Karrimor X Duo Bt Belt 00 running belt review (and a lesson in poor customer service from Sports Direct)

Find out why you should avoid the Karrimor ‘X Duo Bottle Belt 00’ water bottle running belt/waistbag – and probably avoid Sports Direct in general – in this review.

One of my goals this year is to run a marathon. But instead of taking part in an organised one, I’ve decided to run the length of the River Itchen – about 30 miles.… Read more

What’s in my half marathon race bag?

On Sunday, I completed the Southampton Half Marathon for the second year on the trot. (And I beat last year’s time by three minutes – whoop!)

This meant that after several bowls of pasta and countless slices of white bread on Saturday it was time to pack my bag for the big race.

My half marathon packing list

As well as remembering the obvious things like my race number, there are also a few other things I like to take to make sure I’m comfortable on a race day.… Read more

How to choose the perfect pair of running shoes

I’ve been running for pleasure (an oxymoron if ever I’ve heard one) for more than 12 years.

When I started out, I didn’t put any thought into my footwear. I simply rocked up to the nearest out-of-town sports shop and chose a shoe from a well-known brand that looked the part.

A few years later I finally got the message that not all running trainers are the same – it’s important to spend some time choosing a shoe that matches your foot shape, running style and the environment you’ll be running in.… Read more

Why you should consider run-commuting in 2017

Need a New Year’s resolution? Here are seven reasons why you should give run-commuting a go in 2017.

What’s your new year’s resolution for 2017?

If you’re like a lot of people, it’s “get more exercise”.

We know how that turns out though, don’t we?

You start the new year with good intentions. You join the gym and buy some new gear.… Read more

The Camelot Challenge half marathon 2015, Sherborne, Dorset

I’ve never watched the film, Monty Python and the Holy Grail. But I know about the famous scene where the Dark Knight, having lost both arms (and later, both legs) to King Arthur’s sword, vows to fight on while stoically exclaiming that “it’s only a flesh wound“.

After my experience last Saturday on the “Camelot Challenge” cross-country half marathon, I now have an inkling of what it’s like to suffer at the hands of King Arthur.… Read more