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Special Guests who love to run and have something to say. Running, kit and gear, racing and adventures... anything goes, thank goodness!

Rosie Elmore tribute & 37th Essar Four Villages Half Marathon – by Dot Kesterton

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This week, Dot sent me this piece, which as ever, features more of her incredible running achievement, but also sad news about the loss of Rosie Elmore, one of Sheffield’s most popular pillars of the running community and inspiration to all who met her.  While I never had the pleasure, I hear nothing but praise and admiration for a woman who took life by the scruff of the neck. My thoughts are with her family – who I know will be fiercely proud of her legacy.   37th Essar Four Villages Half Marathon 19th January 2020 Race Report Unsurprisingly there … Continue reading

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‘The Basics’ – Gloves

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‘The Basics’ – a regular look at the simple elements which make running gear useful to the runner. Explanations for those who don’t yet know, along with some facts to cut through the marketing nonsense out there, of which there is plenty! Part one was Midsoles Part two was Outsoles Part three was Hydration   This time it’s Gloves. They cover your hands.  Durrr.   But there are a lot of conditions to consider. Your hands don’t want to be cold. So gloves ought to keep the cold out. But hands get warm.  Hands give off moisture/humidity. Cold gloves meet … Continue reading

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Gritstone Fixtures: Round Ten – Grin N Bear It Fell Race

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The main points: Grin n Bear It 2019: The 10th and final race of the 2019 Gritstone Series. The race will start and finish at Langsett Barn, Langsett, Stocksbridge, S36 4GY. Race date: Sunday 27th October 2019, 10am (registration open from 8:30am). Entry is £10 in advance, £12 on the day. Entry fee includes hot meal and drinks at the end of the race. The route: 27km with 890m of ascent Please note that the route is different since 2017 due to issues with land access. Please bring full kit as required by FRA rules.  A decision will be made … Continue reading

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Gritstone Fixtures: Round Eight – Curbar Commotion

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The race will start and finish at Curbar Primary School, Calver Bridge, S32 3XA Saturday 5th October 2019, £7 entry fee (£6 pre entry) minimum age 18/maximum number of runners 350 10am start – registration from 8.30am Category BM, 9.8 miles/415 metres ascent Runners must arrive on the start line by 9.45am so we can complete a briefing, headcount and kit checks as appropriate For any reason you decide to not take part after you have registered please inform organisers ASAP Limited car parking will be available at various sites in the area Toilets will be available and belongings can … Continue reading

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The Ladybower 50 Ultra Series : A Virtual Recce

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Year on year I have hosted a recce of The Ladybower 50 Ultra Series. It has always been a fun little run, but this year life has conspired to keep us all very busy at Accelerate and there simply isn’t time. So, not to be out-done, I’ve elected to provide you with a ‘virtual recce’ of sorts. A little guide to the event, the course and a few hints at tackling this event with confidence. Ladybower 50 is a number of things.  It’s a picturesque event in the Peak District, right outside Sheffield and based around the Derwent Valley – … Continue reading

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Gritstone Fixtures: Round Seven – Longshaw* Fell Race

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  Okay, it’s the last ‘Short’ race of the series.  Last chance to qualify if you’d so far only done 3 of the 4 mandatory short events. After this, it’s on to the ‘Long’ stuff.  More about that later in the year. For now, the race is Longshaw.  *Or to give it the full name, Longshaw Sheepdog Trials Fell Race.  So named because (as you might have deduced) it’s part of a larger event which takes place throughout the same weekend – the Longshaw Sheepdog Trials.   The blurb: Round 7 (Short): Longshaw Sheepdog Trials Fell Race, Saturday 31st August, 10:30am … Continue reading

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When PMA needs a little help… – by Caroline French

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Caroline French runs for and represents the Accelerate ‘Community’.  As part of Team Accelerate, she not only blogs, but also attends events, group runs (well, coffee & cake afterwards) and sessions in the Accelerate store. Earlier this year (2019) Caroline suffered an injury which forced her to miss an ultra distance event she’d trained avidly for.  since then, try as she might, she’s ridden a very bumpy road. But she has remained focused and determined.  Positive beyond all expectation. Her attention now rests on another ultra event…             When PMA (Positive Mental Attitude) needs a … Continue reading

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‘The Basics’ – Hydration

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‘The Basics’ – a regular look at the simple elements which make running gear useful to the runner. Explanations for those who don’t yet know, along with some facts to cut through the marketing nonsense out there, of which there is plenty! Part one was Midsoles Part two was Outsoles   This one’s quick, but very important. In a nutshell: Hydration is the process of consuming and storing water. It is vital for the efficient running of all our bodily functions and maintaining a healthy/safe temperature. Drinking water is good for you, especially when exercising.  Very especially on hot days, … Continue reading

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Gritstone Fixtures: Round Six – Salt Cellar Fell Race

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  Another day, another fell race…. And another incredible fixture in the 2019 Gritstone Series – supported once again by inov-8 All Terrain Running! Without further ado… Salt Cellar Fell Race:     Official stats: Round 6 (Short): Salt Cellar Fell Race, Friday 2nd August, 7:00pm Start under Dam at north end of Ladybower Reservoir, register at Fairholmes, GR SK 173893 Distance: 10.9km / 6.8m Climb: 486m / 1594ft £6 pre entry https://www.webscorer.com/register?raceid=118232 or £9 on day Records: Tom Saville (2015) – 49:34 and Judith Jepson (2013) – 62:08 Race Organisers: www.steelcitystriders.co.uk Proceeds to Edale Mountain Rescue   The course: LK – Local Knowledge … Continue reading

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‘The Basics’ – Clothing

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‘The Basics’ – a regular look at the simple elements which make running gear useful to the runner. Explanations for those who don’t yet know, along with some facts to cut through the marketing nonsense out there, of which there is plenty! Part one was Midsoles Part two was Outsoles Today – it’s clothing. There’s clothing and there’s clothing. We’ll use the common T-Shirt, or ‘Tee’ as our example. For running purposes, there are certain priorities: Moisture Management Temperature Regulation Bacteria Management Anti-Chafe Weather Resistance UV Protection Use within a layering system… Let’s take a look at these criteria in … Continue reading

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