The Cape Wrath Ultra

Totally Active Gear Tester Paul Barton is an experienced trail and fell runner and mountain biker but the Cape Wrath Ultra was a new level of challenge. He had three hilly ultras under his belt, two just under 50 kilometres and the 64 kilometre High Peak 40 but how would he fare covering 400 kilometres…

Interview with Ricky Lightfoot, Fell Runner

Chantelle Kelly speaks to fell running champion Ricky Lightfoot to find out how he felt when he completed the Bob Graham Round earlier this year and the struggles he faced along the way.  Read more articles like this in Totally Active Magazine. In January you completed the Bob Graham Round in just over 21 hours,…

The Bob Graham Round

Claire Maxted is an all-round outdoor lover, runner, cyclist, occasional climber and kayaker who has adventured all over the world but still insists the UK in good weather conditions is the best playground on the planet. She is editor of Trail Running magazine.  Read more articles like this in Totally Active Magazine. When Keswick hotelier…

Interview with Anna Frost, Ultrarunner

New Zealander Anna Frost has been a professional ultra runner since 2004, following a hectic schedule travelling and racing all over the world.  From the peak of setting a new record for the Transvulcania Ultramarathon in May 2012 she hit rock bottom, suffering with female athlete triad, a hormonal imbalance which caused stress fractures and…

PRE RUN WARM-UP Routine

Turn up for any race and you’ll see the full spectrum of warm-up routines. From extensive protocols that take almost as long as the race itself to those that prefer to stay in the car with the heaters on until the last possible moment. Find out what you should and shouldn’t be doing to get…

Spine Challenger

175 kilometres in 60 hours, across the bogs and moors of the Pennine Way and in the depths of winter, Tim Budd tackles the Spine Challenger.  Read more articles like this in Totally Active Magazine. Although I’m generally comfortable covering decent distances on the fells, really long ultras have never really appealed. At least, they…

8 up & coming iPhone apps for preparing for your first 5k run!

With the longer and sunnier days sweeping across the UK, it’s no coincidence that there’s been an increase in runners on the roads and in the parks.  If this summer marks your first time training for a 5K or organised race, this list of 8 up & coming iPhone apps for preparing for your first…

Race Report: 2014 South of England Cross Country Championship

Image source: DeannaVY – Flickr Creative Commons Mud, mud, glorious mud.. Parliament Hill on the day of the South of England Cross Country Championship. Our warm-up has been broken by a stream of women racers crossing the path ahead. We pause to watch the gritty, multi-coloured procession. After negotiating the path, the women descend slightly…

A Fell Running Southerner: Tackling the Langdale Horseshoe

A few weeks ago, avid Fell Runner and SportPursuit Champion Jonny tackled the Langdale Horseshoe which includes 1450m of climbing over rocks and uneven terrain for a distance of 21.1km. Read how it felt likes worlds away from his regular park runs in South London.     There was no warning. I had hurtled downhill…

Traviss Willcox Takes On The Berlin Wall 100 Mile Ultra-Marathon

Source: Danielle Walquist Lynch (Flickr Creative Commons) Pre-Race I signed up for the Berlin 100 ( Der Mauerweglauf or 100 Meilen Berlin) pretty much as soon as I found out about it in September 2012, as much as anything as it was a bi-annual event (though now announced its going to be annual) and there…

10 Inspirational Places To Run In Britain

1. Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh Image credit: Lawrence Murray A mountain amid a city, a volcanic plug, a tourist honeypot. Run over grassy ramparts, slip beneath the towering Salisbury Crags, try not to stop running on a steep, winding, unending staircase, scramble the final steps to the rocky, breezy summit of Arthur’s Seat. While you are unlikely…

Member of the Month – July – Mimi Anderson

Mimi Anderson – known by her blog alias Marvellous Mimi – Picked up running at the age of 36 back in 1999, having never previously been interested in sport. She has spent the last 14 years dedicating herself to this passion – with 3  World Records to show for it. Recently she has directed her fantastic charity…

The SportPursuit Splash & Dash – Round 1

Last weekend was the first round of our multisport swim/race series, the SportPursuit Splash & Dash. With around 150 competitors coming out to the West Reservoir Centre bright and early; we had a great time supporting them in the challenges – and it didn’t take long for our supplies of jelly babies and bananas to…

Strava Pursuit

Seeing as almost everyone in the SportPursuit office is a little bit bike-mad, Strava has been an old friend to many of us. Not too long ago we started up our own group on the site, to allow us to compare (well…show-off) our various weekend adventures. We’ve now opened the group up to all of…

Introducing: The SportPursuit Splash & Dash 2013

Hot on the heels of last month’s announcement of the SportPursuit Open Water Swim Series, we are again proud to announce a new aquathlon event, the SportPursuit Splash and Dash! In conjunction with triathlon event specialists Capital Tri, the aquathlon will be taking place across two dates this summer – 16th June & 11th August…

Getting fit in the cold – Doing it safely, and a few benefits

Well once again snow has washed across the United Kingdom – is it just me or do we seem better at coping with it now? – and with a lot of the day now conducted at sub-zero temperatures, motivation to get out and about plummets, people sticking it out in front of the TV, waiting…

Introducing: Liz ‘Runnerstood’ Goodchild

SportPursuit would like to welcome born-again marathon runner Liz Goodchild as our new running guest-blogger. Since starting Runnerstood in early-2011,  the wild-haired author has completed marathons, half-marathons and ultra-marathons across the globe. We look forward to feeling inspired…and unfit. Four years ago, I got up from the couch where I had lazily dozed all day,…

How to Train in Winter!

In the last few days it’s been fair to say the temperatures have dropped. It’s been less mid-autumn and more all-out winter. In the north, there was even some snow and this unseasonal weather obviously affects training. Clearly if the problem is merely the cold then that can be counter-acted by wearing some well-made baselayers…

Pearl Izumi: A Fountain of Pearls

Invest in some top quality cycling clothing and you definitely get what you pay for. The right gear can improve your speed, keep you comfortable in extreme weather conditions, and make your overall experience of cycling much more comfortable. Not to mention the fact that it looks fantastic! We’re really pleased to bring Pearl Izumi…

Top Kit Essentials: From Running Clothes to Gadgets

If you’re new to running and want to make the most out of your new hobby, you want to make sure you’re prepared. It’s easy to get confused by all the terms used by professionals but starting out with the right kit from appropriate running clothes to a quality sports watch, will make your journey…

Barefoot Trainers: A Paradox in Running Clothes

When is comes to running clothes and footwear, is the principle “less is more” true? We take a look at the increasingly popular trend of barefoot running and consider three of the best barefoot trainers. People have run barefoot for most of our evolutionary history, so it’s not exactly a new phenomenon. But it suddenly became…

The Great North Run: running clothes and the rest!

Every September the dress code on Tyneside changes to running clothes and training shoes, as the Great North Run half-marathon takes over the streets in a blaze of colour and goodwill. As it is ‘only’ thirteen miles it makes an achievable goal for your first big event. Often imitated but never equalled, the largest half-marathon…

How Great Running Clothes give Keen Athletes the Edge

When it comes to performance running clothes, this year’s Olympic athletes won’t leave anything to chance. Many elite runners will be donning high-tech brands hoping it will give them the edge in races where every second, if not millisecond, counts.  So what is the latest gear sports companies are offering to boost athletic performance? At…