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Neil Featherby: Running legends of the past can teach us so much

“That was really hard” - a comment I have heard from several runners who I advise during the last couple of weeks. Whilst this year has most certainly not followed the usual pattern for any of us, in running terms this is a time of year when winter work starts and that of course means after a…
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Neil Featherby: Running goals and how to ensure your motivation survives

    I regularly talk about motivation and what lies behind a person’s drive and determination to achieve their goals. What with the current Covid situation and basically so many things being put on hold, retaining motivation really is so very important. Earlier this week my other half Steph had to put together a video…
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Neil Featherby: The amazing story of Cecil Taylor’s record books

The programme front cover from the Norwich City Sports Club event at the Nest in 1911 Picture: Sportlink. As I write this week’s column, we have already had more than 125 people signed up for the Sportlink Athletics Norfolk Smile 1 mile challenge which, of course, has also led to many of the entrants asking…
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Neil Featherby: The importance of wearing good running shoes for running.

Whilst wearing good quality running shoes do not cure injuries, they certainly do help to reduce the risk of impact injuries associated with running particularly with those who are new to this very popular past time. More people than ever are now taking up running particularly at this current time which has seen people of…
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Neil Featherby: How a busy mum fits running around her life

Kathryn with son Joe after running The Breckland 10K and Children’s Fun Run. Picture: Kathryn Hammond I must start this week’s column with a big well done to all those people who completed their Virtual London Marathon challenge last Sunday. While I was out running with my dogs and friends, we saw several people running…
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Neil Featherby: How I would tackle a virtual marathon

Neil Featherby going past Cutty Sark at the 1986 London Marathon. Picture: Neil Featherby Whilst 100 elite competitors will be running 19 laps around St James Park in London on Sunday morning, thousands of others will be participating in a Virtual London Marathon Run – “The 40th Race, Your Way.” After a year of the…
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Autumn Running Tips

Preparing for the dark nights As soon as the clocks go back and the darkness of night out weighs that of the light of day along with a drop in temperature, for many this is off putting when it comes to finding the motivation to open the door and take those first few steps out…
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Neil Featherby: Tough times for athletics amid recovery from Covid-19

Professional triathlete Joe Skipper during a recent training track race at the UEA Sportspark.Picture:Ben Meen Whilst I have mentioned in my last couple of columns about the tentative return to competitive athletics again here in Norfolk, it appears that it is not just the recent Covid-19 pandemic which is the only problem surrounding local athletics,…
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Neil Featherby: Local athletes are on their way back

Run Norwich has been cancelled this year Picture: Epic Action Imagery In the week that Run Norwich was officially cancelled for 2020, there was thankfully a couple of pieces of good news – Athletics Norfolk are to hold some events behind closed doors, and my old mate Tommy Hughes (from Gulladuff in Northern Ireland) won a half…
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