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Running at Christmas: Do’s and Don’ts

Running at Christmas: Do’s and Don’ts

The festive period is always a challenging time for us runners. As the calendar fills up with work parties and social gatherings, and the kitchen cupboard fills up with mince pies and yule logs, you’d be forgiven for over-indulging and missing out on some running!

But if you’re feeling extra determined this year, we’ve got some top tips to help you keep fit this Christmas, and some dangerous pitfalls to avoid!

Become an early riser
If your calendar is chock-a-block with parties, gatherings and family reunions, why not set an alarm and get your run done nice and early? It’s a great feeling having it under your belt and knowing the rest of the day is yours to relax! Will it be cold? Probably – but winter mornings can also be pretty beautiful things to behold.

Don’t be self-righteous 
You might be really enjoying the feeling of keeping fit while family members pour prosecco onto their cornflakes, but don’t go gloating! An endorphin-charged runner sitting on their high-horse is sure to ruffle some turkey feathers.

Get into the spirit
There are plenty of festive fun runs coming up in the next few weeks, so why not get yourself entered into one? Get some friends together, don your Santa hats and reindeer antlers and have a laugh with it!

Don’t expect any PBs
A few cheeky treats are inevitable and Christmas food is certainly more conducive to steady running than a max out effort! So don’t put too much pressure on yourself, just go out and enjoy running for the sake of running!

Merry Christmas and enjoy!

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Thousands coast to glory at sixth annual Bournemouth Marathon Festival
The 2018 Bournemouth Marathon Festival took place on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th October. The festival, which included a Marathon, Half Marathon 10K, 5K, and four Junior races, attracted in excess of 15,000 runners, each with their own reason for running.

The festival kicked off at midday on Saturday with the Kids’ Kilometre for 3-6 year olds. The morning rain did not deter hundreds of enthusiastic youngsters who took on the challenge along the Bournemouth coast, setting the tone for a fantastic day of running.

The 1.5K Junior race for ages 6-8 was next up, with the Jack Cooper first home in a time of 6 minutes and 8 seconds, while the first female was Isabella Garavini in a time of 6 minutes and 25 seconds.

The Junior 2K for ages 9-12 took place at 1.30pm, with Jon Pepin taking the win in a time of 7 minutes and 16 seconds. The first female was Daisy Wilkinson in a time of 7 minutes and 34 seconds.

The final Junior race of the day; the 5K for ages 11-18, saw two new course records set. Ben Brown raced to victory in a time of 16 minutes 57 seconds and the first female home was Holly Wilkinson in a time of 19 minutes and 1 second.

Continuing a breathless day of running, the Supersonic 10K saw yet another course record set as David Long raced home in an outstanding time of 30 minutes and 42 seconds. He was followed by Nick Marriage and Ben Lewis. The first female across the line was Bethan Francis, she finished in a time of 37 minutes and 45 seconds. Georgia Wood and Serena O’Connor took second and third respectively.

As dusk fell in Bournemouth, runners gathered for the final event of the day; the Supernova 5K. At 7pm, thousands set off, clad unashamedly in fluorescent gear and each donning an LED head torch, creating a stunning visual spectacle.

Emerging from the darkness to take first place was David Clark who finished in a time of 16 minutes and  10 seconds, denying eventual second placer Bayley Massey a third consecutive victory in the event, after wins in 2016 and 2017. Jamie Grose took third spot.

Lara Atkinson took her fourth successive victory in the Supernova 5K, racing home in a time of 18 minutes and 53 seconds. Izzy Rabjohns was second in 20 minutes and 12 seconds, with Lexie Brown finishing just fractionally behind to take bronze in 20 minutes and 13 seconds.

Also amongst the Saturday runners were superstar siblings Alanna and Taylor Dobson who completed the Kids’ Kilometre and the Junior 2K for the event’s official charity Macmillan Cancer Support. They were raising money in memory of their Grandad who sadly passed away from cancer before they were born. Their Dad Mike inspired the kids’ amazing fundraising efforts by running the 5K, 10K, Half and full Marathon at last year’s Bournemouth Marathon Festival! Read more on their JustGiving page here: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/taylorandalanna.

Layla Chandler ran the BMF Junior 1.5K for Back Up Trust who work to transform lives after spinal cord injuries. Back Up is a charity very close to home for Layla as her good friend Kevin has a spinal cord injury and has had some amazing opportunities thanks to the charity. Find out more and donate to Layla’s cause here: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/layla-chandler.

Sunday runners will have been glad to wake up to a clear, bright morning as they made their way to the start line in King’s Park.

The Half Marathon was first up at 8am. The race eventually saw Alex Van Tuyl of Clapham Chasers take the win in a speedy 1 hour 10 minutes and 14 seconds. He managed to edge ahead of Richard Waldron (1 hour 10 mins and 35 seconds) and Sean Hogan (1 hour 10 minutes and 48 seconds) who claimed second and third place. Afterwards, Alex said:

“That was a personal best by two minutes so I’m really pleased! Richard (Waldron) was in front for most of the race and I managed to overtake him on the final stretch along the pier. I loved the course and the event, it was really well organised.”

Alissa Ellis of Hailsham Harriers was the first female home in a time of 1 hour 24 minutes and 32 seconds. She was delighted after her win:

“I did not expect to win today, and this was a big personal best for me. I am training for a marathon so today has given me a lot of confidence. I loved the event, it was really well supported and well organised”.

Lucy Barnes (1 hour 25 minutes and 47 seconds) and Alex Lane (1 hour 26 minutes and 40 seconds) claimed the remaining female podium spots.

The final event of the 2018 festival was the Marathon, which got underway at 10am from King’s Park under brilliant blue skies.

Iain Trickett of Dorset Doddlers battled hard to eventually pull ahead and take victory in a time of 2 hours 25 minutes and 46 seconds. He spoke after his win: 

“It feels great to take the win, I knew there was going to be some good competition here today. Temperature-wise it was pretty much perfect today, the sun was out but it wasn’t too hot. The support was awesome, there aren’t many events on this scale where you have so many people out cheering you on and giving you high fives along the route, so I really enjoyed it.”

Iain was joined on the podium by Richard McDowell and David Hudson who finished with respective times of 2 hours 26 miutes and 49 seconds, and 2 hours 30 minutes and 40 seconds.

The female race was won by Sarah Hill of Farnham Runners in a time of 2 hours 55 minutes and 42 seconds. At the finish line, she said:

“It feels fantastic to win, I wasn’t expecting that at all. The route was lovely, I forget how beautiful Bournemouth is! I was leading from mile two so it was hard work, but the support was amazing out there and it really drove me on.”

Taking the second and third podium spots were Juliet Champion (3 hours 1 minute and 21 seconds), and Becky Atkinson (3 hours 1 minute and 37 seconds).

Further down the field were some incredible people running for some equally incredible causes.

Daisie Bryan ran the BMF Half Marathon for PAPYRUS UK. She explained:

“I decided to run and raise money for PAPYRUS after my cousin made the decision to take his own life on Wednesday 2nd May 2018. I find it hard to believe that until that horrible day I didn’t even know that suicide is the biggest killer of men aged 27 to 35.

“He was just 27 years old and if I can help prevent one family going through the tragedy we have, it will all be worth it. Until very recently I had never even gone for a jog before so today was a big step for me.”

You can read more and donate to Daisie’s JustGiving page here: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/daisie-eleanor-bryan.

Emma Bevan ran the Bournemouth Marathon for SANDS UK. She explained the motivation behind her Marathon effort:

“My beautiful Nephew Benedict was born sleeping in 2014 and during this incredibly tough time for my family, SANDS were there for all of us every step of the way, and continue to provide support and information. By entering the Marathon it was my chance to raise vital funds for SANDS in Benedict’s memory, to ensure that any other family who go through this trauma can also be supported as we have been.

“The death of a baby is not rare. Every day in the UK around 15 babies die before, during or soon after birth. That means every 90 minutes a family is faced with the devastation of the death of their baby.

“I started a long, and somewhat painful, training plan back in April, quit smoking and watched my fitness increase each day, so I’m so happy to have got to the finish line today.”

You can read more and donate via Emma’s Facebook page here: www.facebook.com/pages/biz/Emmas-Marathon-Mayhem-169178100456975/.

Sean Doran completed an incredible four events at this year’s festival, taking on the Supernova 5K and Supersonic 10K on Saturday, and the Half Marathon and Marathon on Sunday. He was raising funds for Asthma UK. You can read more and donate here: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/seandoran150.

Reflecting on an action-packed weekend of running, Sandra Scott, Race Director said:

“Yet again, I am left inspired by the dedication and courage of the participants who, having completed weeks and months of training, started and finished their very personal challenge this weekend. The journey that leads to this kind of accomplishment can often be both emotionally and physically tough and I want to say a massive congratulations to everyone who ran and who have contributed to over half a million pounds that has been raised for charities.

“My next thank you goes to all of the local residents and businesses of Bournemouth and Poole who supported the runners across the route.  A very heartfelt thank you also reaches out to the 1000 strong Event Team who have been there to support and ensure the safety and wellbeing of the runners this weekend.

“Bournemouth and Poole continues to prove itself to be one of the UK’s most beautiful running destinations, truly ‘running as it should be’ and we look forward to welcoming both new and returning runners to the event next year.”

2019 early bird entries open now!

For those who want to do it all over again next year, early bird entries for the 2019 event are open NOW! Grab a discounted entry for the 2019 Bournemouth Marathon Festival on 5th & 6th October today. Early bird entries will be available until midnight on Sunday 21st October: www.bournemouthmarathon.com.

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Talbot Heath Crowned Bournemouth Junior Champions
PUPILS from Talbot Heath are celebrating after they were revealed as the winners of last year’s Bournemouth Marathon Festival Junior Races competition.

The Headteacher, Angharad Holloway, presented a trophy to the winning team of Isabella Cox, Lexie Brown and Elle Read, as well as a £150 voucher to be used towards purchasing athletics equipment for the school.

Mrs Holloway said: “We are delighted that so many of our students took part in this race and managed to come out as the overall winners. An occasion like the Bournemouth Marathon Festival provides a great opportunity for our students to be active and have something to aim for. Bring on the 2017 event!”

Pupils from Talbot Heath School decided to take part in the Bournemouth Marathon Festival to help raise funds for their partner school in Rwanda. Over 230 members of the school community took part in various distances at BMF and collectively helped to raise over £8,500.

“The money made a huge difference to our partner school, helping to completely rebuild the roof and refurbish the girls’ dormitory, making it safe for the girls to attend the school. They even organised a 7k race which was attended by over 300 people in Rwanda.” said Mrs Holloway.

This year, organisers have launched a new initiative aimed at increasing the fitness and wellbeing of children in the Dorset area. The ‘Super Active Schools’ campaign will recognise and reward local schools who have entered the most pupils into the BMF junior races.

Race Director, Neil Kilgour said: “We are really keen to recognise and reward the achievements of the staff and pupils of local schools who have made such an effort to get more active. We are really proud that these races help make real change. After seeing the success of the Daily Mile, we realise it’s important to build on the momentum of keeping our children more active. We love encouraging kids to get involved with the BMF junior races as it provides an occasion where they can celebrate a sense of achievement as they cross the finish line. We love rewarding effort.”  

“The junior races at BMF cater for all ages and abilities, some will enter for the competition and some enter to be part of the festival feeling over the weekend. We will help them celebrate their fantastic effort with every child that crosses the finish line receiving a fantastic medal, top class t-shirt, goodybag, and a fantastic running experience.”

The junior races kick-start the Bournemouth Marathon Festival weekend on Saturday 7th October and provide a fantastic opportunity for children to be active, have fun and get involved in some healthy competition over the weekend.

Each finisher receives a medal, wicking technical finishers t-shirt, race recovery pack, chip timed result and a fantastic running experience.

Another record turn-out is expected at this year’s Bournemouth Marathon Festival Junior Races and entries are filling up fast. To enter, visit the website at www.bournemouthmarathon.com.

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On your marks for St Marks
PUPILS from St Marks Primary School in Swanage were celebrating this week as they found out their medal design was chosen as the winner of a Bournemouth Marathon Festival competition.

Local school children in the local area were asked to get their creative juices flowing and come up with some designs for the Bournemouth Marathon Festival junior race medals, for the event taking place this October 7th.

The organisers managed to single out 3 designs, which were them uploaded to their Facebook page and the public were then asked to ‘like’ the design which they deemed best.

St Marks Teaching Assistant & Running Coach, Paula Lawton-Archer, said: “We are delighted that our design won and will be transformed into a medal for this year’s event! The children were so pleased when they found out they had won.

There are a group of us taking part this year and we can’t wait to wear the medals with pride!” There are 4 junior races on offer as part of a packed weekend of running which also includes the Supernova 5k, Supersonic 10k, Half Marathon and Marathon. Over 500 kids took part in last October’s event, which was the biggest yet.

The winning team from St Marks Primary School will see their design transformed into a medal to be used across all of the junior races. They have also been awarded 10 free places to the event for the school children to use.

Annette Drummond, Marketing Director said: “Congratulations to St Marks Primary School on winning the Medal Design Competition. We were inundated with lots of fantastic designs from all over Bournemouth & Poole, but St Marks were the deserved winner and we can’t wait to take their design forward and create an ever-lasting medal which all of our junior runners can be proud of for years to come.”

“The Bournemouth Marathon Festival is now into its fifth year and is already established as one of the UK’s top autumn running festivals. It’s great to see children getting fully involved in the junior races. Better still when they get to watch mum and dad taking part in the other events. It really is a fantastic weekend for all the family.” Annette added.

The junior races kick-start the weekend on Saturday 7th October and are a great way for children to be active, have fun and get involved over the weekend. Each finisher receives a medal, wicking technical finishers t-shirt, race recovery pack, chip timed result and a fantastic running experience. 

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Five reasons runners love spring
After what seems like an eternity of cold, dark, wintry evenings, there’s finally some light at the end of the tunnel – the road race season is firmly in sight and spring is on its way! But what does this mean for us runners? Here are five reasons we love spring…

1. Calm after the storm
A wise man once said “You never appreciate spring until you’ve been through a tough winter.” – and it’s the months of battling inclement conditions that makes the longer days, lighter nights and increasing temperatures all the more sweet when they finally come around.

2. Combine work and play
Spring is a great time to build training into your daily commute. Make use of the longer days by integrating cycling or running into your journey and watch your training go to the next level!

3. More mac, less mill
While treadmills make a great alternative to outdoor running when winter really bites, there’s no substitute for running outdoors. The changing of the seasons is a great time to get out and get stuck into those forgotten routes from the heady days of summer last year!

4. Time to get serious
Spring marks the start of the road race season proper; a joyous time for all runners! So whether you’ve got a marathon, half marathon, 10K or any other race planned, it’s time to start harvesting the fruits of your labour, scooping up some medals, PBs and most importantly some memories that will last a lifetime!

5. Flower like a spring pansy
It’s time for you to come into your own, just like a spring flower. Get prepared to show off those blooming bulbs and brightly coloured petals that you’ve been tending to all winter.

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401 Runner Ben Smith to officially start the Bournemouth Marathon

401 MARATHON RUNNER Ben Smith (34) will be the official race starter of the 2016 Bournemouth Marathon on Sunday 2nd October.

Ben is close to the end of his remarkable challenge of running the equivalent of 401 marathons in as many days. The Bournemouth Marathon will be Ben’s 398th marathon.

The race starts at 10am on Sunday morning which will see thousands of runners set off from Kings Park and complete the coastal marathon route around Bournemouth and Poole.

Ben has currently raised over £165,000 for his two chosen Anti-Bullying charities Kidscape and Stonewall. Part of the 401 challenge is to raise awareness of the shocking effects bullying can have on an individual after Ben experienced bullying at boarding school which led to two suicide attempts and depression.

Since the challenge began, Ben has visited nearly 100 schools where he has delivered educational talks about the harmful effects of bullying.

“The Bournemouth Marathon is the only official marathon that I’m doing twice throughout my challenge so I’m incredibly honoured to be the official starter for the Bournemouth Marathon.” said Ben.

The Bournemouth Marathon Festival takes place on 1st & 2nd October. For more information visit www.bournemouthmarathon.com

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Viking Boat Men
Marathon voyage Guinness World Record attempt at Bournemouth
FOUR MEN are set to run the Bournemouth Marathon on October 2nd in a Viking Ship as part of their Knights4Charity charitable campaign.

Paul, Dave, Neil and Patrick are a team of four close friends who work together and share a real passion for supporting wonderful causes through daft endurance based challenges. Over the years, they have set 38 indoor rowing world records and raised nearly £40,000 for a number of charities.

The team have chosen to raise funds for Worldwide Cancer Research on their marathon voyage around Bournemouth in October.

“We chose to run the Bournemouth Marathon as I ran the half before so recommended it, but we are also attempting a Guinness World Record for the longest 5 man costume – which is going to be a Viking Ship, so it made sense to run by the sea!”

“Worldwide Cancer Research is a Charity that we have previously supported and all of us have either lost someone close to us or know someone that has lost a loved one.

“A small bit of pain whilst running in a costume is nothing compared to what an awful lot of people have to live with on a daily basis.” explained Paul.

The marathon is one of six events taking place across the weekend on 1st-2nd October as part of Bournemouth Marathon Festival.

All six races take place on fast, PB-potential courses and feature the unique chance to run to the end of Bournemouth’s historic pier and back.

Standard entries for the marathon close on Wednesday 31st August at 5pm and standard entries for 10k, 5K & junior races are set to close at 5pm on Wednesday 7th September. Find out more on the website at www.bournemouthmarathon.com and like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BournemouthMarathonFestival or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/RunBournemouth.

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