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Great Run's 2018 In Numbers With 2018, drawing to a close, we look back on the Great Run year that was. Why Winter Marathon Training is Better? Most people’s running seems to slide in the winter, why go outside when it’s so cold? The thought of taking on something like a marathon seems like an impossible task when the days are short and the nights are dark. Six Ways Your First Marathon Can Change You If you’re thinking about entering a marathon, there’s no doubt it will change your life. Giving You The Gift Of Inspiration This Christmas The season of giving is well and truly upon us. Here's a list of some of this year's participants whose stories can serve as the gift of inspiration over the festive period. Your Top 10 Great Run Moments Of 2018 Here are your top ten moments from the 2018 Great Run Series that have left us reflecting on an incredible year of running. 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? 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 Top Gifts for Runners This Christmas Writing your list to Mr Claus? Here's some of our top runners picks. 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. 12 Reasons To Run The Simplyhealth Great South Run History, Henderson Road and hoards of spectators... here are our 12 reasons to take on the world's biggest and best 10 mile run. A Complete Guide To The Simplyhealth Great Bristol 10k Whether you're looking for your first running event, a goal to increase your pace or to take on a challenge for something that’s close to your heart, Simplyhealth Great Bristol 10k is the perfect event to be your greatest. Running Through The Winter Keeping moving and running through the winter months can be both rewarding and fun when you follow these few basic tips and keep yourself both safe and healthy along the way How Does Gait Analysis Help Me As A Runner? Gait analysis can identify bad habits which can lead to injury. Here is our handy guide from physiotherapist and runner Jenny Blizard Getting Your Feet Fit For Running COMPEED® is working with Consultant Podiatrist Emma Supple to give you the very best advice on avoiding blisters. Here’s how to make sure your feet last the distance. Case Studies: Shin Splints – How To Prevent Them Shin splints have been causing problems for runners of all abilities for many years now. Here, physiotherapist Paul Noble talks us through how he successfully got one runner back to full fitness. 13 Times The Great Manchester Run Gave Us All The Feels Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run is a running event like no other; with the world’s greatest athletes and most inspirational people taking on the streets of Manchester together. 7 Great Things About Simplyhealth Great Stirling Run The Simplyhealth Great Stirling Run returns on Sunday 28 April with a choice between a half marathon and a marathon through the heart of historic Scotland. Here's why you should choose Stirling in 2019 10 Things You Might Not Have Known About A Marathon Here are ten facts about the 26.2mile event that you might not know! 7 Benefits Of Running Ever wondered why so many people run? Here are some amazing benefits for your health. Blow Off The Cobwebs This Autumn To keep you going until the 2019 event season kicks off in January, check out our tips to keep you running this Autumn. 16 Times You'll Be Entertained In Portsmouth From live bands to cheering busses to the all-important jelly babies, this year we have more than 16 entertainment points across the 10 mile course… that’s roughly one every half mile! Case Studies: Dealing With An ITB Injury The iliotibial band – otherwise known as an ITB or an IT band – is a source of problems for many of our runners which is caused by a number of issues. Here, physiotherapist Paul Noble talks us through one runner’s problems and his pathway to fitness What to Expect from the Great South Run Saturday Events The day before the world’s biggest 10 mile running event, thousands of runners soak up the electric atmosphere by taking part in the Simplyhealth Great South 5k, the Simplyhealth Junior and Mini Great South Run and the Simplyhealth Canine Run. Five Tips On Running Up Hills To many hills are the enemy, they’re a hindrance, standing in the way of fast times, a burden to be endured, a muscle-sapping, lung-bursting experience Pre-Run Stretching Sarah Harradine (thatsquatbot), personal trainer and blogger, is here to talk you through a series of stretches to help you look after your everyday health and make the most of life, in partnership with Simplyhealth