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11 Tips for a Successful Running Streak

Over the last few years I have taken part in various running streaks, the first of them was in November 2013 as a way to build base fitness ahead of...

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How to Stay Cool Running in the Heat

Realising that we were going to be doing a trail half marathon on the hottest day this year was a good prompt to think about how to stay cool running...

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6 Reasons to Run a Mile

The mile is a magical distance.  We were reminded of that earlier this week when almost 100 of us gathered at the Mile End track in East London on a...

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A Short History of Running Kit

If you watch any running race these days, it’s striking how much variation there is in what runners choose to wear. Club vests, charity tee shirts, lycra leggings and compression...

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5 of the Best Runs in London

Our City Runs series this week comes from our home patch, London, and features 5k and 10k loops along the South Bank and Embankment.  We also have suggestions for other...

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How to Get Started with Ultra Running

When conversation turns to Ultra marathons with friends and other runners of shorter distances, inevitably I will hear something along the lines of "I could never run that far..."  Well,...

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Our Summer Running Kit Guide

The start of June is the perfect time to get kitted our for a great summer’s running.  Here are our personal recommendations from our current range. All Iffley Road t-shirts...

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The Iffley Road Running Shorts Buying Guide

With the warmer weather finally kicking in we’re getting a lot of enquiries about the difference between our four styles of running shorts.Often the best way of deciding which sort...

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Ever Thought of Doing an Ultra-Marathon?

A decade ago if you told people you were running an ultra-marathon the most common response was “What’s that?” closely followed by with a bemused “Why?”. Today it’s much more...

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Introducing the Iffley Road x Sunspel Collection



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Canicross - Tips for Running with your Dog

After running with my dog, Monty, for nearly 18 months I thought a canicross race would be a piece of cake.  We’d been running together most days at a gentle...

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How to Run your Best Mile

Last Friday, to mark the anniversary of the 4 minute mile #TeamIffley ambassador James Beckinsale held a session about how to improve your Mile Time at the Iffley Road track...

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6 Great British Milers

We launched Iffley Road on 6 May 2013, the anniversary of first sub 4- minute mile at the Iffley Road track in Oxford.  To celebrate our anniversary, this week’s blog...

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Where to Run in Abu Dhabi When on a Business Trip

Abu Dhabi is one of my favourite cities to go to on a business trip. The weather is very pleasant from September to May, especially during the winter months when...

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What's it like to run the London Marathon

There’s a military saying that no plan ever survives contact with the enemy. When it comes to marathon training, it’s injury and life that are that enemy. That, and trying...

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10 Post-Marathon Recovery Tips

The Spring Marathon season is well underway.  Whether you're doing London, Boston, Paris or another Spring marathon, few runners undertake a marathon lightly and this is bound to be one...

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What it's Like to Run the Boston Marathon

Qualifying for the race I qualified for the Boston Marathon by running 2:54 in the 2016 London Marathon. The requirement was to run sub 3:02:51. As Lorna had also achieved...

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Putting it Into Practice - Real Runners and their Mental Strategy

Last week, we spoke to coach James Beckinsale about how to mentally prepare for a marathon. It turns out there are a number of attitudes, methods, tricks and exercises one...

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Best Runs in Los Angeles - Beverly Hills to Santa Monica and Griffith Park Observatory

It’s early Sunday evening and the sun’s already setting over the glimmering sprawl of Los Angeles. Across to the other side of my Airbus 380 lies the vast Pacific Ocean,...

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How to prepare for a Marathon - Race Day Strategy

As the 23rd April looms, for many, the prospect of the London Marathon race day fills them with equal doses of excitement and jangling nerves! With months of training all...

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