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Make a Date with Your Diary

This week, we hear from Dr Matt Long, editorial contributor to Athletics Weekly magazine who gives his thoughts on the benefits of keeping a handwritten training log. In this very Journal on...

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The Greatest Barefoot Runners of all Time

These days “barefoot running” has become synonymous with wearing minimalist shoes. However this was not always the case.  There are a handful of elite runners who made it to the...

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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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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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A Short History of The Running Vest

With the weather warming up gradually, most of us will have already started to trade in our leggings and long-sleeve thermals for t-shirts, shorts and, one of our favourites, the...

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26 Fun Facts About Marathons

We bring you 26 facts about the Marathon. From horses to outer space, we've got a fun fact for every mile of this classic race distance. 

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A Brief History of the Hoodie

Few style evolutions have been as remarkable as that of the hooded sweatshirt.  From its origins in Medieval Europe to its powerful presence in today’s fashion world, the hoodie has...

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6 Must-Read Running Biographies and Autobiographies

There’s nothing I like more than curling up with a good running book, especially after a hard run.  In fact, I’m such a running book nerd, I’ve forced myself to...

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Top 10 Running Rivalries

You can’t beat a great rivalry to fire the public imagination and elevate both competitors – Ovett v Coe, Ali v Frazier, Celtic v Rangers, Coppi v Bartali. We’re delighted to bring your our definitive Top 10 Running Rivalries…

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