­Running is a simple sport that people can make too complicated; the basic fitness for any distance runner comes from just going out and running for relatively long distances, on a regular basis, as you have been doing. There will always be days when you feel good and push the pace or run with someone else and get competitive, and this, combined with longer, steadier ­runs can be very effective. However as we discussed on Saturday all serious distance runners include at least one specific workout per week, similar to the one you did on Saturday.

Terry Davies South Shropshire Round - 18th & 19th July 2003

­Great achievements deserve a little recognition, and I'm sure Terry will no­t mind us spread­ing the word about his successful completion of a South Shropshire Round last weekend, Terry is the first person to complete this round (to our knowledge) which was specially devised for him ­as an alternative to the classic ountain rounds of Wales and The Lakes, the route started at The Ragle­th Pub in Little Stretton and followed the checkpoints of the longmynd Hike as far as Corndon then picking up the Shropshire Way at Rock House near the Stiperstones, The Shropshire Wa

Running Away

­­Two ‘out of area’ recommendations; one race and one run

1. The Sussex Fells

Well ok, not quite, but the ‘Jack and Jill Challenge’ is in the FRA fixtures handbook and 1000’+ of climb is 1000’+ of climb wherever you do it. The race is run in conjunction with the somewhat more d­emanding 30m ‘Downland Challenge’, although being that I competed during a visit to family in the Brighton area, the 5.5 miles of the Jack and Jill appeared a far more socially responsible event to enter (phew!).

The Mercia Machine Marches Again

­When you talk to Gill Harris about running it’s not long before she tells you about her “Bob”, ­and why not?  To be able to complete such a run as the Bob Graham Round is no mean achievement! B­u­t it’s not the run she enthuses about; it is the spirit of teamwork that came from the support crew on and off the mountain. It was this that Paul Cadman wrote about at the time in Mercia News “The Mercia Machine” and the support it provided in helping Gill complete her round back in 1998.

Two Weekends One Summer

­This is a bleak tale of British weather, it describes incredible highs and desperate lows, Tells of how grown men can be reduced to tears by conditions totally out of their control, it shows just how cruel the elements can be in the high mountains where we choose to play our games, how months of training can be undone in just a few ­moments, how split second decisions, made under the most intense pressure in life threatening conditions, can make or break your destiny.­