running

Eleanor’s marathon bid to help homeless project

Authored by Mary

It will be a family affair when Plymouth support worker Eleanor Burston runs 26 miles in a bid to help the city’s homeless people.

For Eleanor will be joined by dad Tim and sister Isobel when she takes on the Edinburgh Marathon in May to raise money for the Somewhere Safe to Stay project run by BCHA, a housing charity which has been helping people for more than 50 years.

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New research highlights benefits of marathon running – but local experts warn ‘be prepared’

Authored by Mary

New research carried out at Barts and University College London has shown that training for and completing a marathon can cut four years off an individual’s vascular age – and that those who are less fit benefit the most.

The researchers tested 138 people due to take part in this year’s London Marathon. Over a period of six months their arteries gained elasticity, reducing the risk...

Researcher runs across the Westcountry for dementia charity

Authored by Mary

A final year PhD student from Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry, who is part of a team working towards effective therapies for dementia, has committed to running a number of half marathons over the coming months in support of dementia research charity, BRACE.

Tracey Evans is part of a team investigating the role of proteins in the development of dementia...

Two fifths of people in SW confess they get out of breath running for a bus

Authored by Mary

Over two fifths of people in the South West have confessed to being so unfit they would get out of breath running for the bus, according to new statistics released as part of the British Heart Foundation’s (BHF) brand new fundraising challenge MyMarathon.

The BHF poll revealed well over half (52%) of adults in the South West said if they went running now the furthest they could manage...

Train to be a running leader – for free

Authored by Mary

Are you a keen runner? Could you inspire others to get on the road to an active lifestyle? Then step up!

Plymouth City Council’s Sports Development Unit is looking for people like you to train as running leaders and help expand their beginners’ running network this summer.

Perhaps you already take a running group for a club and want to help them improve. Or maybe a few of you...

Standard entries sell out for Plymouth's Half Marathon

Authored by Mary

GO2, organisers of Plymouth’s Half Marathon, taking place on Sunday 17th April are pleased to announce that standard race entries have now sold out! If you were unlucky and missed out on a spot, you can still grab a charity entry and run for one of the official race partners, including Macmillan Cancer Support and Children’s Hospice South West.

Jamie Warren, Head of Marketing at GO2,...

Plymouth Half Marathon route information

Authored by Mary

Plymouth’s Half Marathon 2015 will be taking place on Sunday 19th April.

This established event is an annual fixture in the city’s calendar and 2015 will see thousands of runners take to the streets, many of whom will be raising money for charity.

Using the city’s streets for the race will cause some changes to usual traffic routes. In planning the event every effort is made...

Chris to run marathon for donkeys

Authored by Mary

Plympton martial arts teacher and ex-marine, Chris McKenna, is limbering up to run the Plymouth Half Marathon next month in aid of The Donkey Sanctuary Ivybridge.

He will also be holding a fundraising gig at the Westward Inn in Lee Mill on Friday 3 April from 8.30pm.

It will be the second time that Chris, 63, has run the Half Marathon for the Sanctuary. Last year he enjoyed it...

First night run at Plymbridge

Authored by Mary

Back in November, Saltram House held the first night run in Plymouth and it was a roaring success; so the National Trust have decided to host another one in Plymbridge Woods on Saturday 7 February. The aim of these new events is to get people to experience special places in a different way by having a torchlight adventure with family and friends.

Plymbridge Night Run offers a variety...

Record 1,000 runners sign up for half marathon

Authored by Mary

Organisers of Plymouth’s Half Marathon, GO2, are pleased to announce that the event has already attracted a record breaking 1,100 entries! Over 500 of those were secured in the first 24 hours of entries opening, and race data suggests that for 40 percent of these runners, the popular event will be their first ever half marathon distance.

Jamie Warren, Head of Marketing and Commercial...

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