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The fall and rise of a running legend

duncanThis year has seen me venturing into a number of new areas. Fresh into a new job, running a beginners group and getting stuck into a few odd events as part the extreme 2015 challenge.

In my latest venture I’m going to be writing a blog for the club. For my first topic I’ve decided to investigate one of our own club runners Duncan Clark.

I’m sure most of you will know he has been out of action for a while following a decision to run on a damaged foot in the London Marathon. Despite the obvious disadvantage of running with a broken foot, which he noted went snap after a couple of miles he finished in 3:17:29. Before you all decide to go and smash your foot up in order to PB, our friend Duncan is not your typical runner.

Just looking at some of his times from runbritain or thepowerof10 or even our very own club records will demonstrate that.

While Duncan hasn’t been running recently he has been involved in the club, either supporting our club runners at races, doing his bit in the committee as men’s captain and helping June and I with the beginners club.

He’s starting on the road to recovery and I thought this would be a great opportunity to watch how he progresses. So the plan is to track his progress week by week and see how he goes from smashed runner to mean machine and get into the mind of a runner on the mend.

There ain’t no runner tougher so it will make for a good Yorkshire story of grit and blood.

Watch this space

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Steve Cram Training Camp Kielder Water & Forest Park

steve cram training camp

Sue and I (Maureen) thought we would try something different and last year booked to take part in SCTC at Kielder, do a bit of running and enjoy a weekend away. We were blessed with the best weather possible for this fantastic weekend, snow and ice on the ground and beautiful sunshine showed Kielder at its best.

With probably enough kit for a fortnight’s stay (what if my kit gets wet, which shoes do I need – you know how it is) we arrived at the Calvert Trust which was to be our base for the weekend. With runs planned every day, two sessions on Saturday, talks from the experts, massage/physio and even a Question of Sport quiz thrown in, there was plenty to keep us busy.

The accommodation was good, a good selection of food and some quality Nike kit thrown in for good measure (striped jackets above). It was good mixing with other runners, of all abilities, as well as talking and running with Mr Cram himself, Laura Weightman (1500m silver medallist at the Glasgow Commonwealth games) and others.

To get physio advice from the man who tends to the top athletes (free!) was a bonus.

If you are thinking of an activity weekend sometime we would thoroughly recommend this one.

6th to 8th February 2015

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Pick up your Knees

The best thing to do if you want to improve your running form is to come along to the Thursday coached sessions run by Mark. These are intended for every ability and help you get the most out of your running. Every week we alternate between the Track or Holt Park. The details can be found on the calendar or the Thursday Coached Session Page.

In the meantime why not try this drill and see if it helps a little.

See you Thursday.