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Doing It By Half - How to Prepare for a Half Marathon

“13.1. It's not 'just a half'. It's an accomplishment." I once saw this race sign as I was doing a half marathon – and the message really rings true. But the beauty...

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Great British Coastal Runs

What is it about running on Britain’s beaches that makes for such an uplifting experience?  Maybe its something scientific, such as the increased ozone levels in the air?  Maybe it’s...

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Track Tuesday

The Tuesday night track session is an important ritual in many a runner's life.  Having a concentrated, weekly session to devote oneself solely to improving performance, technique, speed (or all of...

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The Joys of Running on Holiday

What better way to celebrate being away from the pressures of work and the office than going out for an adventurous run in a new locale? Running on holiday is...

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The Track Runners' Kit Guide

Look sharp on the track The track can sometimes seem an intimidating place.  Anxious anticipation of the session to come…Speed merchants already out on the track looking effortless and easy…Yet...

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The Joys of Running on Sand

Most of us spend a lot of time running on roads If - like many of us - you live in an urban area, you may find you do most...

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Last Minute Tips for a Running Race

So you've got a race coming up in a few days. Whether you've stuck to your training plan or spent the last few months drinking cider and eating crisps, you've...

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The Summer Holiday Running Kit Guide

You're all packed for your Summer holiday but have you remembered your running kit?  There's nothing more frustrating when you're away from home than not being able to run. Don’t...

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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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