Photograph: Andy Waterman The very first parkrun was held in early October 2004, when 13 runners got together and tackled 5K around Bushy Park in London. This weekend, when parkrun celebrates its 13th birthday, more than 200,000 runners and volunteers across 1,200 events and 17 countries will be taking...
Running shoes can come a cropper when they try to appeal to too many different people. Different runners want different things, whether that’s the amount of cushioning a shoe has, or its overall weight, or its offset – the difference in height between the heel and forefoot. A...
Royal Parks Foundation Half Date for the diary: 8th October 2017 What is it? One to make you feel proud to be a Londoner. A 13.1-miler (21.1km) that raises vital funds for the Royal Parks and all the sport, education, art, wildlife and more that they look after. That oughta make...

Fartlek: HIIT for Runners

High-intensity interval training (HIIT) might be all the rage in fitness circles nowadays, but Swedish runners have been practising a form of HIIT ever since the ’30s, when the Fartlek system of running was developed. Fartlek means “speed-play” in Swedish, and once you get over any amusement at...
Committing to training for a marathon can result in a slew of changes to your lifestyle, the most notable of which being that you’re going to start running a whole lot more (if that comes as a surprise, maybe this whole marathon thing is a bad idea). Your diet...
Having a target time is in no way necessary to enjoy taking part in a half marathon, but for many people the joy of covering 22.1km with hundreds or thousands of others is magnified by simultaneously smashing a personal goal. If your target time for the distance is...
The start line of any major running event is a great place to scout out your next pair of running shoes since, in theory, those around you will be runners of a similar ability wearing their race-day favourites. However, over the next 12 months this start-line scouting might...
Smartwatches have struggled to find a niche over the past couple of years, but it seems that manufacturers have now firmly settled on fitness as the best focus for their fancy wearables, with the launch of several new sports-focused smartwatches. The Fitbit Ionic, Samsung Gear Sport and Garmin Vivoactive...
For Charlie Lewis, running is about far more than keeping fit or clearing his head. It’s about the freedom to explore the world around him and challenging his body to achieve ever greater feats. Lewis knows better than most the benefits of running; he had to endure ten...
Whether it’s a local 5K or a major half marathon like the Great North Run, having a fixed event on the calendar is a great way to motivate yourself to be more active. That holds true for rank amateurs and former Olympians alike. Katharine Merry, who won bronze in...