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My marathon challenge for sports and education charity

On the grounds of ‘you have to practice what you preach’ I am training for this year’s Virgin London Marathon in October. It’s a distance you must respect, which is probably why it will only be my second – more than 20 years after the first! I am now a very average 50-something runner, so...

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Whatever your pace, give parkrun a go

There’s been a running boom during lockdown and the return of parkrun later this summer will provide many with the perfect way to celebrate the easing of Covid restrictions. Parkrun started life in 2004 when 13 runners got together in Bushy Park, Middlesex. There are now more than 1,000 events around the world including here...

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2021 will deliver a feast of sport . . . eventually

You might want to see a trailer before buying a 2021 calendar but as far as sport goes we can (hopefully) look forward to some top class action in the second half of the year. The postponed Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, Euro 2020 and Ryder Cup top the bill but there’s also a Lions...

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Get outside and take a hike

As we mix and socialise less we’re likely to spend more time indoors but that’s not great for our physical or mental health. A great way to counter this is to get outside and take a hike as a family or with friends. It’s easy to socially distance and abide by the Rule of Six...

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Kickstart your journey to better health

If 2020 has taught us anything it’s to be more honest with ourselves about our own general health. But the good news is there has never been a better time to get and feel fitter. Gaining weight doesn’t happen overnight, it’s a gradual process, a result of modern-day life and the odd unhealthy habit. And...

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Making exercise part of your home routine

Like it or not our lives have changed forever and many of us will inevitably be at home more and/or working from home. This can mean extra free time and family time with no commute but there are pitfalls to the ‘new normal’, too. Research has shown that excessive sitting is bad for our health,...

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Cross-train to achieve your sporting goals

Whatever your sport or training goals mixing it up with different activities can pay dividends in terms of overall fitness, strength, speed and endurance. My life has always been full of running but age and injury have a habit of catching up with you sooner or later, so rather belatedly I’m discovering the benefits of...

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Easy ways to get your daily boost

Modern life is fast paced but that doesn’t mean we are moving more. In fact the electronic revolution means we are less physically active than previous generations. Like it or not we sleep less and walk less, sit more and spend more time indoors, with lack of exercise putting one in four adults at risk...

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Sporty gift ideas for you and yours

There’s nothing wrong with a little overindulgence at Christmas but how about a spot of sport and fitness for balance and a happy and healthier new year? Here are a few ideas to inspire you and the sporty people in your life. Tickets – It’s hard to beat a festive football or rugby match. Leicester...

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Your first 10K in three steps

Couch to 5K – tick. Parkrun – tick. What comes next? Your first 10K. It’s the UK’s most popular race distance for both recreational and seasoned runners alike but if you are new to it, how do you get there? Here is our three-step guide. 1 Build up slowly. If you can run a 5K...

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My marathon challenge for sports and education charity

On the grounds of ‘you have to practice what you preach’ I am training...

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