Take on Slog on the Tyne at the Great North 10k Gateshead on Sunday 3rd July by entering at Greatrun.org/North10k
The Great North 10k is returning to Gateshead on Sunday 3rd July and this year the infamous hill on the course will have a name for the first time.
After hundreds of suggestions were made on Great Run's social media page, followers chose Slog on the Tyne to be the hill's official name.
The brains behind Slog on the Tyne is Richard Scrimshaw, from Gateshead, who regularly takes on the hill as part of his training for the Great North Run this September.
Richard said: "I've done that climb a number of times both running and cycling and it is just a slog so to me it's always been the Slog on the Tyne.
"With most things that are tough, the satisfaction of completing it is well worth the effort when you get back to the road this is especially so with it being so close to the 10k finish.
"The way I do it is to try and focus on staying fairly tall and concentrating on driving through the hips, that way I'm getting all the help I can from my legs and 'bounce' from the ground."
Richard, along with 5,000 other runners who are taking on the 10k, will see Slog on the Tyne have it's very own branding that will encourage participants to push themselves to make it to the top.
Here are five top tips from Great Run Training's resident athlete Johnny Mellor to help you #conquerthehill:
- GOOD FORM – Most runners naturally lean into hills, however it’s important to remain nice and tall with only a slight forward lean when running up hill. This helps to maintain knee drive and balance, which in turn maintains good form and technique. Keep your head and eyes focused ahead, but not all the way up.
- SHORTEN YOUR STRIDE – When running up hill try not to slow your stride, instead shorten it, which will in turn help control your breathing, preventing you from breathing too rapidly during the race. Small strides will also help get you up the incline more comfortably than big ones.
- PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT – When training for a hilly race it’s important to implement hill work into your weekly training schedule. Learn to love hills by running hill intervals, hilly continuous runs and even indoor hill sessions on a treadmill, which can also help to build confidence for race day. Remember hills are tough on the body so don’t do more than one hill session per week.
- KEEP MOVING OVER THE TOP – Looking to find those extra seconds? When training always remember to run strong off the top of the hill, come race day you’ll fly past fellow competitors stopping for a breather at the top of the hill.
- FOCUS ON OTHER RUNNERS – Use other runners as targets during up hill sections, you’ll be amazed how many you catch by maintaining a steady pace and rhythm
For further advice ahead of your running event, visit Great Run Training's Facebook and Twitter pages.