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Runner's World UK

Runner's World UK September 2020

Runner's World is an inspirational and motivational magazine for runners of all ages and abilities. In every issue of Runner’s World we inform, advise, educate, and motivate runners of all ages and abilities. We help every runner achieve their personal health, fitness and performance goals. Runner’s World shows you the best ways to get the maximum amount of benefits from running in the minimum amount of time. Big promise? Definitely. But you don’t have to take our word for it – we’d like to prove it to you!

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bath skyline, somerset

THE LOCATION The UNESCO World Heritage City of Bath, with its honey-coloured Georgian streets and fantastic postrun cafes, lies nestled amid seven steep-sided hills. These are home to a wealth of outstanding trails, including the Cotswold Way, which runs north for just over 100 miles. THE RUN Looked after by the National Trust, the Bath Skyline follows a six-mile loop of Claverton Down and Bathampton Down through an undulating landscape of wonderful variety. Expect winding trails through ancient woodland, hidden valleys, wildflower meadows and wildlife reserves; fascinating historical sites such as Sham Castle; and surprise glimpses out across the city to the wooded hills beyond. RUNNER Renee McGregor PHOTOGRAPHER Jen Benson For more stunning UK trail runs, see Short Runs in Beautiful Places, by Jen and Sim Benson (£12.99, National Trust Books)…

1 min.
what is the one piece of advice you’d give to a new runner?

‘The first month is going to be horrendous. Get your head round that, buckle up, keep going and know that even though it doesn’t feel like it right now, very soon you’ll get over that hump of niggles, breathlessness and self-doubt, and you’ll suddenly, magically ‘get it’. That’s a promise.’ – Kerry McCarthy ‘If you have to take a walk break, do so; if you have to stop to take an imaginary phone call, do that too. One day, you will just keep going.’ – John Carroll ‘Stick with it – the early runs can be hard and discouraging, but wonderful things await.’ – Rick Pearson ‘There will always be people faster than you and (almost) always people slower than you. That doesn’t matter in the slightest. What matters is that there are…

2 min.
editor’s letter

THE LOCKDOWN HAS required us to rethink many aspects of our lives and running is among them. On the one hand, time freed up from commuting, school drop-offs and visiting family and friends has given us the chance to run more than usual. And running has been a precious opportunity to get outside, find some headspace and regain a sense of normality. On the other hand, not having races to train for, weekly parkruns to enjoy and club mates or running buddies with whom we can share our runs and experiences has made the last few months challenging for many. But, as Richard Askwith argues in our Run Free feature (page 38), perhaps we now have the opportunity to simplify our approach to running and consider our runs a form of meditative…

1 min.
in it for the long run

WHEN IT COMES TO long-distance running, growing older needn’t mean slowing down. A recent study1 showed that lifelong exercise can counteract the age-related decline of your VO2 max. In other words, if you’ve been running consistently for decades, your VO2 max – the amount of oxygen you can use during intense exercise – will not decline at the same rate as it does in your more sedentary peers. That’s an interesting development, because it has long been believed that at a certain age – around 70 – people’s VO2 max falls off a cliff. By contrast, the study suggests that the steepest declines occur as a result of exercising less, not simply by adding another candle to your birthday cake. WORDS: RICK PEARSON. ILLUSTRATION: DALE EDWIN MURRAY. 1 SPORTS MEDICINE, APRIL…

1 min.
the heights of success

IF YOUR FITNESS HAS REACHED A PLATEAU, perhaps it’s time to set your sights a little higher. Hill running has been proven to make runners faster and more efficient – even if they’re already running regularly. A study published in the International Journal of Scientific Research found that club-level middle-distance runners who did two endurance sessions and two hill workouts for 12 weeks increased their VO2 max and speed endurance significantly more than their club-level compatriots who only endurance trained. Interestingly, even after four subsequent weeks of hill-free training, the improvements in the hill-trained group remained. So why aren’t more of us heading for the hills? ‘The truth is, no one really wants to run hills,’ says Cory Wharton-Malcolm, Nike+ running coach and co-founder of London-based running crew Track Mafia. ‘When people…

2 min.
baring is caring

THE TREND IN RUNNING is towards shoes with carbon-fibre plates and lots of cushioning, but new research1 has found there are many benefits to baring your sole. The study suggests traditional running shoes, with a tapered forefoot, arch support and toe spring, are weakening our feet and changing the way we move – which could lead to knee and lower-leg injuries. But don’t burn your running shoes just yet. ‘The reality is that going barefoot is not a quick fix,’ says Ben Le Vesconte, a running coach at Vivobarefoot. If people want to transition to a barefoot running shoe, they should first walk in a barefoot shoe, he says. ‘I’d rather people wore a barefoot lifestyle shoe and then ran in whatever they like, rather than the other way round.’ If you…