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Information and tools for runners

Information and useful training tools for runners, both those who are new to running and those who have been running for many years.

Some of the information is shown directly on web pages, some on our extensive news pages, and some of the longer articles are presented as Adobe PDF files. If you need Adobe Reader for the pdfs, it can be downloaded for free from

We also have book list -- the best running books -- books we think are most useful and most entertaining.

Running to be fit or getting fit to run?

Whichever, if you run then you should look after your body, it will help you be a stronger, faster, more injury-free runner. Check out our Body conditioning for runners exercises in the training sessions section.

Running Quotes

Here's a selection of the very best running quotes, to help get you (and keep you) running.

Running Fast and Injury Free — Gordon Pirie

We have a recommended book list, but this is listed here because you can download it for free below.
It's a fascinating read. Gordon Pirie was running competitively and breaking world records in the 1950s. In many ways his ideas on running were way ahead of his time. His book, Running Fast and Injury Free, has been painstakingly edited by Dr John S Gilbody. The chapter on injuries, technique and shoes is highly recommended (and rather controversial too).

Sports Massage

If you live or visit Sussex in the UK then we can offer you a professional, effective sports massage.
It will help you to keep running injury-free and also help you to get back running if you have an injury.
Sports Massage Sussex — Magic Hands Therapy

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Articles from Running Press

5k in 18 Minutes Training Plan

Running under 18 minutes for 5k This training plan is rather different from some of the other 5k training plans . Running an 18 minute 5k is very demanding and a one-size plan doesn’t fit all. S ... read more

Up to 50% off Hypnosis Downloads

We are big fans of Uncommon Knowledge’s hypnosis downloads. Speaking from personal experience, self-hypnosis can transform not only running performance, but also the motivation to train. Self-hy ... read more

Does Running Get Easier? Find out how and why

If we get better at running, does running get easier? The good news is yes. Running becomes easier as your body develops and adapts to the demands you place upon it. If you run regularly, your legs ge ... read more

Polar OH1 Plus Review How good is it?

As a runner and a running coach, not surprisingly, I have an interest in the runner’s heart and measuring its activity. But, I gave up on heart rate monitors some years ago. It’s not that ... read more

Brooks Ghost wide fitting | Long Term Review

Back in the old days when we used to train for races, I was preparing for Brighton Marathon. I needed some new shoes to train in. I tend to have at least 2 pairs of running shoes on the go (although i ... read more