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Race Calendar Newsletter | Week Ending 5th May 2013

Hey runners,

This week at Race-Calendar it’s all about being confident to do what ever you like no matter what age or situation you are in. Constantly we hear of people who decide when they get a little older that they find it not only difficult to pyhsically get out and exercise, but also that they just don’t have the motivation anymore. For us, the motivation to simply live a longer, healthier happier life is all the motivation we need.

If you’re a little older and have problems with your body ( let’s face it we all know that feeling no matter how old we are), try other exercise ideas such as dynamic resistance yoga or more passive exercise that gets the heart rate going but not necessarily puts the strain and wear and tear on the rest of the body. Yoga is a great start, as you can have a great cardio workout, exercise your joints and whole body, without the pressure and strain of weights and impact or running. The two other obvious simple ways of getting out there and exercising are swimming and cycling.

So if you’re feeling a little old, sore, lacking in motivation or think it’s way past you, just think to yourself… I want a longer, healthier, happier life?…Simple question…..but unequivocally


If you want more inspiration, check out our local running expert Steve Haywoods post on breaking records in your 70’s here.ONWARDS……..

Your Weekly Running Inspiration

Middle distance running is a very tactical sport. Some track runners talk about “front running” or starting & finishing the race in front of the pack, rather than hanging back with the group and battling it out at the end with a huge sprint finish.

The trick, or rather the gamble, with front running is to know your pace and to bet that your pace over the course of the race will still beat the others’ sprint finishes.

See how Filbert Bayi from Tanzania did it at the 1974 Commonwealth Games in New Zealand over 1500m:

Race Reports & Photos:

Race Report: 2013 Parkinson’s UK Run Highclere

Parkinson’s UK Run Highclere that took place on Sunday 28 April 2013 at 10.30am in Newbury, Berkshire. Parkinson’s UK invited fans of Downton Abbey to don their trainers for a special challenge. Runners of all abilities and ages took part in a 10km run in the beautiful grounds of Highclere Castle in Newbury Berkshire – the setting for the multi award-winning ITV1 series Downton Abbey.

Race Report: Hurtleberry Duathlon & Trail Run, 13th April 2013

This Saturday’s Hurtleberry Off-road Duathlon and Trail Run event was a great success. The ground was soft, but the rain held off for the majority of the day, whilst 200 competitors took part in the events. The day started with the Sprint Duathlon at 8:30am which was won by Jon Heasman from Powerbar. Athletes took part in order to gain a 30 second head start for the Full Duathlon in a Grand Prix-style start.

Marathon Fun In Sun – Milton Keynes Host International Event

Over 3,000 entrants signed up for the Skechers Performance Milton Keynes Marathon on Bank Holiday Monday 6 May with runners from all over the UK, Europe and the rest of the world.  The 26.2 mile course took in the best of Milton Keynes, including tree lined city centre boulevards and beautiful scenic lakes.

Reebok Spartan Race Report: Colorado Military Sprint

The elements proved to be the unknown factor in Colorado for the second annual Reebok Spartan Military Sprint this year. With competitors getting sunburned and dehydrated on the first day, to those suffering from hypothermia the following day, it certainly was an event that tested every single competitor to the limit.

Upcoming Races:

Connemara Adventure Challenge @ Killary Adventure Centre, Connemara, Co. Galway, Ireland on 11 May 2013

MHFS 6.66k for Men @ Strathclyde Country Park, Motherwell, North Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on 11 May 2013

Rat Race Dirty Weekend @ Burghley House, Stamford, Lincolnshire, United Kingdom on 11 May 2013

Race for Life Irvine 2013 @ Eglinton Country Park, Irvine, Strathclyde, United Kingdom on 12 May 2013

Color Bash – Cincinnati @ Mt Airy Forrest, Cincinnati, OH, United States on 12 May 2013


Featured Race:

The Nuts challenge 14K @ Swires Farm, Dorking, Surrey, United Kingdom on 31 August 2013

Nuts Challenge

Nuts Challenge

Race Information:

  • Distance (KMs): 14k
  • Distance (Miles): 9
  • Terrain/Type: Obstacle Race
  • Start Time: 10:20 AM
  • Best Time (Men): 02:00:23
  • Best Time (Women): 02:38:19
  • Organised By: Wayne Monkman

Race Description

The Nuts Challenge is run over a 7k obstacle course, with multiple laps available to those who want to increase their challenge to 14k, 21k or 28k.

We are permanently based at Dorking all year round so have over 60 obstacles including, several cargo net climbs, fences, gates, walls, pole slide, rope swing, barbed wire crawl, log balance, tyre wall, jump through tyres, rope wall, swamps, water slide and lots of tunnels. The lake section has two very unique pontoon crossings.

Click here for more information on the 2013 Nuts Challenge.

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Races in Pennsylvania (PA), USA courtesy of Add a race. Embed Map


Have an awesome running week – the team at Race-Calendar.

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