Willy Wonka doesn’t organise marathons. But if he did, it’d probably be the best marathon in the world. Would he hide golden race numbers in energy gels? Would that be any better than the London Marathon ballot?
I’ve been a little quiet on here for a while; my writing mojo wandered off. It’s decided to return on the eve-eve of my big target race of the year: the Oxford Half Marathon 2016. Here’s why it’s come back.
Four years ago I was inspired to get more involved in running by London 2012. I’ve since become a British Athletics-qualified coach and I’m still loving being able to help people run, run further and run faster.
My Tuesday night Run England group attracts 8 to 12 people each week and people come and go as there lives dictate. Although some people have come and gone, for all sorts of reasons.
Some have tried running and decided it wasn’t for them, some have gained confidence to continue their running on their own or with a club like Witney Road Runners and some have maybe just fallen out of the habit (and forgotten how much fun my sessions are!) but might be lacking in confidence to get started again.
To add a bit of variety to the sessions, to provide more direct coaching for everyone, and to encourage people to come along without feeling they’ll have to run around Witney I’m going to do something a little special on the last Tuesday of every month.
Starting on 28th June, the last Tuesday session of every month will involve a mix of running-related exercises and as much or as little running as you feel comfortable with, all within the confines of the Leys in Witney.
The sessions will allow runners of all abilities and experiences get hints, tips and practical advice to improve their running and reach their running goals.
If you’ve been before but not for a while, or if you want to come along for the first time then get in touch:
For those of you on Facebook, head across and like the Run England Cogges page and feel free to drop me a message with a little bit about your running aims and any questions.
If you’re not on Facebook then drop me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org with a little about your running aims along with any questions you have.
I hope to see you at the Leys on a Tuesday night soon!
The year was 1954 – a different time. Queen Elizabeth II was just a year into her reign, post-war sugar rationing had not long come to an end, little more than 25% of families had a television and the human body was stubbornly refusing to run a mile in less than four minutes. Until a 25-year-old junior doctor named Roger Bannister returned to the Oxford University track at Iffley Road to record the first ever sub four minute mile. Continue reading Breaking The Barrier: The 4 Minute Mile
As runners, we run mile after mile but rarely challenge ourselves over the iconic distance of a mile. Be inspired by the first sub four minute mile and challenge yourself to run a single mile as fast as you can this summer with #RunYourMile. Continue reading #RunYourMile
My recent love affair with the London Marathon continued at the weekend but not as a runner. As an unlucky ballot entrant I wasn’t running the 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon but was closer to the action than ever before.
Early in 2016 I devised a series of “Technique Taster” sessions to introduce members of Witney Road Runners to some basic running technique concepts and tips. Here’s what we got up to in the second session:
Session 2: Running ABC – adding agility and co-ordination to balance for a solid running technique foundation. Continue reading Running ABC
Early in 2016 I devised a series of “Technique Taster” sessions to introduce members of Witney Road Runners to some basic running technique concepts and tips. Here’s what the first session had in store:
Session 1: Introduction to Technique & Balance – what do we mean by “running technique” and how balance relates to your running. Continue reading Introduction to Running Technique And Balance
Early in 2016 I was invited to speak with the Witney Road Runners committee. I was asked to present my vision of how we could introduce a more formal coaching initiative to the club. Having engaged with the membership it was clear they wanted to know more about running technique so I proposed an 8 week series of “Technique Tasters” – interactive running seminars to introduce some of the basic concepts and tips. Continue reading Technique Taster Sessions