Category: walking & running

The time had finally come, all the Sunday mornings getting up early and going for a long run had come to this. It was just after midday and the weather looked perfect as we arrived at Freckleton Cricket Ground for my first ever half Marathon. Wendy had come along to support me which I was grateful for as I was feeling a bit out of my comfort zone. Everything was very well organised and I had soon collected my race number and chip timer (which was firmly attached to my…

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It’s always the same isn’t it, that stupid excited feeling you get as your first holiday of the year arrives. So it was a few weeks ago when we ventured once more to the beautiful Isle of Anglesey and 2.5 hours later we were unloading a small expeditions worth of gear into ‘Bethan’s Corner’, the cottage at Ty Cristion that was to be our base for the coming week. We were so relaxed it took us a while to get going. The bait was keeping well in the fridge and…

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It’s been a while since I rambled on about anything on here as I’m fairly sure everyone else in the country is as bored of the crappy weather as I am and let’s face it, the BBC and TV in general can do much better coverage than I can but… I’m British damn it and I will not let a little bit of weather stop me. I will go running, fishing, have a BBQ or whatever even if I get hypothermia while doing it, Mother Nature be damned! So, quick…

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It can be tricky finding new walking shoes as there are numerous brands and types to choose from, plus it can be tough knowing which ones are the best possible quality you can buy.  Our favourite brand for walking shoes and boots is Merrell, who time and again deliver on quality in terms of performance, support and durability; here’s a run-down of what we think are the best three Merrell walking and hiking shoes: Merrell Moab GORE-TEX Shoes The Merrell MOAB GTX Shoes are incredible multi-purpose footwear ideal for walking…

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We arrived at Caldervale Village Hall around 9am last Sunday (17th Feb) for our first ‘official’ trail run, Muddy Shoes 2013, organised by Steve Ashcroft / Shoestring Results (ukroadraces) where we met up with a few of the Chorley Sweatshop Running Community crew from the beginners trail running group. The weather was glorious, no coats required and after collecting our race numbers, map and some deliberately vague directions both groups (5 and 11 mile) set off from the bridge in the village centre to be ‘greeted’ by the steepest damn…

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Who would have thought that only 4 months after starting to run we'd be entering a 10k race. I'm still surprised myself but it was the exact anniversary of us 'giving up smoking' and it felt like the right way to celebrate our new found fitness and health. Mad Dog 3, Judgement Day, was organised by Southport Hesketh Round Table and as it couldn't be much closer to our house unless it started from our front door this was to be our first race. We got up early, fuelled up…

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Blog entries have been conspicuous by their absence these past few months due to a combination of not really getting any fishing done since our visit to Anglesey last year and the weather being too grim to even contemplate going out for a stroll never mind a ‘proper’ walk. We have been getting out and about though but in a completely different way… We’ve taken up running and much to my surprise let alone anyone else’s were enjoying it immensely. It is one of those things that we can do…

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Well the weather in the UK has certainly been throwing us a few interesting days, days on which any self respecting person would wake up, take one look outside and go back to bed. That is unless, like us, they’ve discovered trail running. We’ve been running with SRC Chorley (Sweatshop Running Community) for a while now and follow them on the usual social media networks; Twitter, Facebook, you know the ones. A few weeks ago Mandy put up a post about a beginners trail run of about 3-4 miles so…

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I've endured all sorts of injuries getting to the ripe old age of nearly 46, from broken wrists as a child (3 times) to strained shoulders due to bad technique while surf casting but I've never experienced the frustration of having an injury that truly stops me doing something I like doing. At the end of last year, the 27th December to be precise, I stupidly continued running up hill during a gentle Sweatshop Running Community session in Chorley. We were doing 20 minutes out and 20 minutes back to…

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It was with a little trepidation but much excitement that we left the house yesterday morning for our first ever 5 kilometre race. This was our first target and marked the end of our ‘couch to 5k’ programme. We arrived early as I wasn’t exactly sure where to park or how a Parkrun was organised but we soon saw other runners arriving at Avenham Park cafe and after seeing someone putting out signs and having a quick chat we waited, a little nervously for things to start. The race director…

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