Meet Team HK

1 May 2014, 15:53

Team-HK-webAmong the 7,000-strong field at this year’s Leeds Half Marathon on May 11th will be HKE’s Jonathan Kay (left) and Chris Wright (right).

Both have been pounding the pavements for months in order to reach peak fitness and although this is not officially a race, neither will want to be second best.

Chris wants to beat his best time of 1 hour 29 minutes, while Jonny would dearly love to beat local rival John Johnson, who last year set a personal best in the event.

Jonathan is hoping to at least keep up with 84 year old John for as long as he can, although he admits it’s going to be a tough ask.

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How to mentally prepare for a marathon

11 April 2014, 14:18

The London Marathon will see serious runners who have physically trained for months to prepare for the legendary race, still fail to achieve the times they are capable of.

According to Julian Goater, a world-class runner and running coach, serious runners have to do more than just the physically training and must also prepare themselves psychologically and develop mental strength in order to succeed.

“All of us are physically capable of far greater feats than we think, if only we can harness the power of the mind,” says Goater. “There are a number of things we can do to make ourselves mentally stronger and to give ourselves the best chances of being psychologically fit and aggressive on the day of the race.”

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Runners recount 2013 Boston Marathon experiences

8 April 2014, 09:42

4:09:43, takes its title from the time into the 2013 Boston Marathon when two bombs exploded and is a compilation of accounts provided by those taking part.

It focuses on the accounts of 75 runners, collected through social media: blogs posted online, stories offered on Facebook and e-mails sent to the author.

The story does not end until the 23,000 participants encounter the terror on Boylston Street. “These are not 75 separate stories,” says the author. “This is one story told as it might have been by a single runner with 75 pairs of eyes.”

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The formula for running success

13 February 2014, 11:19

Get in the best shape of your running career with the help of Daniels’ Running Formula, the book that Runner’s World magazine called “the best training book”.

In it, top running coach Jack Daniels provides you with his legendary VDOT formula to guide you through training at exactly the right intensity to run stronger, longer and faster.

Runners can choose a programme simply to get in shape, target a race , or regain conditioning after layoff or injury.

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Free webinar on “Developing Speed in Distance Runners”

24 January 2014, 09:56

Owen AndersonOwen Anderson, author of Running Science, will present a free webinar Developing Speed in Distance Runners on January 30th, 2014, at 7:00pm GMT.

Even if you know you will be unable to attend the live broadcast, register for the live webinar anyway and your name will be added to a list of registrants who will automatically receive an email containing a link to the recorded webinar.

This webinar will last approximately one hour and will:

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Are genes magic bullets for running success?

19 July 2013, 10:39

Kenyan AthletesRunners, coaches and exercise scientists often wonder whether running performances are determined primarily by genetic factors or by the environment.

If performances are indeed primarily shaped by genes, coaches and serious runners will begin using cheek swabs to learn what their DNA dictates about their running futures and gene doping could play a prominent role in elite competitions.

But according to Owen Anderson, author of the forthcoming Running Science, both genetics and environment play a vital role in determining running performance.

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Book signing by HK author

13 June 2012, 15:22

Julian Goater, former UK National Cross Country Champion and world-class athlete will be signing copies of his book The Art of Running Faster at the Bracknell branch of Waterstones on Saturday 16th June from 10.30 am onwards.

In his book, Julian challenges the stereotypes of how distance runners should train and readers will learn how to overcome factors that prevent them from running faster and avoid injury with correct running technique.

And Julian should know. During his time as an elite athlete Julian competed in numerous championships and 30 years on, his times for 5,000 and 10,000 meters still remain among the fastest ever by a British athlete.

Since retiring from competing, Julian has remained active and in addition to coaching young athletes has found time to win gold twice in his age group at the World Duathlon Championships and has also won the British Triathlon in his age group.

So if you are in the Bracknell area on Saturday call into Waterstones in Stanley Walk and have a chat with a true champion.

No higher risk of cardiac arrest to marathon runners

18 January 2012, 15:05

Contrary to what many people may believe, taking part in marathons and half-marathons is not linked to higher risk of cardiac arrest compared to other forms of athletics.

That’s according to a new study published online in the New England Journal of Medicine, that analyzed 10 years of data to reveal that most of the participants who did experience cardiac arrest during such long-distance races usually had undiagnosed, pre-existing heart problems.

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Running wise

15 February 2011, 10:52

In Timeless Running Wisdom, longtime runner and author Rich Benyo takes you on a journey spanning the trends of the sport and the approaches, concepts and methods that have bred success and satisfaction across generations of runners.

It shows you how to embrace simplicity, change routines, distances and terrains and how to keep your running in proportion to the rest of your life.

Insightful comments come from an array of world and national-class runners who have clocked up literally millions of miles of experience and wisdom which they pass on with genuine enthusiasm.

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Runners on Running

14 December 2010, 10:03

Runners on Running is a compilation of over 30 inspirational stories, humorous accounts and pivotal moments from the sport of running, past and present.

It is a collection drawn from the top writers in the sport and the selections are grouped into seven themes that encompass the runner’s experience: spirit, body, mind, mentor, race, bonds and heart.

The pieces encompass the full range of the running experience, from motivation to frustration to exhilaration and capture brilliantly the essence of the sport.

For anyone who loves running, Runners on Running is a captivating and essential read.

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