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On Saturday, I did my first race for 16 months. It was a 6-hour trail race called The Halo, run over a 4-mile rural loop. It was lovely to be out running in the countryside. The event was friendly and low-key with just 54 runners taking part. I met another v50 runner at the start, Beth Taylor-Jones, and we ended up running the whole time together which made it much more fun. (Photo: Robert Scriven)
A look into the pages of Athletic Review magazine in 1947 - athletics clubs were struggling to recover in a time of austerity and rationing, but there was hope and optimism for the 1948 London Olympics.
3rd July 1984 was the start of the New York Six Day Race organised by Frank Lebow of New York Road Runners. Top ultrarunners were invited to take part including Eleanor Adams (Great Britain) and Yiannis Kouros Greece). Both Adams and Kouros set new world best distances at the event, running many hundreds of laps round the athletics track where it was held.
Audrey McIntosh is an ultrarunner from Glasgow who took up running in her mid-thirties. She is also the organiser of the Loch Katrine Running Festival and has raised tens of thousands of pounds for charity. In her latest blog post she talks about the difficulties of getting out for runs during the pandemic and shares two recent trail runs with some beautiful pictures.
What I'm Listening To...
Sarah Williams' Tough Girl Podcast is dedicated to sharing the stories of adventurous women of all ages from across the world. A recent guest was Angela White (also known as The Running Granny) who began running at 53. Since then Angela, now 62, has set herself a number of challenges and in 2019 set a Guinness World Record as the oldest woman to complete John O'Groats to Land's End (875 miles) on foot. Listen here.
Who I'm Following...
Oldest Olympians is a project run by Olympics historian Paul Tchir. It shares the stories of the oldest surviving athletes from the Olympic Games going as far back as the 1936 Berlin Games. It marks significant birthdays and anniversaries and the deaths of athletes. Follow the project on Facebook and Twitter.
Liza Howard on iRunFar, the US trail and ultrarunning website, is starting a new series of articles about "Age Old Runners" focusing on racing. There's also going to be a monthly round-up of performances. I'm sure she'll be interested in sharing some results from outside the USA. Have a look. Photo: John Marcello/iRunFar.com
Personal trainer and ChiRunning instructor Hannah Kirkman (Blue Sky Running) talks about her experience of incontinence and how she resolved it after realising that, for her, Kegel exercises were not the answer.