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Experiencing Running Past 50

Posted on by Harry Stevenson

Running Past 50 is fast approaching it’s 4th birthday. It has gone from strength to strength, not just with numbers attending either.  During the recent lockdowns the regulars stayed in touch with each other and even began to meet for a regular runs together.  Friendships have been forged and a real sense of community prevails. The regular Friday morning session takes place at the Olympic Legacy Park, 10:30am and is led by Accelerate Community Coaches Sarah and Simon. We caught up with a number of the regulars to gather their thoughts on their love of this amazing group.   How … Continue reading

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Testing 1-2-3

Posted on by Harry Stevenson

The Big Running Weekend is only around the corner. We have loads of different activities for all abilities across the entire weekend where you can come to as many sessions as you like. Not only do we have all of these fun activities, there will be a whole range of different test shoes that you can try on at the different sessions which you can find out by reading below. Test shoes available Trail shoes Saucony Peregrine 12  The Saucony Peregrine is an iconic sight in the trail running world. This incredibly versatile shoe is used and loved by many … Continue reading

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Coaching Running Past 50

Posted on by Harry Stevenson

Meet Sarah and Simon. They have been part of the Accelerate Community for many years now. Both started by attending Accelerate’s Woodrun group, which then developed into both of them completing the Leadership in Running Fitness Course (LiRF). This then lead them into leading their own group on a Friday morning. We’ve asked Sarah and Simon a few questions about their coaching Journey, so carry on reading to find out how they got involved. How did you get involved with the Accelerate community? Sarah – About 10 years ago I used to go to Accelerate’ s breakfast run which used … Continue reading

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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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So why do I run? A personal perspective from Harry Smith.

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Harry Smith is an Accelerate Community member and a regular at Running past 50, he shares his reason behind getting out the door for a run and its positive effect on his mental and physical health. ‘Pain is inevitable, Suffering is optional ‘The words of Haruki Murakami when talking about running. I started to run just 2 months short of my 72nd birthday. Dragooned into accompanying my 7-yearold Granddaughter on a park run As a fairly fit twice a week Derbyshire fell walker and numerous long-distance paths completed, i.e. Pennine Way and Coast to Coast, the thought of a 5-kilometre … Continue reading

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BP – Before Power

Posted on by Run Stu

  Running Power… go on then what do you think this actually means? Power, is nothing new in sporting terms as cyclists have been developing this as a means of training to a high level for some time.  In running it is still very much in its infancy. Garmin have had an app for a while yet the real pioneers have been Stryd.  When heart rate first came along back in the 80’s and into the 90’s it was a different story.  Take your average sports watch and add in heart rate – away you go. Then speed and distance … Continue reading

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Fundamentally Speaking

Posted on by Run Stu

  In just about every sport I can think of, coaching is part of the improvement process for the participant, yet not so often in running. I suspect because it is so much more of an individual sport and everyone can run, can’t they? Well, therein lies the question, there is running… And there is running.  And I am not talking about who is the faster. There does appear to be one very common thread throughout what people talk about, with regard to Running Objectives. This occurs across the spectrum of running participation, regardless of time spent running on a … Continue reading

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Why Do You Run? It’s Important to Understand…

Posted on by Run Stu

Many just don’t think about it, yet why do you run? For the joy of it, a healthy glow? To be with friends, to catch up after work? To reach new racing goals, to run faster for a PB? The truth probably lies in a mix of the above and will change through the year and most definitely during a life time of running. Yet it is still important to understand the ‘Mix’ as it should then help direct your purpose for training. We all like company when we train, it has been shown to benefit those searching for the … Continue reading

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The Runners ‘Quick Fix’ and the Performance Stool

Posted on by Run Stu

There is so much information about run training and racing that is readily available today. The trouble is knowing what is qualified and what is not.  Is it something based on fact and long time experience, or is it anecdotal and just something that worked the once? It really is a minefield. Then you add into the mix the fact that experts produce something that is correct yet very generic, or part of a more involved plan that therefore needs a more careful and thoughtful approach to tailor it to the individual. Yet more of a minefield. The availability of … Continue reading

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  • Accelerate Community - WoodRun, ATR & Juniors, Accelerate Your Speed and Running Past 50. Fun, healthy running groups for everyone. News and updates, plus the Gritstone Series.
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  • Guest Blogger - Special Guests who love to run and have something to say. Running, kit and gear, racing and adventures... anything goes, thank goodness!
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  • Run Stu - Accelerate Performance and Healthy Run Coaching, Heart rate, Periodisation, Strength & Stability. Business owner @accelerateuk Coach to #TeamAccelerate The open road, fell, moorland and high places. Sunny days, days the wind blows and rain is horizontal - 'You're Alive!' Twitter and Instagram: @RunStuCoach
  • 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 receive support from Scott Running and Inov8. The Team includes the 'Flamingos' coached group.

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