Weekly Newsletter March 18th 2015

This week's newsletter has interesting articles, competitions, and a number of date changes for events on the running calendar.

== Interesting Articles ==

Julie-Ann Christian to run two of the Bravehearts 777 marathons in two days
After competing in the gruelling seven marathons in seven states in seven days in 2013, Julie-Ann Christian is determined to make it back-to-back feats at the upcoming Bravehearts 777 challenge, and she has found just the inspiration required to get over the line. Find out more.

Interview with Joyce Smith
The Guardian's Running Blog interviewed Joyce Smith, who began running in the 1950s, breaking the world record for the 3000m in 1971 and running at thr 1972 Olympics. She retired from the track in 1979 and turned to the marathon, winning the London Marathon in 1980 as the first woman over 40 to complete a marathon in under two and a half hours. Read the interview here.

Bad Angel Rule #196: Be a Shoe Whore
The Bad Angel Rules for Running suggests that "Brand loyalty has no place in running shoes. Each year, shoe companies tweak and change their models to improve things, update technology and keep with the current trends." Find out more.

Hills & stairs: technique and trianing tips
The Body Mechanic talks about techniques and trianing tips for running up and down hills and stairs. The article starts of specifically mentioning The North Face 100, but the tips are generic for any race of any distance that has climbs and descents. Read them here.

How to add speed workouts to marathon training
Susan Paul at Runner's World looks at how to add speed workouts to your marathon training and some suggestions and guidelines for workouts. Read the tips here.

== Competitions ==

PCYC Gladstone Rainbow Run Competition Winner
The winner of the free entry to the PCYC Gladstone Rainbow Run on April 12th 2015 at Mt Larcom in Queensland is Terri Jackson from Grafton. Find out more about the event here.

XTERRA Trail Half Marathon & 5K Competition
Go in the draw to win a free entry to either the Xterra Trail Half Marathon or 5K Trail Run/Walk on Sunday April 19th in Callala Beach, NSW. The competition runs until March 29th with the winner drawn the following day. Enter competition.

== Recently added and updated events ==

Recent updates
To find out what's been recently updated, check the website homepage regularly. I include in this newsletter a list of the more important updates such as date changes, cancellations or late additions to the calendar. Late additions are events which will take place in the next two to three weeks and have only just been added to the website.

- parkrun will not be run on ANZAC Day, given it falls on a Saturday this year
- I've removed the dates for Color Me Rad in Sydney (April 18th) and Townsville (May 30th) because they are now showing on the event website as TBD

Date changes / postponements
- Youngcare Budgie Bolt in Sydney, NSW has been postponed from March 27th to October 23rd
- The Stampede in Woodford, QLD has changed from September 12th to 5th to avoid a clash with another event
- Mud Muster in Shoalhaven, NSW has changed from November 21st to 14th, also to avoid a clash with another event

Late additions
- Sunshine Coast Cross Country Series which starts on March 29th

== Until next week ==

Have a great running week!


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