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.
Embracing Easy Runs
Introducing the best-kept secret to running success: easy runs. Discover why they are so important, why they work and how they boost performance.
Perfect Parks for Terrific Training
Every running star of the future needs to train – and the great news is that getting active outdoors keeps you physically fit, boosts your…
Interval training – what is it and how does it help your running?
Interval training for runners involves short intervals of high-intensity work. Read our guide to learn why you should integrate it into your training plan.
Should You Train With A Cold?
We answer the tricky question every athlete has to ask themselves at least once or twice a year…
The Absolute Beginners Guide to Running
Take a look at our top five tips for keeping a brand new running habit going.
6 Benefits Of Running
Ever wondered why so many people run? Here are some amazing benefits for your health.
Soup Up Your Training
Few dishes are superior to soup in terms of replenishing the vitamins and fluids lost in training. Here's a recipe for you to try!
Running Through The Winter
To help kick back the slump through the dark winter months, follow our tips to keep motivated, and stay safe and healthy along the way.
How to have a no-pressure new year
The New Year period shouldn’t be your punishment for indulging or relaxing over Christmas. Give yourself a break, get motivated and be kind to yourself.
10 Tips To Get You Running This January
Taking your first step outdoors in January can be tough. Here are our 10 tips to get your running this January.
Power Up Your Porridge
All hail the mighty porridge. It's the perfect pre-run breakfast. Here's two delicious porridge recipes for you to try!
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.
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!
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AJ Bell Great North Run
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AJ Bell Great North 5k
Smash your 5k dash before joining the afterparty on the Quayside. It’s the curtain-raiser for the North East’s biggest weekend of sport - let’s celebrate.
AJ Bell Great North 10k
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AJ Bell Great Manchester Run
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AJ Bell Great Scottish Run
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AJ Bell Great South Run
10 coastal miles with stunning views and sea air. The AJ Bell Great South Run is one of our most recommended races - sign up and see what the fuss is about.
AJ Bell Great South 5k
Seasoned pros and running newbies love this fun, fast, flat 5k route. Stunning views and all the usual Great Run energy you’d expect. Book your spot today.