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Monday Morning Motivation: Lorena Ramirez

Lorena Ramírez taking part in Cajamar Tenerife Bluetrail ultramarathon.

María Lorena Ramírez Hernández is a 24-year-old Mexican runner. She belongs to the Tarahumara or Rarámuri ethnic group. These indigenous people are known for their long-distance running ability. Lorena Ramirez became world famous after winning the UltraTrail Cerro Rojo in 2017. She completed the 50 km race in 7 hours and 20 minutes, whilst Read more…


Monday Morning Motivation: Jeannie Rice

Mature Korean woman standing next to a rack of medals.

This week’s Monday Morning Motivation is courtesy of Jeannie Rice, a veteran runner who is showing no signs of slowing down. Rice, a 70-year-old from Ohio, set an age-group world record at Chicago Marathon in October 2018.   Her finish time was 3:27:50, beating the previous age-group record by over 7 1/2 Read more…


My parkrun A-Z: Killerton parkrun

People milling around after Killerton parkrun with a superimposed heading: My parkrun A-Z: Killerton parkrun

I’m really finding it hard to exercise this year. I have so few opportunities to get out and, as M is still a terrible sleeper, I’m always sleep deprived. The one thing that is a constant in my life is parkrun. My parkrun PB is 23:40 and I’m a long Read more…


Friday Five: 5 podcasts that I listen to

5 podcasts that I listen to

Some people like listening to music whilst they’re running, but I tend to run with friends, so it would be antisocial to have headphones on. However, on Fridays, I have the day off, so I listen to podcasts whilst I catch up on housework and prepare food. These 5 podcasts Read more…


Monday Morning Motivation: Ernie Andrus

Ernie Endrus running whilst holding a flag.

Ragnar Legends may not be the fastest and might not even run the furthest, but they have grit. And they inspire us to break down our own walls. Ernie Andrus is a 93-year-old, World War II Veteran who has run across the country. He has run 6 Ragnar Relays. This Read more…


Monday Morning Motivation: Dave Wottle

Runners on an athletics track. A man in a white cap is narrowly in the lead.

Today’s inspiration comes in the form of American middle-distance runner David Wottle. This video is from the men’s 800m final at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games. It shows Wottle (wearing his signature cap) seemingly coming from the back of the field to win. Interestingly, although Wottle was known for his sprint Read more…


Mountbatten School parkrun

parkrun Tourism: Mountbatten School parkrun superimposed over an image of the school field.

I’m still struggling to find the time to run, so I’m trying to enjoy any runs that I get to do as much as possible. Last week was the first parkrun at Mountbatten School (Romsey, Hampshire). I knew it was starting, but I’m also well aware that parkrun HQ request Read more…


Monday Morning Motivation: Rachael Arends

Rear view of a runner sprinting towards a finish line tape.

Today’s motivation comes courtesy of American runner Rachael Arends. Female victories in mixed gender events remain rare and are usually limited to extreme endurance events. In 2004 Nature predicted that women would beat men at 100m by 2156. However, the prediction was based on the fact that women’s race times were improving Read more…


Back to my parkrun roots

Two men in fluorescent jackets in a parkrun picture frame at Eastleigh parkrun.

I’ve finally finished planning my schedule until the end of June – hopefully, I’ll get to visit 10 ‘new-to-me’ parkruns in that time as well as a few more letters on my parkrun alphabet. However, I also want to get back to my parkrun roots. Southampton parkrun After running at Read more…


Friday Five: 5 ways to change your parkrun experience

5 ways to change your parkrun experience

Like many people in the UK, parkrun is what made me a runner. Before I went to parkrun, I always ran alone and was never sure of how far or how fast I went. I would head out from home and plod around for an hour. I didn’t have any Read more…