Category Archives: Interviews

On Improving Running Performance

I’ve done pretty good in my running this year. The first 6 events I took part in, in wildly varying weather and underfoot conditions, resulted in me beating my personal bests over 4 distances and gaining my first ever 1st place at a 10km race whilst the last event, a 50 mile mountain trail event that was meant to be just a bit of fun, delivered an age group podium finish. This short article tries to explain the reasons for this relative success. Here are a few finish line selfies to…

My challenge to improve my health and achieve a Half Marathon personal best, while attempting to discover a love of running along the way…

by Laura Kimberley I don’t really like running. I feel I should make that clear before going into any details about what I’m doing or why I’m doing them. I am a fundamentally lazy human; I like reading, trashy telly and online shopping but I also want to be healthy and like most women my age (nearly 30!!!) I worry about my body image. My fiancé is mega fit and super active and recently he has been helping me to put things into perspective about getting the body shape that…

An Interview With Vlad Ixel

Vlad started running in 2012 and turned vegan shortly afterwards. In June 2013 he entered the 75km Kep ultramarathon in Perth, Australia and won by over 5 minutes, setting a course record. He’s also won the Northface 100km events in Singapore and Thailand, the TMBT 100km in Malaysia, and numerous other races across a range of distances in Australia and the Far East Hi Vlad, thanks for speaking to us today. Can I start by asking what motivated you to start running? I have rather an excessive personality. When I…

An Interview with Purple Patch Race Director and GB Masters Elite Athlete Claire Donald

With a variety of events and distances (from 5km road races up to a standard distance Duathlon) plus a virtual running club, training camps in UK and overseas and coaching, Purple Patch Running offer a vast range of services for every type of athlete. We caught up with Purple Patch director and Elite Masters Athlete Claire Donald to learn more about the brand… So Purple Patch Running is definitely an eye-catching name. Where did the name come from? It was a combination of two things: 1) a ‘purple patch’ is a…

An Interview with TEKO Socks Owner Gordon Fraser

Leading international “eco-performance” sock brand TEKO has been a favourite of ours for several years, we love their ethical credentials (which you can read about in depth here) and that some of their socks are made out of recycled polyester made from plastic drinks bottles and recycled polyamide made from recycled industrial fishing nets, whilst others use organic merino wool. So we were delighted to hear that they were a winner in the ‘Sustainable Innovations’ category at the 10th annual International OutDoor Industry Awards held in Germany recently for their new ‘REGENERATE ME’…