Weekly Newsletter March 23rd 2016
This week's newsletter has interesting articles, a date change for the Woodlands Handicap in Melbourne, late additions of the Good Friday Bun Run in Athelstone & Irabina Superhero Fun Run in Melbourne, and distance updates for the Broome Marathon Festival & Run the Great Whitsunday Trail.
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Eddie did it! The Marathon Man challenge is complete
In last week's newsletter I linked to an article about Eddie Izzard running 27 marathons in 27 days; he has now accomplished his goal, finishing with a double marathon on the final day. Watch the video about this amazing achievement at the BBC.
Ultra-marathon running in Australia's toughest conditions
On a training run out the back of Robin Falls, south of Darwin, Robbie Hendrickx is busy circling the escarpment to condition his body for the punishing climbs he faces on race days. Keeping pace is Jimdog - his female red heeler who seems to share his passion for running and the outdoor life. Read more here at ABC News.
Japanese elite runner shatters record for half marathon in a suit
Yuki Kawauchi, a 2:08 marathoner from Japan, is known for his unconventional approach to elite distance running. He added to that legacy on Saturday when he ran Japan's Kuki Half Marathon in 1:06:42 while wearing a suit. Find out more in this article at Runner's World.
Should schoolchildren be made to run a mile every day?
Sarah Phillips and Toby Moses debate whether a 'daily mile' initiative from a Scottish primary should be rolled out to pupils nationwide in this article at The Guardian. Sarah argues that we should "teach kids that fitness can be free, easy and fun" and Toby that we should "forget enforced running [and] make exercise entertaining."
3 steps to a better stride
David Roche looks at how to use proper mechanics for fast and healthy running in this article at Trail Runner Mag - note this advice isn't specific to trail running and works for road running too. He suggests you run with proper cadence, run with a soft stride, and shorten your stride.
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. And don't forget to check the calendar page for a complete list of upcoming events.
Date changes & corrections
- Woodlands Handicap in Melbourne, Victoria has changed from June 25th to 26th
- Broome Marathon Festival on July 10th has rejigged the distances so there's now a half marathon; the distances are now full marathon, half marathon and quarter marathon
- Run the Great Whitsunday Trail on September 11th has added a 57.4km out and back to the existing 28.7km point to point race to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the event
That's all for this week, so have a great running week!