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Running at Christmas: Dos and Donts

Running at Christmas: Dos and Donts

The festive period is always a challenging time for us runners. As the calendar fills up with work parties and social gatherings, and the kitchen cupboard fills up with mince pies and yule logs, you’d be forgiven for over-indulging and missing out on some running!

But if you’re feeling extra determined this year, we’ve got some top tips to help you keep fit this Christmas, and some dangerous pitfalls to avoid!

Become an early riser

If your calendar is chock-a-block with parties, gatherings and family reunions, why not set an alarm and get your run done nice and early? It’s a great feeling having it under your belt and knowing the rest of the day is yours to relax! Will it be cold? Probably – but winter mornings can also be pretty beautiful things to behold.

Don’t be self-righteous

You might be really enjoying the feeling of keeping fit while family members pour prosecco onto their cornflakes, but don’t go gloating! An endorphin-charged runner sitting on their high-horse is sure to ruffle some turkey feathers.

Get into the spirit

There are plenty of festive fun runs coming up in the next few weeks, so why not get yourself entered into one? Get some friends together, don your Santa hats and reindeer antlers and have a laugh with it!

Don’t expect any PBs

A few cheeky treats are inevitable and Christmas food is certainly more conducive to steady running than a max out effort! So don’t put too much pressure on yourself, just go out and enjoy running for the sake of running!


Merry Christmas and enjoy!

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Men’s 10K Edinburgh Provides Inspiration for Men Across Scotland to Prosper

Men’s 10K Edinburgh Provides Inspiration for Men Across Scotland to Prosper

The Men’s 10K Edinburgh once again provided a fantastic platform for runners to complete their personal goals. A huge variety of stories and backgrounds came together to create a unique and vibrant atmosphere throughout Scotland’s capital. Thousands of guys poured into BT Murrayfield on Sunday 4th November, to take their final steps to glory.

The 2,000 strong field were greeted with glorious autumn sunshine. Raucous local crowds and charity cheer groups provided the backing for the runners throughout the route; from the historic Royal Mile start, all the way to the finish at iconic home of Scottish Rugby, Murrayfield Stadium.

Amongst the thousands of finishers was Stuart Donaldson, who ran for the event’s Official Charity, Cancer Research UK (CRUK), in memory of his late colleague. Stuart explained:

“Denise’s illness affected myself and my work colleagues quite badly. On a personal note, myself and Denise were successful together in gaining a promotion at work and this where our friendship blossomed”

Denise was such a nice caring person and is sorely missed by us all at work. I have had had family members and friends affected by cancer too so to give anything back is great.” 

I returned from a week in Tenerife last night. Although I’m trying to convince myself it was warm weather training, it wasn’t the ideal preparation! But I did the best I could and raised as much money as possible for CRUK so I am happy.”

There was no shortage of inspirational stories in Edinburgh as Stuart Gunn crossed the finish line for Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity who have supported his son Archie since the day he was born.

Archie was born 25 weeks prematurely, with a perforation of his bowel. At just one day old he had surgery.. As well as this, he was also born with an open heart valve. Over the next few months Archie remained in hospital and had seven surgeries and this had a major effect on Stuart and his wife.

“My wife was in hospital all day every day, even when her maternity pay ran out. The support of the hospital staff was amazing and we made very special friends with many people”

He was referred to Glasgow Hospital to have his heart valve, which was still open, observed. To the shock and amazement of the hospital it had closed itself. Within 6-8 weeks Archie no longer required oxygen and managed to get out of hospital just in time for Christmas!

Stuart thoroughly enjoyed raising funds for a great cause as well as making a positive change for himself. He seemed to have an enjoyable experience of the Men’s 10K

“It was a great day and the weather turned out fantastic!”

Army veteran and double stroke survivor, John Owens, was another one of our heroes as he completed the Men’s 10K Edinburgh for Help for Heroes. He explained his difficult journey to the finish line:

“My strokes had a serious effect on my life, as at my lowest point I hated who I had become, it drove my marriage to break up, and I was in denial and just wanted it all to end.”

“Mentally, being able to do running events has helped in abundance with my rehab and recovery.”

His best friend Davy, who tragically took his own life in 2017, was a major inspiration for John. He said: “Davy is my inspiration. I wanted to go and make him proud today.”

On his decision to fundraise for Help for Heroes, John said: “I chose to run for Help For Heroes because of the phenomenal work they do with affiliated charities, such as Army Benevolent Fund and Soldiers Sailors and Airmen Families Association who continues to aid my recovery.”

To find out more and donate please visit: www.ayrshirerunner.wordpress.com

Hundreds more guys took part in today’s run raising money for charity, including Cancer Research UK. Together, runners are estimated to raise more than £150,000 as a result.

Event Director Sandra Scott commented:

“We’re delighted that the Men’s 10K continues to inspire the men of Edinburgh, Scotland and beyond to make a real, tangible and positive change to their lives. The atmosphere in Edinburgh is always special as the participants make their way around what has to be acknowledged as one of the most incredible city centre routes that Edinburgh has to offer.

“We continue to be inspired by the courage and commitment each of the participants make, whether is it a decision to take personal steps to better health and fitness, or to those raising funds for charities close to their hearts.”

“Our ultimate aim is for the event to play a small but significant part of an urgent need to change the face of men’s health in Scotland and the rest of the UK.”

Scott added:

“We want to say a special thank you to the people of Edinburgh who have shown such incredible support for the participants across the route and also to our amazing Event Team who give their free time, skills and enthusiasm to ensure that every single participant enjoys a welcoming, safe and enjoyable event.

We hope that you wear your finisher’s T-shirt with pride and we look forward to seeing you all again.”

For those of you who want to do it all again next year, EARLY BIRD entries are now open for Men’s 10K Edinburgh 2019.

If you fancy a change of scenery why not complete the Men’s 10K double by hopping over to Glasgow on Father’s Day 16th June 2019.

The Men’s 10K in Glasgow starts at the spectacular setting of the Riverside Transport Museum. The route heads East along the River Clyde and takes in the Glasgow Science Centre, The Armadillo, The SECC and the SSE Hydro and all within the first 2KM. The route then heads towards the finish at George Square, where you will come across Glasgow Green and Kings Bridge.

To see the full list of finisher’s times from Edinburgh, visit https://www.mens10k.com/results

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Five Reasons Runners Love Spring

Five reasons runners love spring

After what seems like an eternity of cold, dark, wintry evenings, there’s finally some light at the end of the tunnel – the road race season is firmly in sight and spring is on its way! But what does this mean for us runners? Here are five reasons we love spring…
1. Calm after the storm
A wise man once said “You never appreciate spring until you’ve been through a tough winter.” – and it’s the months of battling inclement conditions that makes the longer days, lighter nights and increasing temperatures all the more sweet when they finally come around.

2. Combine work and play
Spring is a great time to build training into your daily commute. Make use of the longer days by integrating cycling or running into your journey and watch your training go to the next level!

3. More mac, less mill
While treadmills make a great alternative to outdoor running when winter really bites, there’s no substitute for running outdoors. The changing of the seasons is a great time to get out and get stuck into those forgotten routes from the heady days of summer last year!

4. Time to get serious
Spring marks the start of the road race season proper; a joyous time for all runners! So whether you’ve got a marathon, half marathon, 10K or any other race planned, it’s time to start harvesting the fruits of your labour, scooping up some medals, PBs and most importantly some memories that will last a lifetime!

5. Flower like a spring pansy
It’s time for you to come into your own, just like a spring flower. Get prepared to show off those blooming bulbs and brightly coloured petals that you’ve been tending to all winter.

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