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*** REGISTRATIONS NOW OPEN! ***
The Walk/Run4cf Dales Way Ultra 22/50k! As part of our ongoing support for Stephen Taylor's epic Lands End to John O'Groats challenge, our club will be joining him on Leg 31 (11th August) - a picturesque course along the Dales Way. We're calling on all members and friends to sign up for this event to support the club and Stephen: Walk it or run it. 22k or 50k... all raising funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. Click on the link below and sign up now! https://www.sientries.co.uk/event.php?elid=Y&event_id=4464

22k or 50k along the Dales Way raising money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. Stephen Taylor is Walking4CF and you will join him on leg 31 of his Lands End 2 John 'O' Groats walk.
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** BROOKE IS RUNNING4CF! ** Here's the second instalment from the training diary of our youngest and (by far) cutest supporter, Brooke. Thanks to Pauline Byers for recruiting this super star to our cause!!
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I'm pleased to announce we have a special guest joining us for the 200th run tonight... here's a sneak peak from the latest instalment of her training diary...
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Footage of the intro to 300th day celebration run, courtesy of Debs Matura.
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*** ENTRIES OPEN THIS SUNDAY ***
The Walk/Run4cf Dales Way Ultra 22/50k! As part of our ongoing support for Stephen Taylor's epic Lands End to John O'Groats challenge, our club will be joining him on Leg 31 - a picturesque course along the Dales Way. We're calling on all members and friends to sign up for this event to support the club and Stephen: Walk it or run it. 22k or 50k... all raising funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. Registration goes live on the SI Entries website this sunday.

Click on the link below for more info.
https://www.facebook.com/events/171714693607025??ti=ia

22k or 50k along the Dales Way raising money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. Stephen Taylor is Walking4CF and you will join him on leg 31 of his Lands End 2 John 'O' Groats walk.
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Dr Ron Hill Running and health announcement.

https://youtu.be/3a6bMQBNvdI

Please see Ron’s words from the interview Cannonball Events owner John Lloyd did with ...Ron last week.

We have spoken to Ron and all his family and they has said that he wanted to use the video to make the anouncment to the world.

Ron is in great spirits and he is keen to see as many people possible at his race ‪on 4th March 2018‬.

The running community owes Ron a huge debt and it would be great to see people turning out to support or better still doing what Ron does best (running in the race) …..

For further details please enter the race here http://cannonballevents.co.uk/omc-ron-hill/

We would like to also thank the Alzheimer's Society for their support and we will be happy to donate a % of our profits from this race

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OMC Motor Group Ron Hill Accrington 10k & Fun Run04/03/2018Online entryDiscounted online entry closes inweeks02days02hours06min41sec20Basic infoDate: 04/03/2018Registration & Number Collection: Wheelchair Race & Fun Run: 7:30 – 8:45AM; 10K: 7:30 – 9:15AMPlease follow the signs to pre entry and e...
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LE JOG 'SPORTIVE' LEG 31 of 63
SAT 11th AUGUST BOLTON ABBEY 2 RIBBLEHEAD

Stephen Taylor is Walking4CF....Lands End 2 John ‘O’ Groats starting 1st July....1200 Miles to raise awareness and funds for Cystic Fibrosis. This is your chance to get active and invoved and Walk, Jog, Run or Crawl, join in and support this fantastic cause as his route Leg 31 of 63 comes closest to Lancashire and Yorkshire on Saturday the 11th August. This is a 'Sportive' type Event not a 'Race'..... T...here are two distance options.......the ‘Short Course’ 22K starts at Bolton Abbey and finishes at Kettlewell......the ‘Long Course’ 50K Continues on to Ribblehead. ......22K/50K Walkers Start anytime between 6am - 8am and the 22K/50K Runners Start anytime between 8am - 10am. The courses will be marshalled by Mountain Rescue and partially flagged/marked where necessary with drink stations situated approx every 10K. We hope to have shuttle buses at the two finishes to ferry you back to the start. Further details will be posted soon with how to enter details. All monies raised will go to the CFT....THANKYOU for your support .Stephen and Team

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OMC Motor Group Ron Hill Accrington 10k and Fun Run added 5 new photos.

Four weeks until the online entry closes for the OMC Motor Group, Ron Hill Accrington 10K and Fun Run.

Start times:
Wheelchair Race – 8:55; Fun Run – 9:00AM; 10...K – 09:30AM

Race HQ:
Accrington Market Hall, Hyndburn Borough Council/Peel St, Peel St, Accrington, Lancashire, BB5 1ER

This race is accurately measured, well marshalled and flagged. There is live chip timing (results immediately), spot prizes, a great atmosphere, free multi-functional head scarf (like buff), cash prizes for winners. Prizes from Trevor Adams Studios and The Big Bobble Hat Comp

1 mile fun run, open to all, £6.00 entry. Chipped timing on a closed road. Medal to all finishers.

If your club is entering this race as part of your club champs or grand prix, get in touch for a discount.

For all other details check out this link:
http://cannonballevents.co.uk/omc-ron-hill/

On the day sales from AVENUE20 and bigbobblehats.co.uk

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From 1st July 2018 our very own Stephen Taylor will be walking from Lands End to John O’Groats to raise money and awareness for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. Running4cf will be supporting this sister challenge every step of the way. Read about Stephen's story at walking4cf.org.uk or click here to view out sponsors page: http://bit.ly/2rF7zU4

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THE UPSIDE OF INJURY
Due to a calf injury, yesterday was the first time I’d been for a run in 21 days, 3 hours and 45 minutes. As you can imagine, with a running habit like mine, leftovers isn’t the only cold turkey I’ve had to deal with this Christmas.

Leveraging this period of forced rest as an opportunity for reflection, I’ve realised that it’s possible (maybe even necessary) to embrace injury time as a positive segment of our wider running race. Here’s what 3 weeks off ru...nning has taught me:

MAINTAIN THE ENGINE
As runners, the cardiovascular engine is our key piece of kit, but there is no reason why it can’t be kept tuned (even improved) whilst we are injured. Very few running injuries will prevent you from doing any exercise at all and by embracing the g(r)ym I’ve been rowing and cross trainer-ing myself into a sweaty mess to keep heart and lungs in rude health.

EASE OFF THE PRESSURE
If you’re a regular runner, your injury is likely to be the tip of an iceberg. My calf was the thing that packed up, but I’ve also had tight hamstrings, a grumbling achilles and umpteen other niggles that have gradually piled up over the months - nothing that would stop me running, but a pain in the bum all the same (yes, glutes are bit tight also). This last few weeks has been an opportunity to give the whole system a breather and heal some of the less acute aches and pains that hinder my running.

TOUCH UP THE BODY WORK
Many running injuries are rooted in other musculoskeletal vulnerabilities which, in theory, we should be addressing through strength and conditioning exercises, in addition to just running. Whilst I normally find it impossible to fit this extra training into my week, injury has afforded me the luxury to lunge, squat, plank and clam to my heart’s content.

REV UP!
Last year I did a marathon, 2 ultras and took 1.5 mins off my 10k PB. Whilst I was chuffed with all that, my motivation for running had taken a good kicking. I was still going out most days, but I was just dragging myself through the motions. Three weeks off and there’s a fire in my belly and a rocket up my arse. The hunger to run (and run hard) - is growling away, just waiting to be let off the leash.

Maybe with the right mindset, injury can actually improve our running. Maintain the engine, ease off the pressure, touch up the body work and rev up. Most most importantly, stay positive - frustration is just motivation in bad mood.

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IT'S 2018 - LET'S HAVE IT!
In case you missed any of the 3xS posts over the last few days, here's the full collection. Happy New Year to all our runners. Let's smash it!

1. MAKE IT SPECIFIC
Aim for crystal clarity when defining your 2018 challenges. Vague goals are ‘slippery’: awkward to grasp and easily dropped! If you Make it SPECIFIC, you can psychologically latch on to your challenge immediately: visualise it, prepare for it, own it!

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Here's my 3xS Challenge for 2018:
Make it SPECIFIC: Calderdale Way 50.5 mile Ultra Marathon. 2nd June 2018. 11 hours
Make it SPECIAL: My mum is the toughest person I know. She endures chronic pain from arthritis every day. I only need to do it for 11 hours.
Make it SOCIAL: I think I just have!

Stephen Taylor's Lands-End-John-O'Groats Walking4CF Virtual challenge has gone LIVE!! Check the link to find how you can get involved. https://www.cysticfibrosis.org.uk/…/e…/great-strides-virtual

Great Strides Virtual
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Third and final instalment of the R4CF 3xS guide to smashing your 2018 challenges: Make it SOCIAL!

By making the commitment to your challenge social, you instantly increase the likelihood of success. Telling others about what you’re aiming to do (making it specific) - and why (making it special) - not only locks you into making it happen, but also begins to establish a vital support network.

The original EDCWM challenge was driven by the community that gathered around it. Th...e commitment we’d made became so public, there was no way it would be allowed to fail. Psychologically, it’s much more difficult to let other people down than it is to let yourself down. And on a practical level, your social network provides an invaluable source of moral support, expert guidance and hands-on help.

Once you’ve decided on a challenge that is SPECIFIC and SPECIAL, tell everyone! This doesn’t have to be a big promotional effort - simply tell your friends, family, work colleagues; use social media to spread it further. Most importantly, tell your Running4cf buddies and you can bank on a steady stream and support and encouragement.

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Here's Part 2 of the Running4CF 3xS: Make it SPECIAL

If you’re going to push your body beyond its limits in 2018, you’re going to need more than the love of running in your tank. By making your challenge SPECIAL, you begin to build an emotional commitment that will lock you into achieving it.

If you’re just doing this for yourself, you’ll find it relatively easy to fail. If you’re doing it for a higher cause and for other people, psychologically you’ll find that failure is no... longer an option: it doesn’t exist in your world.

The original EDCWM challenge was inspired by Amelia and the immense determination and courage she has to find every day, come what may, to manage her condition. What’s a 5-mile run for a grown man, when a teenage girl is facing down Cystic Fibrosis with a smile on her face?

The two ultras I did in 2017 were inspired by mum - she’s riddled with arthritis and lives out each day in chronic pain. How can I not power through a few hours of pain, when my frail old mum finds the strength to do so, day in day out?

Find a cause, a purpose or a person that inspires you… and dedicate your challenge to them. Whether you’re fundraising or not, you’re now driven by something bigger than yourself.

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PART 1: MAKE IT SPECIFIC!
Aim for crystal clarity when defining your 2018 challenges. Vague goals are ‘slippery’: awkward to grasp and easily dropped! If you Make it SPECIFIC, you can psychologically latch on to your challenge immediately: visualise it, prepare for it, own it!

The goal for the original EDCWM challenge was crystal clear in its definition: run 5 miles a day, every day. Such clarity has a huge psychological benefit: it reduces the number of decisions you have t...o make, helps avoid procrastination and makes it easier to fully commit.
So, if you’re aiming to do your first or fastest Marathon, 10K or parkrun in 2018 - dont! Aim to do a SPECIFIC marathon, 10k or parkrun on a SPECIFIC date with a SPECIFIC completion goal.

If you’re aiming get in more miles in 2018 than ever before - don’t! Nail down specifically how many miles you want to cover, work out the specific weekly average and plan for how you’re going to hit it.

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As new year looms, our thoughts naturally drift towards new challenges and fresh goals. Over the next few days, we’ll be sharing the Running4CF ‘3xS’ guide to hitting your first, farthest or fastest in 2018:
> Make it SPECIFIC > Make is SPECIAL > Make it SOCIAL.
We’ll be sharing a post on each ‘S’ over the next three days. Stay tuned!

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