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New York Marathon Review Notes for Runners

Reading notes: I’ve written about this in detail from a runner’s perspective, as the little things can be important when you’re choosing a marathon, or getting ready to run. I’ve split it into sections so you can skip to the parts you’re interested in. I ran in 2022 which was unseasonably hot, so what people[…]

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From Plateau to PB: how we hit new levels in our 40s

Sarah Dudgeon Seville Marathon Finish 2020

Seville 2020 saw us both smash our PBs after 20 years of running and broadly plateauing in the last several years. As a result, many people have asked us, along the lines of, “How on earth did you do that?!” So here are our reflections on how we managed such a significant step change, although, spoiler alert, there is no magic; focus and hard work are at the heart of it.

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5 non-running ways to get a marathon PB

5 tips to get a marathon PB

Yes you do still need to run to train for a marathon.  But what you do outside of running, and how you fit it in and think about it, can all add up to help you get that marathon PB (or PR for US runners!) Here are 5 ways to help you, including, including my[…]

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Top tips for race spectating – How to see your runner

Marathon Good Luck Card

I often get asked how or where people should watch runners in a marathon. Here are my top tips after years of both running and watching. Picking out your runner If you’re watching on the actual race sidelines, then make sure you know exactly what kit your runner is wearing. A ‘bright shirt’ or running[…]

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5 Reasons to Race

reasons to race, why race, run, tri, bike

Racing doesn’t mean you have to be a competitive person. You can race for many reasons. Racing is hard but the rewards are worth it. Running, triathlon or cycling, here’s 5 reasons why you should race. 1. The competition is up to you For most of us, unless we’re elite, it’s unlikely we’ll win our[…]

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Marathon Day logistics: what to expect at the start & finish

marathon logistics

Well done making it to the start line of a marathon! It’s not easy putting in the hours of training, through dark, wind and rain, and surviving injury-free. If you haven’t done a large race of 30,000+ runners before, it can be handy to know what to expect on the day. That way you don’t[…]