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  • (Biology) the process of change by which an organism or species becomes better suited to its environment.
  • the surroundings or conditions in which a person, animal, or plant lives or operates.


Ladies and Gentlemen… here’s a hard truth – RUNNING IS HARD WORK.

It’s so often overlooked.  But it is a fact.  We are organisms.  We react over time to our surroundings and more importantly, as runners, we respond to the demands of our environment.

If you sit still for 7 days a week, you can become world class at sitting still.  Your body takes note of your ‘environment’ and for efficiency, simply doesn’t waste time trying to be race ready just in case.

We’re way beyond outrunning lethal predators.  We no longer run to score food.  If there appears to be no need, there’s no ability.

No strength.  No circulation.  No form.  No recovery.

Doesn’t matter which movie you just saw.  Which blog (cough) you just read.  Inspiration matters not one jot – if you don’t allow the body to develop natuarally over time.

If a machine can’t perform at the required level, we build a better machine.  Swap a component.  Design a stronger machine from sctratch.  Use a more powerful fuel.

As organisms, we can’t do this.  We have to make slow gradual changes, learning how best to adapt while avoiding damage.

You have to maintain the process.  Your body will begin to adapt to a sedentary lifestyle the moment it can.  You can’t store fitness for long.  Your body doesn’t keep it on the back burner.

No training – no performance.  Over training – injury.  Slow gradual influence and constant requirement for little/often – gradual increase in performance.  Full stop.

Increase when you should.  Take note of the feedback your body gives you.  Understand your own individual strengths/weaknesses.

And perhaps most importantly – remember that no product can do this for you.  Running shoes and equipment make the PROCESS more fun, but they will not do the running for you.

Anything claiming otherwise is lies.




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(Don’t) know your limits! Go for it!!!

So, I’m an experienced runner. I’ve been running for about 10 years now, and with 5 marathons under my belt, I should be pretty confident. Should!
My running was initially road, hardcore training watching pace per mile and pounding the streets. Then I think I just got bored chasing the seconds and wanted a new challenge…along came trail running. Without doubt the new love of my life where running is about fresh air and freedom.
Sunday 28th October (as I write this, yesterday) was a whole new thing for me. I ran the Woodhead Mountain Rescue Grin n Bear It fell race, supported by Accelerate. I had contemplated it a few times, but then shied away from it. To seasoned fell runners, this probably seems a bit daft. However, I realised that I moved from road to trails and stayed within my safe trail zone: easy routes, fully waymarked and nothing too technical. This Grin n Bear It was a proper fell race, 16 miles of peat bogs, swampy grass, hills, mud, scrambling and requiring navigation. Not going to lie, I was nervous before hand.
It would have been really easy to back out, say I wasn’t fit enough or ready for the race, but I didn’t.. Okay, it wasn’t my fastest race. I wasn’t in the top 20% of finishers, but I’m pleased but I achieved something even better. I pushed myself out of my comfort zone, exposed conditions, extreme ground and tested out new kit. I BLOOMING LOVED IT! I’m up for the next challenge

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Do love a good hill #noshortcuts

I’d planned a leisurely weekend in the lakes with a mate, bit of parkrun tourism at Keswick….then get asked to help out with steel city striders’ relay team. They were a couple of ladies down due to injury for the British fell relay champs in Grasmere. Seemed like fate, given I was a mere 15 minutes away from race hq.

Felt absolutely shocking with a cold all week, bricking it about having stamina for a Race I knew nothing about, other than a big chuff off hill. Prepared? Not a chance! Still, I had base fitness and couldn’t not do it.

Race day was typical October lake district weather. Rain. Mist. Grey. Still there was a buzz of excitement in the air and as we lined up for leg 1, the crazy mix of emotions stirring. Let’s do this!

Tearing off from the start straight up a muddy bank, steam rising off us runners and lots of huffing and sliding. When we hit a flatter section relief quickly changed as a I realised my legs were jelly. Ha ha. Only 4.5 miles to go!! The trail was awesome with a gentle up with a few cheeky inclines, tracking a river as we climbed…and climbed…then more climb. We hit a scrambling, fun rocky section weaving around and rock hopping. Check point 2! We were directed left along what looked a flat, grassy section. “Looked”

Hidden from us due to heavy mist was a HUGE climb. Scrambling up steep shale, before crawling up steep incline we set up and up until…yay we reached the top! Awesome. Strong wind and rain at the top I needed windscreen wipers for for my eyeballs, we started down the super slippy grass descent. There was someone in a bad way half way down (hoping he is ok, slippy slidy grass and rocks are a crazy combo), but managed to trot on vertical towards the end. Quads burning, the trainers held in. loving these badboys (Scott kinabalu).

Wasn’t a fab of that demon climb just before the finish I’ll be honest but lived the sprint finish. What a race. 5.3 miles 2400ft elevation. When’s next year’s race….
Lessons learned? Go for it! #noshortcuts #teamaccelerate #teamacceleratescott

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Northern Masters 5K Road Championship Race Report – by Dot Kesterton

Dot Kesterton is no stranger to BUZZ, with plenty of experience, teaching runners half her age how it’s done!

Running for #TeamAccelerate, as well as Sheffield’s Steel City Striders & her local ladies club ‘Smiley Paces’ – she competes within the V60 category (outdoing many in the V50 & V40) and runs like she means it.







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Spen Greenway 10K Road Race Report – by Dot Kesterton

Dot Kesterton is no stranger to BUZZ, with plenty of experience, teaching runners half her age how it’s done!

Running for #TeamAccelerate, as well as Sheffield’s Steel City Striders & her local ladies club ‘Smiley Paces’ – she competes within the V60 category (outdoing many in the V50 & V40) and runs like she means it.







Spen Greenway 10K Road Race, incorporating Northern Masters 10K Championsips Sunday 16th September 2018 Race Report

I like a small, local, friendly event, full of enthusiastic runners of all ages and abilities – supported by partners, kids and passers by so this race in Cleckheaton last Sunday was just right with only 138 runners.

The NMAC runs a series of events throughout the year on track and road and occasionally on fell.  This one was attached to the local club in Cleckheaton.  It’s an out and back course along a tarmac surfaced disused railway line, only 270’ of elevation and of course, traffic free.  My last Championship 10K was hilly and done in sweltering temperatures, so it was refreshing to try a cooler and flatter course of the same distance.

My goal was to knock a couple of minutes off my BMAF 10K time of 49:32 set six weeks ago in Stoke.  I was aiming for just under 8 minute mile pace, trying to keep my heart rate down.  For those of you who know and have run with me I appear only to have two settings, stop and go.  As soon as the signal was given I set off in my usual startled ferret fashion as if my life depended on it, rattling the first mile out in 7:12.  Trying to keep my heart inside my body I sensibly eased off for the next two before the turn.  Then it was a case of homeward bound so up went the HR and the pace.  The last half mile was a ragged affair, just trying to hold it all together.

I’m delighted to have earned my season’s best time of 46:14, knocking more than three minutes off my previous race and averaging 7:24 minute mile pacing, though average HR was through the roof at 171bpm.  It was enough to give me first FV65 and NMAC Gold.  I later discovered thanks to Spreadsheet Superman, Mick Wall, that the same time on the World Masters competition would have earned a gold medal.  Never mind.  Cleckheaton is a fun place to be in September.  Who needs Malaga eh?

The NMAC 5K road Championships are on Sunday 30th September in Leeds.  Join me if you fancy a three lap course on tarmac at the Brownlee Cycle Circuit.


Dot Kesterton

18th September 2018.

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