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About Team Accelerate

Is a group of runners supported by Accelerate Running Co, they train hard, race harder but most of all have fun together as a team. They recive support from Scott Running and Inov8 and includes the Hot Flamingos coached group. Anything from kit testing and reviews to race reports and how training sessions have gone.

Running and Music, a perfect harmony by Will Burton

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Will Burton is a member of Team Accelerate-SCOTT, and regularly trains with the watchful eye of coach Stu. However Will is also incredible when it comes to playing the Tuba, so amazing in fact he made it to the finals for Young Muscian of the Year for Brass instruments. Post competition Will has put pen to paper with his thoughts on the correlation between running and music. With music, just like running, I feel it is always important to push yourself. In both disciplines, finding new challenges brings about the greatest improvement.   I was certainly nervous before the competition, … Continue reading

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Dig Deep!

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Dig Deep. Yep, that pretty much sums it up. What is doesn’t say though is “yeeeees! I did it!” I’ve not had what you’d call an ideal build up, what with spraining my right ankle in March and then a stress fracture in the left ankle early June. I’m not going to lie, I was a little anxious. July onwards I’d resisted the urge to wrap myself in cotton wool AND bubble wrap and got out on the hills training. Sometimes, the mental battle was every bit as hard as the physical one. Those inner voices of “you’re not fit … Continue reading

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Smashing Hathersage Hurtle through PMA & focused rehab

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Today, Saturday 18 May, was a pretty epic day all in all. Just 7 weeks ago, I sprained my ankle. It looked like an elephant club foot, so attractive! Having to pull out of the four inns ultra was crap. Facing weeks without being able to run wasn’t any better. Those of you who know me well will be well aware I’m determined and ‘strong willed’ (polite way of saying stubborn). I’ve used this as a positive over the last few weeks, with the hathersage hurtle as my immediate goal for rehab and oh my God, have I worked hard … Continue reading

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Thanks Chumbawumba

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It’s been over a week now since I hurtled to the trail in the woods courtesy of those blooming tree roots, resulting in one very badly sprained ankle. Thursday 21st March will be etched in my mind for a while yet. Thursday was a bit of blur: a combination of shock, adrenaline and codeine. Trying to work out how I get coffee from the kitchen to sofa while on crutches is not great on codeine brain. Friday was reality hitting. Ouch. Ankle blooming hurt, swolen like an elephant’s foot and the reality dawning of being unable to run the ultra … Continue reading

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Argh. It was all going so well!

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Sunday 17th March, my last long run of training complete! 25 steady miles bagged. Now, let the taper begin! I treated myself to a deep tissue massage Wednesday night. On Thursday morning’s easy run I’m feeling good, listening to birds singing. I headed down to the wood trail towards the river, then out of nowhere, I’d slid on a gnarly and muddy tree root. A crunch. Ouch. I was on the floor. You know when you do the quick check? Body scan…is everything ok? I sat for a minute on a tree stump, then decided to be sensible. Steady run … Continue reading

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We might be crazy…

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Running is a weird old thing. My family and non-running friends think I’m nuts half the time. Often ask me why I bother, why don’t I just enjoy chilled Sundays…sound familiar? I set myself a challenge last year and with 3 other crazies, entered to run the four inns 65km race. as a team of 4. It’s an epic route, literally up hill and down dale, starting in Holmbridge and finishing in Buxton. The response from my sister is the best so far, “Really? Do you know how far that is?”. Sure. Its a half marathon with a half marathon … Continue reading

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run-itude!

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On Saturday I turned 50. Okay, a parkrun birthday and not actually 50, but still a great milestone. I celebrated with lovely running chums at Bakewell parkrun and it was fab. Not so long ago, parkrun for me was a race, only to be done to smash it and get a PB or close to it. No wonder I found them tough going and didn’t really enjoy them. Somewhere along the line I had a word with myself. Parkrun is about soooo much more. Sometimes I race hard. Others I rock up for a leisurely plod, catch up with friends … Continue reading

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reflecting, learning, achieving….

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Out on my long run yesterday, I found myself reflecting. This time last year it looked like running distances over half marathons runs were no longer an option, but after a month or two of drastically reduced mileage, I was still in pain with my back, and miserable too. Sack this! Yoga, strength work and really steady mileage and endurance build – either that or go mad! It paid off and in the end 2018 was actually pretty ace. I achieved 3rd place female at the LadyBower Trail Marathon in June, entering trail races ‘for fun’ and really enjoying them … Continue reading

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#inov8month – 2018 Race Review

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  2018 Race Recap!   2018 has been a great year of running for me! I’ve run over 4,000km for the first time ever and had some good results on the road and the fells. Here are some of the key races from my 2018 year of running:   February 18th – Ilkley Moor fell race – Yorkshire Senior and U23 Fell Running Champs I turned 23 this July so decided to have a final go at the Yorkshire U23 Championships, which this year took place at Ilkley Moor fell race. I had a good run in last year’s champs, … Continue reading

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Thermoshell Pro Full Zip Women’s Running Jacket – Reviewed

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  #inov8month With the winter getting colder and the wind picking up out in the hills it’s time to reach for a warm jacket and get outside.  The Inov8 Thermoshell Pro has quickly become a favourite of mine and is ideally suited to cold outings whether you’re just out walking in the hills or competing in a mountain marathon. It is also my go-to pre/post-race cover up as it delivers warmth without being too bulky. The Thermoshell uses PrimaLoft Black Insulation ThermoPlume which means it is as soft and compressible as natural goose down but its water-resistant finish means that … Continue reading

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  • Team Accelerate - Is a group of runners supported by Accelerate Running Co, they train hard, race harder but most of all have fun together as a team. They recive support from Scott Running and Inov8 and includes the Hot Flamingos coached group. Anything from kit testing and reviews to race reports and how training sessions have gone.

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