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Written by Nick Newman

I have worked in Sports Retail for 23 years and am currently a Store Manager for running specialists Sweatshop. Took up running late in 2013 at the age of 38 and completely my first half marathon in Berlin a week after my 39 birthday. A year has past and still running! Sport has played a major part in my life playing football, rugby, cricket and basketball at school. I continued to play cricket for many years at league level in Surrey and was also fortunate enough to play a season of cricket in Australia.

Race Review| North London Half Marathon

  At the End of 2014 I set myself 2 new running goals; a Sub 22 min 5K and a Sub 1:45 Half marathon. With 3 half marathons booked before the end of May 2015 there wasn’t going to be a shortage of runs to achieve the second of my goals. The First opportunity was […]

Gait Analysis- Brooks Edition

Following on from gaiting myself in Nike shoes this time I hit the treadmill in a range of shoes from Brooks For these four examples I ran in the Ghost(Neutral), Racer ST5(low profile racing shoe) plus the Vapor 2 and  Adrenalin 15 from the support family. BROOKS GHOST 7  Up first is the Brooks Ghost 7 a […]

Gait analysis- Nike Edition

If you want to start running the best piece of advice I can give you is to go and get a “Gait Analysis” at a specialist retailer like Sweatshop or Runners Need. Over my next few posts I will be analysing my gait analysis in various brands of running shoes looking at all categories, from Neutral to […]

My Year in Running: Scottish Half Marathon

The Scottish Half Marathon (in one of my favourite places, Edinburgh) was a great opportunity to fit one more half in as my first year running was drawing to a close. I’ve been to Edinburgh many times, mainly to go and watch rugby and have a wee few drams. They are usually messy affairs with […]

My Year in Running: Hackney Half Marathon

June 2014. Half way through the year. After the achievement of setting a PB in the Wimbledon Half it was time to take on the Hackney Half Marathon, the spiritual home of the world famous Run Dem Crew. With the sheer amount of crew love (both runners and cheerers) around the course I had lofty hopes […]

How to Start Running – Park Run

When I decided I wanted to start running I approached Charlie Dark, founder of London’s Run Dem Crew for advice on what was the best way to go about it, he quickly recommended Park Run. I looked them up online and found  that I had a Park Run 20 minutes walk from my home in Crystal […]

My year in running – Wimbledon Half Marathon

After the highs of completing my first half marathon in Berlin it was time to do a half closer to home, the Wimbledon Half Marathon in leafy South West London One thing that has surprised me since I’ve started competing  is how expensive some races are to enter, so I decided to do some research into […]

Holiday Running.

For years holidays for me have been about rest and relaxation along with plenty of good food and the occasional alcoholic beverage, ok occasional is a lie! Now holiday running is also a major part of my travels and my running gear is often the first things packed. This Christmas I was very lucky to […]

The Road to Berlin, My Story.

I’ve recently been working on documenting “My Year in Running” as so much has happened to me this year from a running point of view. But first I’d like to explain a little bit about how and why I started running, to do that I’d like to take you back to October 2013 and the […]

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Sock it 2 me – The best running socks

We all love having fresh kicks to run in, and there’s possibly an argument that a lot of people that are now into running first got into it because of the footwear hype.  Money, It’s gotta be the shoes?! However, I think a lot of people mistakenly overlook the importance of investing in good running […]