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RUNNERS' TREATS No we’re not talking about runners’ feet! Cheers! Beer Can Rehydrate Raise a glass - Beer in moderation and diluted or consumed with water can help post-exercise hydration, research has shown. 10 Reasons To Run The Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run Celebrity DJs, an iconic startline and motorway running. Find out why you should be part of the Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run on Sunday 20 May. Get 5k Ready In Just 5 Weeks This Winter If you’re looking to get a head start of the New Year resolutions then why not set yourself a 5k goal that will plough you through this December? The 12 Stages Of Running A Great Run Event The 12 days of Christmas start here. Time to enjoy all the food and drink… We wonder how many people can relate to the mental phases of running an event. Active Advent What better way to get you geared up for the festive season than feeling that little bit fitter ahead of the yummy rewards? Top Gifts for Runners This Christmas Writing your list to Mr Claus? Here's some of our top runners picks. Six Reasons To Run On Christmas Day Six reasons to prove why your Christmas Day run could be one of the most enjoyable ones of the year Great Run's Guide To Winter Running To help kick back the Winter slump, we asked some of the staff at Great Run HQ what strategies keep them committed to their training. Best Christmas Songs To Run To The ideal Christmas tunes to accompany you on your winter run The Season Of Giving - Top Fundraisers In 2017 With the season of giving well and truly upon us, here is a list of some of the inspiring fundraisers who took part in the Great Run Series raising funds for amazing causes Get In The Festive Spirit At Great Run Local Here are the best of the festive fun runs on offer around the UK courtesy of Great Run Local. Top Running Tips For Complete Beginners If you’ve been inspired to start running, we’re here to help the thought of running feel less daunting. Great Women of 2017 We've taken a look at some of the inspirational women who took part in our events in 2017. Great Kids Of 2017 Over 10,000 children were inspired to get active by taking on one of the Junior and Mini or Family events in the Great Run Series this year. 26.2 Highlights Of 2017 With 200,000 people crossing the finish line across 36 events in 2017, it’s been an unforgettable year for Great Run. Get the most out of training indoors this winter As the weather takes a turn for the worse, dark nights and cold mornings can become increasingly less inviting BLOW OFF THE COBWEBS! Check out our top tips to keep you running this Autumn Simplyhealth Great South Run: Your 10 Miles In Music Participants of the Simplyhealth Great South Run will be entertained on course by a total of 12 fantastic bands and cheer points during the world’s leading 10 mile running event on Sunday 22 October Run Mummy Run: Blogging To 10 Miles The Simplyhealth Great South Run has teamed up with women’s running network Run Mummy Run, where two of the group’s members will document their progress from beginner runner to conquering the world’s leading 10 mile running event. A Spectators' Guide To Birmingham If you're not running this weekend and plan on catching some of the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run and Birmingham International Marathon events, here's your essential guide to Birmingham's biggest weekend of running....ever! Power Up Your Porridge Two ways to keep your humble bowl of oats interesting 10 YEARS OF THE GREAT NORTH 10K From international athletics events to Olympic champions to Gurkha soldiers… we take a look at our 10 favourite memories and highlights of the North East’s biggest 10k running event. 10 Great South Run Hacks For 10 Miles With the Simplyhealth Great South Run almost upon us, over 20,000 runners will descend on Portsmouth on the weekend of 21-22 October for the world’s leading 10-mile running event. Colin McCourt's South 5k Challenge: 3 Weeks To Go Former athlete Colin McCourt is blogging about his challenge to run the Simplyhealth Great South 5k as part of a risky bet set by his mates to run a sub 16 minute 5k! Run Mummy Run: Blogging To 10 Miles The Simplyhealth Great South Run has teamed up with women’s running network Run Mummy Run, where two of the group’s members will document their progress from beginner runner to conquering the world’s leading 10 mile running event. 10 Reasons To Run A Great Marathon Ever wondered why so many sign up for a marathon? Here's some reasons why. My Great East Run Journey: Jeff Allum Jeff Allum is one of four beginner runners who have been supported by event organisers and Ipswich JAFFA running club to go from novice to half marathon runner by taking on the Simplyhealth Great East Run My Great East Run Journey: Faith Archer Faith Archer is one of four beginner runners who have been supported by event organisers and Ipswich JAFFA running club to go from novice to half marathon runner by taking on the Simplyhealth Great East Run My Great East Run Journey: Tony Holland Tony Holland is one of four beginner runners who have been supported by event organisers and Ipswich JAFFA running club to go from novice to half marathon runner by taking on the Simplyhealth Great East Run My Great East Run Journey: Sara Spreadbridge Sara Spreadbridge is one of four beginner runners who were supported by event organisers and Ipswich JAFFA running club to go from novice to half marathon runner by taking on the Simplyhealth Great East Run. 13.1 Things You'll Know If You Run The Great East Run If you're taking part in the Simplyhealth Great East Run on Sunday 24 September, here are some of the wonderful moments you can look forward to on your way around the course. 10 Hacks Ahead Of The Simplyhealth Great East Run Here are 10 essential hints and tips to get you through the Simplyhealth Great East Run on Sunday 24 September fuss-free. Carb Up With Barilla Prawn spaghetti with tomato, rocket, lemon and basil Liz Excited By Return Of Stirling Scottish Marathon Great Run Marathon Ambassador Liz McColgan is looking forward to next year's Stirling Scottish Marathon 5 Teams To Watch At The Junior And Mini Great North Run Here are five teams to give a high-five to on the Simplyhealth Junior and Mini Great North Run course for this September: The People Behind Simplyhealth Great North Run Ever wondered who hands you that bottle of water? Or maybe who pours your post-run pint? We have been out and about in the North East meeting those who make the Great North Run so great. Check Your Calendar - Knowing When To Run Paralympian Darren Harris, from Sutton Coldfield, represented Great Britain in judo at Beijing 2008, and in football at London 2012 - and is taking on the inaugural Birmingham International Marathon in October. Here, he shares his hints and tips for Olympian Andy Vernon's Training Tips Andy Vernon, GB Olympic athlete and ambassador for the Simplyhealth Great East Run hands out some last minute advice ahead of the half marathon on Sunday, 24 September Marathon Advice: The Do's and Don'ts First ever marathon? Here’s some words of advice, from the runners themselves. Colin McCourt's South 5k Challenge: Shaping Up Former athlete Colin McCourt will be blogging regularly about his challenge to run the Simplyhealth Great South 5k as part of a risky bet set by his mates to run a sub 16 minute 5k! Half Marathon Challenge Runners' Training In Full Swing Five runners from Suffolk were offered the chance to go from beginner runners to taking on their first ever half marathon at the Simplyhealth Great East Run Great Places To Run In And Around Aberdeen Aberdeen’s parks and paths, its magnificent beach and the extensive network of forests around its boundary offer some fantastic places to train for the Simplyhealth Great Aberdeen Run. Top 10 Tips For Summer Running Hello June. Hello sunshine. Hello heat! Here's some tips to keep you running over the summer. Health Advice Ahead of Your Great Run For a fit, happy and healthy run please make sure you read our advice ahead of your challenge. Running Saved My Life Mark Watson, ex-soldier and PTSD sufferer tells us his story as he approaches his Simplyhealth Great Newham London Run challenge Is Running Socially Contagious? Running even when the weather is chucking it down, just because your friend said they were going? Nothing wrong with some healthy competition. 300 Not Out June Sinnott is going further after being helped by many Great Run Local appearances Running at 70 Hazel Williams looks back on her Simplyhealth Great Birmingham 10k experience The Ultimate Great Bristol 10k Prep List Bristol fitness blogger Rachael Power takes us through her tips for the ultimate Simplyhealth Great Bristol 10k prep list The Food Rules You Can Break Here's some of the foods you can indulge in if you're burning off the calories running. 6 Benefits Of Running Ever wondered why so many people run? Here are some amazing benefits for your health. 10 Reasons To Choose Running Fun, free and good for you. Fuel Up With Dark Chocolate Did someone say chocolate was good for runners? How To Avoid A Stitch They're harmless and they're temporary. But they hurt. Here's how to avoid those nasty stitches. 6 Ways To Fit Training Around Work Worried about fitting your running in? We're here to help. Should You Train With A Cold? We answer the tricky question every athlete has to ask themselves at least once or twice a year How To Compete Without Meat Anita Bean on how a veggie diet can help boost performance. Mum's The Word Make your runner Mum feel loved this Mother's Day. WHY YOU RUN BETTER TOGETHER It's time to get out there running, together. 50k Twitter Follower Giveaway We've hit the big 50K on Twitter. Head to @Great_Run for an exclusive giveaway. On Your Barks. Get Set. Go! How bringing your canine friends along while training can help and hinder your run Four Less Well-Known But Scenic Bristol Running Routes Top spots to spice up your training Flat As A Pancake Great Runs Read about four flipping marvellous routes that are perfect for achieving your own personal best One word: pancakes That day has finally come where you rush to your local supermarket after work because you remembered there’s no flour or eggs in the cupboard. Boost your brain power Exams looming? Or revising for an upcoming test? Going for a run could help boost your mind. Can Milk Help With Recovery From Injury? If you're nursing a recent injury, milk could be the answer. Why Running Together is Great Dan Wallis and Hillory Davis made history at the Simplyhealth Great Edinburgh Run after they became the first couple to finish as 1st male and 1st female at the event. They speak about why running together is great. Wedding Bells at 2016 Simplyhealth Great South Run The 2016 Simplyhealth Great South Run had a runaway bride and groom in the white wave who had tied the knot just days before the event. Wedding Bells Draw Near For Running Couple When runner Andy Forbes proposed to his partner Becky Cunningham on the finish line of last year’s Great Birmingham Run, their story made waves all around the world Wave Goodbye To Monday Blues Monday. One word that can instantly strike fear. But, we’re here to help you embrace the first day of the week. There's Nor Other Way To Save Your Hamstrings The Nordic curl is billed as the ultimate hamstring saviour, but is its reputation deserved? Peta Bee finds out SOUP UP YOUR TRAINING A bowl of soup is nourishing, can stoke up your immune defences and aid recovery from training, writes Peta Bee 5 Ways To Do A Push-Up If there's one conditioning exercise you should be doing, it's the push-up 12 Greatest Moments - 2016 Looking back on some of the best moments of 2016 Quick And Easy Circuit Training - Keeping It Simple Circuit training in less time than it takes to cook dinner? Look no further SIX WAYS TO ADD HILLS TO YOUR TRAINING Why you should run up (and down!) hills RUNDAY BEST A look at our top fancy dress runners of 2016 The Great Run Guide To Winter Running Presenting a comprehensive guide on how to keep on running right through the winter, with hints and tips from our expert staff Weight Before You Run What's more effective - a pre or post run weights session? Smash Your Winter Training Christmas will soon be upon us and for many of us that often means training and diets go out of the window, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Here are some tips for training around the festive season. WOMEN: TIME YOUR TRAINING CYCLES Planning strength exercise according to the menstrual cycle could be advantageous for female athletes PLAN YOUR ULTIMATE TRAINING DIET Fuelling your body to train well on a daily basis is essential. Our View From A Great Run Finish Line It’s a special place, a Great Run finishing line - find out why here PERK UP WITH PORRIDGE Performance Benefits of Porridge What To Expect From The Stirling Scottish Marathon The Stirling Scottish Marathon kicks off the inaugural Great British Marathon Series in 2017 – here’s what to expect Cherries Can Aid Recovery Performance-enhancing properties Can there be any payback for such Olympian effort? Prolonged and intense training by athletes has come under fire by some scientists who claim it can cause irreparable damage to the heart. Coconut Oil Reduces Inflammation Every A-lister's food of the moment MILK TROUNCES WATER AS BEST REHYDRATION MEASURE We look at how and when you should drink during training. But what about when you finish? Win with Brittany Ferries and Great South Run! Check out this exclusive prize from Brittany Ferries 13 Reasons To Take On The Great Birmingham Run With the Great Birmingham Run half marathon around the corner, here are 13 reasons for taking part in the 13.1 mile event A SCENIC GUIDE TO THE GREAT SOUTH RUN COURSE A guide to the beautiful Great South Run course around scenic Portsmouth and Southsea, with not a hill in sight! Last Minute Tips for Great Bristol Half Marathon Bristol-based fitness blogger Rachael Power shares her last minute half marathon tips Running in the heat Bristol-based fitness blogger Rachael Power on half marathon training in the heat Choosing a Bristol Running Club With Great Bristol Half Marathon approaching, could joining a running club help with your pace? Strength Training Tips for Half Marathon Runners Bristol-based fitness blogger Rachael Power on why weights could help your running Training Advice From Mara Yamauchi – Keep Things Simple Mara Yamauchi is the second quickest female marathoner in history and when it comes to running, she certainly knows her stuff. Running Is Not Bad For The Knees Sick of being told that you're hurting your knees while running? Here's the proof that this ISN'T the case Face The Music Bryan Burnett says music is increasingly regarded as a potent performance enhancer by sport scientists. Is it music to your ears? #GreatSouthGrub Send us a picture of your favourite fuel to prepare you for a great run and you could be in with a chance of winning a pair of VIP entries into this year’s Great South Run! #MyGreatDad Celebrate your Dad this Father's Day for a chance to win! Make Great Newham London Run your 2016 Golden Moment With the Great Newham London Run a month away, here are ten reasons why you should make your run a Golden Moment GREAT NORTH 10K HILL NAMED SLOG ON THE TYNE! Richard Scrimshaw's Slog on the Tyne was chosen by Great Run's social media followers as the new name for the Great North 10k hill. What Makes The Great Manchester Run So Great? Blogger Asma Younus from jetsetchick.com talks about her experiences of the Great Manchester Run FAQs about the NEW Great Manchester Run Half Marathon Take on the new distance with us in 2017 NAME THE HILL ON THE GREAT NORTH 10K GATESHEAD COURSE Win the chance to see the infamous hill branded with your suggestion Be in our Great Newham London Run photoshoot We would love you and your family to join us in the former Olympic Stadium for a very special moment on Monday 9 May. Top Tips for the Great Bristol Family Mile Mel Bound of This Mum Runs shares her tips for the upcoming Great Bristol Family Mile Last Minute Training Tips for your Great Bristol 10k Rachael Power, our resident Bristol running blogger, shares her last minute training tips for Great Bristol 10k Crolla's Army Training Blog - Arrow On Target Russ Arrowsmith, one of Crolla's Army taking part in the Great Manchester Run, talks us through his story so far Crolla's Army - Training Blog Update Find out the latest from our Crolla's Army recruits 10 FUN FACTS ABOUT HARROGATE Great Yorkshire Run is moving to the beautiful spa town of Harrogate to celebrate its 10th anniversary. Top Places To Train Around Bristol Rachael Power, our resident Bristol running blogger, shares favourite places to run around the city #MyGreatMum Celebrate your Mum this Mother's Day to be in with a chance to win! Bristol 10k: How To Get Started - Part Two Rachael Power, our resident Bristol running blogger, shares Part Two of her 10k tips Bristol 10K: How to get started - Part One Bristol-based fitness blogger, Rachael Power, shares her tips on how to get run-ready for the Great Bristol 10K. Why We Love Running - Part Two The second part of our look at some of the reasons why you love running Five Reasons You Run Better When You Run Together Running with a partner is a great motivator and can help give you that extra push when you really need it most - but is that equally true if your running partner is also your partner in life? Why We Love Running - Part One With Valentine’s Day approaching, we take a look at some of the reasons why you love running #welovegreatrun It’s that time of year again, when you start to think about how much you appreciate the most special person in your life … that’s right – your running partner! How To Keep Your Resolutions - Part Two We’re back with five more tips for maintaining your 2016 running goals How To Keep Your Resolutions – Part One We’ve put together our top tips to help turn your running resolutions into being part of your everyday lifestyle 10k Training Tips Great Run official athlete Jonny Mellor and creator of our 10k training plans shares his top 10k training tips Pure Gym Great Edinburgh Winter Run 2016 Review A review by Adam Pollock 10 tips to get you running this January Taking your first step outdoors in January can be tough. To make the process a little easier and to help you prepare, we’ve put together our 10 tips to get you running this January. TENDONS, HAIR BANDS AND THAT WINNING GREAT RUN FEELING! Chris Thompson shares his thoughts on his victory at the 2015 Morrisons Great Birmingham Run. ON YOUR MARKS FOR THE GREAT BIRMINGHAM BUN! You’ve heard of the Chelsea Bun, Bath Bun and Belgian Bun… now here’s the Great Birmingham Bun. MUSIC TO RUN TO GET SET TO MAKE TRACKS WITH THE MORRISONS GREAT BIRMINGHAM RUN PLAYLIST Mike Adamson Red Cross CEO on the Great North Run He’ll be joining thousands of runners pounding the streets of Newcastle to raise money for charity What to Eat Before a Run Don’t let hungry thoughts eat into your run! Your Guide to Feeling Motivated and Downright Dedicated What do you do when your get-up-and-go has… got up and gone? When should I run if I have no time? Leonard Bernstein said, ‘To achieve great things, two things are needed: a plan and not quite enough time.' The Benefits of joining a Running Club For the amateur runner, the prospect of joining a running club can be daunting. 10 mile training Whether you’re running to lose weight, improve fitness, relieve stress, raise money or to simply be part of the world’s leading 10 mile running event, you’ve started on a fantastic journey!   Tracey Cramond - One in a Great North million We had a few exciting moments at last year's Great North Run as we were waiting, with baited breath, to meet our millionth finisher... Instagram Christmas Competition We want to see your winter running photos! We were dancing in the streets .... (of Addis) Last week I was lucky enough to be part of a team from Great Run, travelling to Addis Ababa to take part in Africa’s biggest running event, the Great Ethiopian Run A VIEW FROM THE GREAT RUN FINISH LINE Finish lines of our Great events are a sea of elation, sweat and tears and as an organiser I have had the privilege of welcoming a significant number of our 220,000 participants this year home. A GREAT YEAR: IN GATESHEAD 'Blind Dave' talks about his Great North Run Experience MY GREAT NORTH RUN EXPERIENCE THE IMPORTANCE OF FINISHING The ABCs of selling are taught to all graduates worth their salt when they venture into the big bad world of business: ALWAYS BE CLOSING! A GREAT YEAR: IN KESWICK Read David Clarke's third instalment from his journey to become the first person ever to complete all of the Great events. This time he's in the Lake District taking on two tough 11km laps up Latrigg Fell in the Karrimor Great Trail Challenge... A GREAT YEAR: IN MANCHESTER Read David Clarke's second instalment from his journey to become the first person ever to complete all of the Great events. This time he's in Manchester taking on Europe's biggest 10k... A GREAT YEAR: IN EDINBURGH & DUBLIN I'm attempting to become the first person to complete all 17 Great events in just one year, that's running, cycling, and swimming. Having never done distance running, nor swam for years, I thought it would be a good idea to share my experiences with you. Debbie's #reasontorun Former soccer star Iain Dowie and his wife Debbie are the latest to sign up for the Bupa Great Manchester Run, taking the number of runners past the magical 30,000 mark. Rebecca's #reasontorun Crossing the finishing line in next month's Bupa Great Manchester Run will be an achievement in itself for brave Rebecca Whitley. Ryan's #reasontorun Apprentice pipe fitter Ryan Galbraith has signed up for the Bupa Great Manchester Run to help a toddler who has cerebral palsy. RUNNING IN THE WIND How was your weekend running? Did you enjoy the first half but not the second? Or maybe it was the other way around. WORK, LIFE, RUN BALANCE The perennial problem for all runners is finding the balance between work, life and exercise. With only so many hours in the day, it can be difficult to incorporate that precious run. MAKE SOMETHING GREAT HAPPEN Here's an image and some words to give you a boost on one of those days! HILL RUNNING: UP UP AND AWAY So you’ve encountered a hill on your run. Do you go around or head straight for it. Perhaps that scene from Rocky pre-empts your opening strides towards the foot of the beast. Or perhaps it’s the theme from Jaws that guides you gently away from danger. FUELING EVENT SUCCESS If you’re looking to maximise performance and really fulfil your running potential, one crucial aspect that cannot be overlooked is your diet and nutrition. FIVE STEPS TO PRODUCTIVELY FILL AN INJURY-LADEN VOID Here are five tips on how to distract yourself when all you can do is rest until your injury has cleared. ALL THE GEAR, NO IDEA One foot in front of the other and repeat. I love running because of its simplicity. There's no need for an arena, specialist equipment, team mates or referees. All you need are a pair of running shoes, shorts and t-shirt, and some free space out in front. WORK, LIFE, RUN BALANCE The perennial problem for all runners is finding the balance between work and exercise. With only so many hours in the day it can be difficult to incorporate a run into the day. ADD A SENSE OF ADVENTURE TO YOUR RUNNING If the past three or four runs have been a real slog, break the mould now before you blow your progress through boredom. ADD A SENSE OF ADVENTURE TO YOUR RUNNING If the past three or four runs have been a real slog, break the mould now before you blow your progress through boredom. Fit to Compete It’s important to train properly for your run otherwise you will be at risk of injury. Here are some tips that will help ensure you enjoy your training safely. Hydration It's important that your body stays hydrated – keeps the right level of water – so that it can function properly. Eating The best advice when training is to stick a healthy, balanced diet. Illness If you’re injured, or have flu or gastroenteritis, don’t train until you are fully recovered. After the race Don’t let yourself get cold by standing around after you have finished. Top Tips Seven top tips from Great Run - respect the challenge. HELP, IT’S WINTER! RE-MOTIVATE ME Has your running urge ebbed into a chore and a frightened peak round the curtain? Have you started the year with no 10ks and half marathons on the horizon and lost the spark that gets those legs pumping? If you’re looking to get re-motivated then look no f HILL RUNNING: UP UP AND AWAY So you’ve encountered a hill on your run. Do you go around or head straight for it. Perhaps that scene from Rocky pre-empts your opening strides towards the foot of the beast. Or perhaps it’s the theme from Jaws that guides you gently away from danger. MAKE SOMETHING GREAT HAPPEN Here's an image and some words to give you a boost on one of those days! FUELING EVENT SUCCESS If you’re looking to maximise performance and really fulfil your running potential, one crucial aspect that cannot be overlooked is your diet and nutrition. FIVE STEPS TO PRODUCTIVELY FILL AN INJURY-LADEN VOID So you've decided to get fit by swimming. Here are a few tips to help you on your swim journey