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Running and Relationships

Many couples meet through running. Team Iffley Ambassador Steve Skinner, talks about how he met his partner Lorna through running and the joy they experience running together... I have been...

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How to Practise Mindful Running

In this week's Journal Tina Chantrey sheds light on how to introduce mindfulness into your running training and explores its potential to transform your relationship with running. Mindful running Mindful running....

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Top Tips for a Great Night's Sleep

The importance of sleep cannot be understated, particularly for us runners. Certified Sleep Coach Max Kirsten takes us through the reasons behind this, and recommends steps you can take to get a better...

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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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How Walking Can Benefit Your Running

As a runner, the suggestion of walking for exercise can sound a bit strange - the equivalent of a powerlifter picking up some little 2kg weights and effortlessly curling in...

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How to Become Part of The Running Community

When I began running in 2011 little did I know I was joining such an incredible community. As I ran my first half marathon, The Ruby Run in Devon, I...

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Art on the Run - A Runner's Eye View of London at Christmas

Last year, #TeamIffley's Steve Skinner traded in his camera for a sketchpad to draw some of his favourite scenery from his run commute in London. This year he's back with some...

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It's the Little Things - How Accessories Make a Difference

I’m going to be completely honest here, I like “stuff”. I like seeing adverts for fancy new speaker systems or headphones and justifying in my head why I need them....

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Top Festive Running Events to get you in the Christmas Spirit

Now that December is finally here the countdown to Christmas can officially begin. Here at Iffley Road we think there’s no better way to fully embrace the Christmas spirit (and...

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The virtues of the Christmas Day run

Over the last few years I have opted to lace up my running trainers and head out into the cold for a run on Christmas Day. To non-runners (including most...

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Staying Fit Over Christmas

  For most of us, not just the fitness types, the enjoyment of Christmas doesn't come without a price. That feeling as the New Year draws in that we may have...

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New York Marathon by Numbers

This weekend, New York City will host its 47th annual Marathon. The race is rich in history, records, and fun facts, and in this blog we take you through some of our favourites in numbers!

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Cross-Country v Road Racing

It’s that time of year when runners don their club vests, split shorts, and spikes. But what exactly should you do differently when hitting the trails?  I’d like to go into some of the differences between cross-country and road running, and try to offer some tips for those of you looking to dip your toe into the…mud.

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6 of the Best County Peaks to Run in England

Six of the best English county tops, as compiled by Sam Pearce of The Footpath Less Travelled blog.

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How to Pack for an Ultra

Part of the beauty of running lies in its simplicity. Grab a t-shirt and some shorts, chuck on a pair of trainers and you are ready to hit the road/trail.  But some races require a little more planning.

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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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The Trails on Your Doorstep

For many of us, trail running conjures up images of Britain’s A-list locations, the Premiership of the nation’s trails.  Places such as the Yorkshire Dales; the Lakes; the South Downs;...

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Why Laying a Training Foundation Can Pay Dividends

"Harder, better, faster, stronger." So you’ve trained and raced hard all summer, scored some PBs and generally enjoyed running with the sun on your back. But as the daylight starts...

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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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