Training Tips & Advice
Congratulations on signing up for your next (or first) running event. You’ve made the right decision: running is a fantastic way to keep yourself in great physical and mental condition. Whether it’s your first running event or you’re looking to beat your long-standing PB, we’re here to cheer you on!
If it’s your first time here, you’re probably after advice on how to train for a running event. If that’s you, you’re definitely in the right place. We’ll support you every step of the way with tailored training plans to help you smash your goals and leave your doubts in the dust. Your running journey starts right here. Dig in!
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We’ve got hundreds of articles filled with our best tips on everything from training schedules, motivation, nutrition, footwear and breathing techniques, to crafting your best running playlist and best practices for before, during and after your run. Read our latest training tips and advice.
What happens to my body when running?
There are a few strange side effects to running. From runny noses to a sudden urge to ‘go’, find out why it happens.
How to prevent blisters when running
Blisters are annoying and often surprisingly painful. Read on to find out what causes them, and more importantly how to avoid them.
Plan a new running route
It’s easy to get stuck in a running route rut. Keep boredom at bay and plan a new running route. Hey, we’re all human – and if sticking to…
How to use a foam roller
A 10-20 minute session a couple of times a week is enough to get you started. Read on for our tips on how to use a foam roller.
A runner’s guide to tapering
Tapering will help you to avoid injury and maybe even enhance your final performance. Read our guide to tapering to find out more.
What is Plyometrics?
Plyometrics is the latest exercise craze for runners - but exactly what is plyometrics, and will it help you run faster?
How to run for longer and cultivate a runner’s mindset
Read on for our five top tips for honing your runner mindset and you’ll soon find yourself racking up some serious distances.
The super simple runner’s exercise routine
building some simple gym or home exercises into your schedule is guaranteed to maximise your performance.
How does running help your mental health?
here are five scientific studies that prove there’s plenty of reasons to lace up and let go of your worries.
Getting fit for free
Read on for our top tips for getting fit for free and maximising your running workout on a budget.
Find a running club in the North East
Starting out? Our guide to some of the running clubs in Newcastle and beyond should help to point you in the right direction.
Five must-see films about running
On days when energy is low, an inspirational running film movie could be just the pick-me-up you need.
The dos and don’ts of treadmill running
Take a look at our tips for indoor running and take your gym session from dreadmilling, to top treadmilling.
What to do the night before your Great Run
The nerves might hit the night before a run, but with our great run event checklist you'll know you've done everything you need to the night before the big day.
How to create your ultimate running playlist
What’s the science behind a great set of running tunes, and where can you get some inspiration for new music to keep your running playlists fresh?
When do I need to replace my running shoes?
Once you’ve invested in your ideal pair, how long can you expect them to last? Here are our top tips for knowing when to replace your running shoes.
Find a friendly running club in Glasgow
If you’re after fun, humour and friends you could certainly do worse than join a Glasgow running group, whether you live North, South, East or West.
How to breathe – for runners
Focusing on breath is an important part of every runner’s journey, regardless of ability or experience level. Read on to find out how to boost your performance
Training for a 5k – a complete beginner’s guide
The ultimate beginners’ guide to 5k training so you can feel reassured you’re acting on good advice and forming good habits for the journey ahead.
Running with heart – find a running club in Birmingham
Looking for some a running club in Birmingham to meet some other Brummie Runners? Read on for our top picks.
Follow one of our 10k, half marathon, 10 mile or 5k training plans and you’ll soon be hitting your stride, whatever your pace. Get ready for that incredible finish line feeling!
Find your next Great Run
AJ Bell Great North Run
60,000 determined and dedicated runners make the AJ Bell Great North Run the World’s biggest and best half marathon.
AJ Bell Great North 5k
Soak up the party atmosphere and take on a fast and flat 5k on the Quayside.
AJ Bell Great North 10k
The AJ Bell Great North 10k is back in 2024. Sign up before 1 November to SAVE with our Earlybird Offer.
AJ Bell Great Birmingham Run
Birmingham’s biggest and best 10k and half marathon running event returns to the city on 5 May 2024. Sign up now.
AJ Bell Great Bristol Run
Bristol’s much-loved 10k and Half Marathon running event returns in May 2024.
AJ Bell Great Manchester Run
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AJ Bell Great Scottish Run
Scotland’s biggest running celebration will return to the streets of Glasgow in 2024. Sign up to stay up to date.
AJ Bell Great South Run
The AJ Bell Great South Run is the south coasts biggest and best running weekend and not to be missed.
AJ Bell Great South 5k
Take on a fast, flat 5k route and soak up the incredible atmosphere, and views, at the AJ Bell Great South Run weekend.