December 2013

News - The Grand National For Runners

Grand NationalTaking place entirely within the grounds of Aintree Racecourse, the home of the Grand National, the Grand 10K Run at Aintree looks likely to emerge as one of the most unique races in the northern calendar. The inaugural event, organised by Sports Tours International, is set for Sunday 22 September.

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News - Tony The Fridge Nears Half Way

Tony Phoenix-MorrisonThis weekend saw Tony 'The Fridge' Phoenix-Morrison pass through his home city of Newcastle as he attempts to make the incredible journey from John O'Groats to Land's End. As ever, Tony is running with a 42.5kg fridge strapped to his back to raise money for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

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Runtalk - Why Mo Farah Must Attempt A World Record

Mo FarahWhere now should we rank Mo Farah in the history of running? It is a question that has been rumbling through the media and across internet forums since another incredible distance double at last week's World Athletics Championships. By winning 5000m and 10,000m gold in Moscow he repeated his feats of the 2012 London Olympics and won his 10th major championship on the track. It left most experts debating his status in the sport, not just in the modern era, but all-time...

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Runtalk - The King Of parkrun

Darren WoodWith 413 finishes under his belt, Darren Wood has completed more parkruns than anyone else in the world. To put this into perspective, Darren has notched up more runs than the 384,714 others who have taken part in the weekly, 5k event that first began nine years ago.

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Competition - Great French Riviera Marathon Prize

Riviera MarathonCheck out our brilliant new competition with a prize of a trip for two to the French Riviera marathon - (flights, accommodation and race entry) courtesy of partners Sports Tours International.

To find out more, and to enter, visit our competition page. Good luck!

Poll - What Is the Biggest Hazard When Running?

Forfar Multi-Terrain Road RunnersThis month we turn our attention to the perils that runners face on canal paths and pavements everywhere...

Daft Dogs coming in as the most hazardous, followed by Potholed Pavements this month, with Preoccupied Pedestrains considered the third biggest problem.

Let us know what you think about the most hazardous aspect of running over on our polls page!

Race Listing

River Rat RaceLast weekend's race results are now available online at northernrunningguide.com.

Big weekend of racing ahead with half marathons in Fleetwood and Lancaster, and an adventure race in Stockton. Fleetwood half marathon is a flat, rural, one-lap race, running along the Lancashire walkways and Fleetwood promenade. Wagon & Horses half marathon in Lancaster takes in some scenic coastal views across the Lune and is a friendly event for first time and experienced runners alike. The route is flat and fast and is an out and back with a loop at Caton.

Those wanting to make a splash should head to Stockton for the River Rat Race. Described as 'an obstacle course with a twist', participants will swim, wade, crawl, climb, jump, splash and run around the 10K riverside race on the River Tees, accessing iconic structures en-route.

Check out the results and upcoming events on our race listing page here.

Don't forget that you can also add your race's details to our event listings by signing up here, and good luck to everyone racing over the coming week!

Current Issue - Summer Edition

Northern Running Guide Summer 2013 CoverThe 96-page summer issue of NORTHERN RUNNING GUIDE is now available from all our usual outlets.

This issue features an exclusive interview with the man who founded the Spartan Races. Read a preview here

You can also expect a running route in Durham, summer race listing and and an in depth look at running in North Yorkshire and Humberside.

Keep an eye out for the new edition and let us know what you think on Facebook or Twitter!

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