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

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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 … Continue reading

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

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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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SIERRE-ZINAL MOUNTAIN RACE – Race Report by Dot Kesterton

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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.             For her latest adventure, Dot has pulled out all the stops.  Click the picture below to read about her amazing time racing at the SIERRE-ZINAL MOUNTAIN RACE in SWITZERLAND. Click the image to read the full story on … Continue reading

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Trentham 10K/BMAF Champions – by Dot Kesterton

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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.  Returning from injury over the last couple of years, it’s a pleasure to see signs of a return to form, with no indication that we’ve seen the last of Dot Kesterton on the medals list…         Trentham 10K Road race incorporating … Continue reading

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Going long at Ladybower

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Despite running for almost 15 years, it’s been over a decade since my last official marathon. Indeed, the 2018 Ladybower Trail Marathon was my first ever off-road attempt at this distance. A venture into the unknown. To attempt this at Ladybower reservoir was particularly special for me as I spent so much of my early years as an athlete running and cycling around its shores. It was made extra special by the beautiful summer weather we got to enjoy on race day. With not a breath of wind in the air, and the sun beating down, it was more akin … Continue reading

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(Not) Keeping up with Kilian!

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On the 8th July 2018, history was made in England. The record for the Bob Graham Round, a fell-running challenge in the Lake District comprising 66 miles of rough terrain traversing 42 summits, was emphatically broken. The previous record set by Cumbrian fell runner Billy Bland in 1982, a blistering time of 13hr53mins, stood unchallenged for 36 years, leading many to believe that it would never be broken. Pretty lucky then that on the eve of an attempt by the best mountain/ultra-runner the world has arguably ever seen I happened to be staying just 2km from Keswick, where the challenge … Continue reading

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Running Hot

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The weather forecast says ‘Hot, Hot, Hot’. Today is race day and over the last couple of weeks the weather has been warm, yet in an effort to be ‘sensible’ and to be able to run at your usual training speeds you’ve simply avoided the heat and missed training.  Is this the right thing to have done? Often, runners fear the heat and just avoid training at all and then rock up to their target race, lacking any sort of ‘heat training’ and therefore acclimatisation. So what can we do? How We Keep Cool Our bodies are constantly adapting to … Continue reading

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Leave it in ‘Park’

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  This weekend I re-visited my local Parkrun.  Hillsborough Parkrun. Last time was in 2015, which I find hard to believe. Anyway, I remember that I set off too quickly and almost blew up, so this time I thought I’d use the run to build up slowly.  It does involve 3 laps of the park, so I had plenty of room to improve as I went. I’ve been a little out of shape recently, as we’ve a 9month old baby at home and all the associated obstacles. That said, with the circumstances surrounding that 2015 slog, I thought I’d stand … Continue reading

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Putting the ‘Eeek!’ in Peakrunners – 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 and sessions in the Accelerate store.  She’s about to focus on completion of an event supported by Accelerate, the Peakrunnrs Ladybower Trail Marathon.  This is part one of what we hope will be a series, recording her progress, with an eventual race report for good measure. Enjoy.                     Eeek, so I’ve entered the Scott supported Peakrunners Ladybower Trail Marathon – 30 June. Train, race, recover ….repeat. … Continue reading

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