• Garmin are the Official Wearable Technology Partner of the Great Run Series for a second year

    Garmin Wearables Great Run Series Sponsor Sundried

    Global technology brand Garmin are gearing up for their second year collaboration with the UK’s biggest mass participation running event series, Great Run.

    The three-year partnership covers all Great Run events across the country for both adults and children including the Simplyhealth Great Newham London Run, Europe’s biggest 10K - the Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run, which is this year being ran by Sir Mo Farah; and the world’s biggest half marathon - the Simplyhealth Great North Run.

    New for 2018, Garmin have been announced as the title sponsor for the Great Ireland Run which includes 5K, 10K, Mini and Junior events. Taking place on Sunday 15th April, thousands of runners of all ages and abilities will make their way through the spectacular surroundings of Europe’s largest urban park, Phoenix Park in Dublin.

    Garmin has a rich heritage in running technology, with the first Garmin forerunner 101 launching in 2003. The brand has built strong relationships with the running community over the years and understands the technological needs of runners of all ability.

    Garmin’s Head of Marketing Richard Daish said: “We are delighted to be continuing our partnership with Great Run and to be named as the title sponsor of the Great Ireland Run. With the Run Series’ wide range of distances and our diverse range of products ranging from beginner to elite level, we are dedicated to supporting and encouraging runners of all abilities. Last year, we saw thousands of runners push themselves to Beat Yesterday, we hope that 2018 we can inspire even more”.

    The Great Run series has had more than four million people take part since it began in 1981, with events ranging from family activities to 5K, 10K, half marathons and marathons. The events offer competitors of all abilities the chance to take part and compete against the world’s best athletes – as well as raising millions of pounds for charity.

    This year’s series will commence with the Junior Great Edinburgh Winter Run on Saturday 13th January, followed by events taking place in cities throughout the UK and Ireland including Edinburgh, Dublin, Birmingham, Manchester, Bristol and London. The 2018 series will conclude with the Simplyhealth Great South Run on Sunday 21st October, which was last year opened by Garmin ambassador and double Olympic champion, Dame Kelly Holmes.

    Nicky Homes, commercial director of the Great Run Company said, “We're delighted to extend our partnership with Garmin for the second year. Like us, Garmin believes in supporting everyone as they work towards achieving their own personal activity goals and we are sure this will resonate with runners taking part in the event.”

    To find our more or to enter a Great Run event visit www.greatrun.org.

    Posted by Alexandra Parren
  • Bearbrook Running Club 10k Race Report

    Bearbrook 10k Running Race

    Bearbrook Running & Triathlon Club is based in Aylesbury and boasts 300 loyal members. Each year the club hosts the annual Bearbrook 10k running race which starts and finishes at Aylesbury Rugby Football Club near Wendover in the Chilterns region. This was my first race away from my home county so I was excited to see what was on offer.

    The Course

    The course was one of the best I've ever done for a 10k race! It is described as 'fast and fairly flat' but I was in for a treat. My home county of Essex is deathly flat and running can become a bore, so undulating hills are something I enjoy to mix it up. The first 2 miles of the 10k took us runners through beautiful countryside and an idyllic village reminiscent of the Cotswolds. As we took a left turn out of the village, the marshalls uttered the dreaded words "That's right! Up the hill you go!" and I thought okay, time for a challenge. I do like running uphill so I wasn't too worried. The hill was a long, gradual incline which meant it didn't take the wind out of my sails too much and none of the runners were having to walk it. Upon reaching the top there was a short downhill stretch which was a nice reward. However, the next marshall I passed then said something I wasn't ready for: "Great! Just 3 more hills and then the home stretch!" Three more hills! I was up for the challenge. The great thing about the hills was that they weren't too steep and they meant the time flew by. There was always a slight descent after each one so that I could get my breath back a bit before tackling the next one.

    After reaching the top of the final hill I felt great, and when a marshall said "That's it! Downhill all the way now!" I looked at my watch and thought, "Really? 2 whole miles all downhill?" and that was absolutely the case! 2 glorious miles powering downhill a gentle decline which meant my joints and muscles were not put under too much pressure but I was able to run at my fastest pace and make up the time I had lost slogging up the hills.

    The final 0.2 miles are back inside the Rugby Club grounds and are round the field. It was reminiscent of school cross country which was not pleasant and was on grass so I had to consciously keep pushing round. I could hear the announcer over the speakers from around a mile away from the finish so it was very encouraging to get to the end. The support at the finish was great and it made the perfect end to a perfect race.

    Organisation

    I was utterly impressed by how well organised this race was. There was an abundance of marshals which meant every road crossing was safe and I never had to hesitate or slow down my pace. They were all incredibly friendly and supportive and it added a great atmosphere to the race. The announcer at the start line was witty and put the racers at ease before the big race. There were ample toilet, parking, and food facilities on offer meaning everything was taken care of.

    Results and Prizes

    The winner for 2017 was Matthieu Marshall of Southampton AC in a time of 00:32:42. I thought I might get a PB as the last 3 miles were so fast but I was 1 minute off thanks to taking the hills a little too slow in the first 3 miles. There was a branded mug for every finisher but no medal which I was rather disappointed about! There were free sports drinks, water bottles, and snacks for every finisher too which was a lovely touch.

    I was hugely impressed by this race and I thoroughly enjoyed my time here! I would definitely recommend this race to others and I will probably make my way back for next year! Bearbrook Running Club is hosting its inaugural duathlon in September which should also make for a great race.

    Posted by Alexandra Parren
  • Running Legend Kathrine Switzer Completes New York City Marathon 2017

    Running Marathon Race Men and Women

    While leading a group of 13 dedicated runners from Team 261 Fearless through the five boroughs of New York, women’s running pioneer Kathrine Switzer completed the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon today, posting another amazing milestone in her legendary long-distance running career by running the NYC Marathon and this past April’s Boston Marathon in her fifth decade of competitive running. At the age of 70, she ran a time of 4:48.

    About Kathrine Switzer

    An iconic athlete, author, and advocate for sports and social causes, Kathrine Switzer was the first woman to officially enter and then run the Boston Marathon. Switzer has been honored for her achievements, most recently for running the Boston Marathon on the 50th anniversary of her historic run in 1967 and for her induction to the USA National Women’s Hall of Fame which recognized her for creating positive social change throughout her storied career. The ramifications of this work is both joyful and profound, changing forever the face of sports, health, creating opportunities for women around the world by fearlessly empowering millions beyond the finish line, and it is all activated through the recently launched non-profit 261 Fearless, so aptly named after her bib number in Boston back in 1967.

    Men and Women Running Marathon Race

    Switzer started the race by crossing the famed Verrazano-Narrows Bridge from Staten Island to Brooklyn with a group of 13 charity runners representing the 261 Fearless organization, including 10 American women from seven states, and one each from Canada, Belgium, and Switzerland. Together these women raised $55,000 to help fund educational programs to train women to become 261 Coaches and form 261 Fearless running Clubs around the world. Their efforts were supported by adidas and Bose, the global sponsors for 261 Fearless.

    Since becoming the first woman to officially enter and finish the Boston Marathon in 1967 and then going on to win the New York City Marathon in 1974, Switzer pioneered an era of participation by women in all sports, not just running, and her story has inspired a generation of women athletes. Switzer recently launched the non-profit, 261 Fearless, with the mission to use running as a vehicle to empower and unite women globally through the creation of clubs, education opportunities, a new communication platform and special events.

    “It’s been 43 years since I ran my first New York City Marathon,” said Switzer. “It’s been an absolute honour to run through the five boroughs alongside 13 women from six countries representing 261 Fearless. I am so grateful to the New York Road Runners for their support in creating this fantastic day.”

    Caryn Kelly of Edina, Minnesota was one of the 13 runners. Today was her ninth marathon.

    “What an amazing experience! I ran my first marathon with my husband at the age of 40,” said Kelly. “I cannot thank Kathrine Switzer enough for the opportunity to help women around the world experience the sense of accomplishment I’ve felt through running.”

    About 261 Fearless

    The mission of 261 Fearless is to unite women through a global running network, creating a supportive community, while allowing fearless women to “pass forward” a new strength gained from running to women who are facing challenges, sparking a revolution of empowerment. “261” is the symbol that unites women as empowered runners. Women of all abilities, cultures and social backgrounds are welcome to participate. For more information, please visit http://www.261fearless.org.

    Posted by Alexandra Parren
  • Garmin Forerunner 30 Running Watch

    Garmin Forerunner 30 Running Watch

    Garmin has announced the Forerunner 30, a simple-to-use running watch with built-in Garmin Elevate™ wrist-based heart rate technology that delivers streamlined running, activity tracking and connected features. Whether out for a jog or training for a 10k, the Forerunner 30 tracks how far, how fast and where athletes are running without the need to carry a phone. In between runs, it doubles as an all-day activity tracker, keeping count of steps, calories and intensity minutes so users can record progress and activities even when they are not running. The Forerunner 30 will be available exclusively in Europe, Middle East and Africa but will work outside of these areas if you travel.

    “The simplicity of the Forerunner 30 means athletes can easily take their running to the next level – all they have to do is put the watch on and go,” said Andrew Silver, Garmin EMEA Product Manager. “With a variety of built-in features, the Forerunner 30 is the perfect tool for runners who want to stay fit, stay connected and share their progress.”

    Garmin Forerunner running watch fitness tracker

    Runners using the Forerunner 30 will get a better idea of their fitness level with the addition of VO2 max, a measurable indication of aerobic performance or fitness level, while training tools like Auto Pause®, Auto Lap® and pace/speed selection help provide athletes with an essential running experience. Garmin Move IQ™ technology will also detect and automatically categorise activities including running, walking, cycling and more.

    Vibration alerts for incoming calls, voicemails and text messages help Forerunner 30 users stay connected without having to dig a phone out of their purse, pocket or bag. Throughout the day, the Forerunner 30 automatically uploads to Garmin Connect™ where users can share their workouts with friends and family in real time with Live Track, join fitness challenges, analyse training progress, set and track goals and much more.

    Garmin Forerunner Fitness tracker running watch

    The Forerunner 30 features up to eight hours of battery life in activity mode and up to five days in smartwatch mode. It is available exclusively in Europe in turquoise, amethyst and grey and has a suggested retail price of €149.99.

    The ever-expanding Garmin fitness segment develops technologies to enhance and promote healthy and active lifestyles. Whether users are runners, cyclists, swimmers, multi-sport athletes, or simply looking to stay active throughout the day, there is a product that can help them reach their health and fitness goals.

    Garmin Forerunner heart rate tracker running watch

    For decades, Garmin has pioneered new GPS navigation and wireless devices and applications that are designed for people who live an active lifestyle. Garmin serves five primary business units, including automotive, aviation, fitness, marine, and outdoor recreation.

    Posted by Alexandra Parren
  • New Balance Performance Wear Autumn Winter 2015

    New Balance Autumn Winter 2015 AW Sundried

    New Balance has introduced a new season of lifestyle and performance wear for men for A/W15.

    Introducing new styles and colourways, the new season marks the introduction of the Fresh Foam Zante sweat-shirt which reworks the 2015 performance shoe into a new lifestyle favourite. The 574 sweat-shirt reinvents the cult classic with new textures and colours, while the CT300 introduces the original court shoe in fresh new colourways.

    The A/W season brings with it the new Vazee collection, engineered for the endless pursuit of faster. Available in three key styles, the Vazee Coast, the Vazee Pace and the Vazee Rush. The new season performance gear equips sportsmen with comfort and freedom of movement whatever the weather, in a selection of updated colourways, patterns and textures.

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    Posted by Daniel Puddick
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