue of the Runners World Magazine. An article caught my eye in the race reviews section about a scenic winter cross-country race, on the borders of Oxfordshire and Berkshire – the Mapledurham 10 by My Sporting Times Events. I remember almost instantly feeling an itch to sign up for this race, despite the course profile promising to be quite tough and most likely to be a mud-fest (not something that usually deters me…). I found out that this race is part of a special…

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