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Next Race Event – Orienteering in the City – Sunday 20th November 2016

Orienteering in the City - Sunday 20th November 2016

Try "Urban Orienteering" with a run or walk through the historic medieval city centre of Norwich with courses that will physically and mentally challenge you.

Urban Orienteering is a race that does not follow a set route. Instead you just have to visit a series of checkpoints. Your challenge is first to decide what you think the quickest route will be between the checkpoints and then to find your own way along that route using a map. The checkpoints are not hidden, but they may be down small alleyways or behind trees. Since it is a race your aim will be to visit all the checkpoints in the correct order in as fast a time as possible. To do that, you need to pick the quickest route, which may not always be the shortest. Is it quicker to go over a hill or round it?

Urban orienteering takes place in city streets and parks; the route you take will be mainly on tarmac roads and paths and there may be some sections of grass. It does not matter how young, old or fit you are, as you can run, walk or jog the course and progress at your own pace and help will be available to get you started for those new to the sport. There are courses to suit all ages and abilities. The event is run by Norfolk Orienteering Club, and the Event Centre is at Norwich Lower School within the Cathedral precincts. Visit the website for more information. www.norfolkoc.co.uk

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Come and run in Halesworth with Paul Evans on Saturday 19th November.

Two very significant things have happened at Sportlink over the past few months and we’d love it if you could show your support.

Back in September we opened our first specialist running shop in Halesworth Suffolk and a few weeks later we welcomed close friend and former Olympian and Chicago Marathon winner Paul Evans to the business.

Anyone who knows Paul will know he has a real passion for getting people active and one of his first things he wanted to do was start up a running group from our Halesworth shop. It’s not a chipped time event, nor is it a park run, it’s a group session for people who want to run, whether you’re new to running, haven’t run for years and miss it, or spend more time running than anything else!

So, from Saturday 19th November you can now join other like minded people and go for a run around Halesworth. The plan is to set off from our shop in the Thoroughfare from 9am for a nice jog and a chat, not too much chatting! Afterwards they’ll be a Q&A session back at the shop for anyone interested.

Please show your support and come and have some fun.

If you're interested in coming along for a run then please call the shop on 01986 475440 and let us know. We look forward to seeing you on the day.

 

 

 

Fancy a job in specialist retail?

We're looking for part time staff for our new store in Halesworth. Whilst previous experience is not a must, you must be friendly, confident, flexible and cheerful with the ability to use your own initiative as well as being highly enthusiastic about offering  exceptional levels of customer service. Product (Footwear & Equipment) and Sports Science training will be given, but you will be expected to be able to understand and utilise technical information whilst having a real passion for all things running.

If a job in specialist retail is right for you then give Steve Gibbs a call on 01603 868606 or 07926109410. Or email steve@sportlink.co.uk.

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News Flash – We’re expanding into Suffolk

As part of our continued expansion we’re opening a new store on the Thoroughfare in Halesworth. We’ve been looking to move into Suffolk for a while and now the opportunity has come about to take over one of the oldest buildings in the town, dating back to 1474.

Work is currently underway to turn this building into what we believe will be a truly unique service for runners in and around the Suffolk area. Our existing Taverham branch see’s runners come from far and wide to get the help, support and advice they need. With Halesworth opening soon we’re confident we can now offer the same unique service to people in Suffolk, it just means they don’t have to travel so far now!

The new store will be open from Saturday 10th September and will stock the latest designs in sports clothing, running shoes, be it on or off road, nutritional supplements and gait analysis, a system which will allow us to assess runners unique running characteristics and recommend the correct type of running shoe to aid each individuals performance – whether a beginner, a regular runner or a repeat marathon runner.

It’s no surprise that we’ll be having an official opening so watch this space for more info. Paul Evans will be one of the main guests of honour for this occasion.

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Good luck to our amazing friend Mandy Foyster

We at Sportlink send Mandy our very best wishes as we are sure our many friends do too.
Mandy's itinerary
Day 1 ~ Sat 13th August : Leave home 8am, do Catton parkrun, leave Catton parkrun 10am heading towards Rutland Water via Watton & Downham Market ~ sleeping out somewhere.
Day 2 ~ Sun 14th August: Cycling towards Market Drayton via Leicester, Tamworth & Stafford ~ sleeping out somewhere.
Day 3 ~ Mon 15th August: Via Llangollen to near Betws-y- coed. Campsite for the night.
Day 4 ~ Tues 16th August: To Llanberis leave bicycle at V12 outdoor shop & climb up Snowdon ~ sleep on summit.
Day 5 ~ Wed 17th August: Trek down Snowdon, collect cycle & continue around the coast of North Wales via Bangor, Conwy, Prestatyn & Flint ~ onto the Wirral peninsula ~ sleep out somewhere.
Day 6 ~ Thurs 18th August: Ferry across the Mersey to Liverpool. Then onto near Preston ~ sleep out somewhere.
Day 7 ~ Fri 19th August: Via Blackpool, Fleetwood ferry to Morecambe & then onto Milnthorpe in Lancashire ~ camping at a friend of a friend’s home.
Day 8 ~ Sat 20th August: Windermere parkrun then onto Wasdale Head. Leave bike at the Wasdale Head Inn & climb Scafell ~ sleep on summit.
Day 9 ~ Sun 21st August: Trek down Scafell, collect cycle & continue on via Hardknott & Wrynose Pass towards Helvellyn & then onto campsite at Pooley Bridge.
Day 10 ~ Mon 22nd August: Cycle up to Hadrians Wall & then into Scotland & via Lockerbie towards Moffat ~ sleep out somewhere.
Day 11 ~ Tues 23rd August: Onto Glasgow & then to Loch Lomond ~ sleep out somewhere.
Day 12 ~ Wed 24th August: Wriggling around the Scottish Lochs & ending up in Oban ~ campsite for the night (hopefully).
Day 13 ~ Thurs 25th August: Ferry across to Isle of Mull. Cycle up to Tobermory then catch another ferry to Kilchoan & cycle onto campsite at Resipole next to Loch Sunart.
Day 14 ~ Fri 26th August: Cycle to Fort William, go across a little ferry & leave bike at the Glen Nevis Visitor Centre. Climb up Ben Nevis ~ sleep on the summit.
Day 15 ~ Sat 27th August: Wake up aged 50! Trek down Ben Nevis. Cycle 90 miles over the Scottish Highlands to Invermill campsite at Dunkeid, just above Perth.
Day 16 ~ Sun 28th August: Cycle to Perth. Run the Perth 10k road race & then cycle on towards Edinburgh ~ sleep out somewhere.
Day 17 ~ Mon 29th August: Via Galashiels & Jedburgh back into England & towards Otterburn in Northumberland ~ sleep out somewhere.
Day 18 ~ Tues 30th August: To Newcastle Upon Tyne then via Gateshead & onto Middlesbrough & towards the North York Moors ~ sleep out somewhere.
Day 19 ~ Wed 31st August: North York Moors then cycling via Malton towards Kingston Upon Hull & towards Grimsby ~ sleeping somewhere (hoping to find a campsite).
Day 20 ~ Thurs 1st September: Cycling around the east coast via Mablethorpe & Skegness to Boston & then on towards Kings Lynn ~ sleeping out somewhere.
Day 21 ~ Fri 2nd September: messing about in Norfolk & heading slowly towards home.
I hope to be back in time to do Catton parkrun on Saturday 3rd September .
THE END ~ Well apart from the Great North Run the following weekend.

Reepham 10k

The next race on the calendar is the Reepham 10k, happening on Sunday 21st August. Starting in Reepham and heading out on quiet country lanes you return along Marriotts Way, a great course for all abilities.

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Mud, Sweat and Tears – of Laughter. All in aid of Charity!

If you happened to be driving through Felthorpe at around 7pm on Saturday night you’d have been forgiven for thinking that you’d taken a wrong turn! The beautiful country lanes and scenic woodland around the village was taken over by Freddy Kruger,  Willy Wonka and a band of merry Oompa Loompas, a motley crew of pirates, numerous Where’s Wallys and Four Men and a Baby – yes, that’s a man dressed as a baby – to name but a few!

This wasn’t a new venue for Britain’s Got Talent auditions but the Hare and Hound Charity Summer Run 2016.

Not for the faint hearted, 18 teams and 90 people in total raced to catch the Hares (also known as race organiser Neil Featherby and Joe Woodley) through a six mile course over road, field, woodland and swamp. The debateable “highlight” of the run being a slog through The Drewray, a mud filled bog. Suffice to say none of the competitors came out the same colour they went in, and there were even sightings of an Oompa Loompa rescuing Where’s Wally!

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Starting and finishing at The Mariners pub in Felthorpe, the high spirits continued afterwards with runners comparing battle wounds and mud covered costumes whilst taking part in a raffle, which comprised of prizes donated by individuals and local businesses.

This charity race is the brain child of Neil Featherby, owner of Sportlink in Taverham, and has been a regular feature in Felthorpe’s calendar since 2002 with the Hare and Hound Boxing Day Run. There hasn’t been a summer version since 2007, but Neil felt this was the year to revive it.

“The reason behind the Hare and Hound Run is to raise much needed funds for local charities, such as Hallswood Animal Sanctuary, Lex’s Legacy Dog Rescue and Felthorpe Village Hall. So, bringing the summer run back is purely to raise more money for these charities” said Neil, “However, the Hare and Hound Runs are a lot of fun and we knew people would support us”

The amount raised from last Saturday’s very muddy Hare and Hound antics is £1850 bringing the overall total to in excess of £10,000.

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Sport Relief 2016 at Sportlink

Part of a great team

Sport Relief is brought to you by Comic Relief which, since 1985, has helped countless people thanks to the amazing generosity and fundraising brilliance of the British public.

Here at Sportlink we are supporting Sport Relief 2016. Come and join us Friday, Saturday and Sunday and guess how many sporty items are in the Asics Meta Run cube. £1 a guess, winner gets a large Easter egg.

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Danny Mills pays Marathon tribute to Bobby Moore

It’s not just the staff who run at Sportlink Running & Fitness as Sportlink Business Partner and Director Danny Mills who along with shop manager Steve Gibbs is going to tackle this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon. See link for more details of Danny’s exciting challenge.

Former England international footballer Danny Mills will pay a special tribute to World Cup-winning captain Bobby Moore when he takes on the 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday 24 April.

To mark the 50th year since Moore lifted the Jules Rimet trophy, the ex-Charlton and Leeds right back will don a replica of the famous red shirt worn by the ‘Boys of ‘66’ that day and also pin on runner number 1966 to honour the occasion.

Mills will be running in aid of the Bobby Moore Fund, a charity partner of Cancer Research. The Fund was set up by Moore’s wife Stephanie following his death, aged 51, in 1993 from bowel cancer. To date the Fund has raised over £22 million.

“I’ve been involved with the Fund for few years now,” says Mills. “When this came along and they asked me to run, with it being 50 years since Bobby lifted the trophy and such a big year for them, I said yes.”

The 19-cap Mills is no stranger to the distance, having completed the Brighton Marathon in a wheelchair for another fundraising challenge, and also run the Yorkshire Marathon. After spending the early part of his career in Charlton, the first miles of the London course will be familiar territory for the 38-year-old.

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“If you’re going to choose one marathon in world, it would be London,” he says. “It’s a massive box to tick, with all the crowds and supporters in streets. And I’ve been given the opportunity to do it for great cause. You can’t say no.”

Having run Yorkshire in 3:17, Mills insists he is not on a mission to dip under three hours in London, or to make a race of it with fellow ex-pro Clarke Carlisle, who is also running for the Bobby Moore Fund.

“The hardest bit was getting a time out of my head,” he says. “Three-thirty is respectable. I could really go for a time or go out and enjoy it, and that’s the point; to get round in a reasonable time and savour the atmosphere. I want to remember and enjoy the whole experience.”

Wearing the famous red shirt, white shorts and red socks, and with Moore’s famous No. 6 emblazoned on his back, Mills hopes his attire will help raise extra awareness for the cause, and says he has been tailoring his training to accommodate the wear and tear his playing days took on his legs.

“I always enjoyed running in pre-season. I was worth about four times as much as I was when the balls came out and we started playing! I’m a natural runner, but when I got injured at the end of my career it took me two years to be able to run again. I train a bit differently because of that, so I tend not to do really long runs. I do more runs, but they’re shorter to give my knees less of a pounding, and I do a lot of gym work alongside it.

“I never thought I’d be able to do it with my knees, but over time I’ve got stronger. To say you’ve done the London Marathon is a fantastic achievement.”

They’ve arrived…..Asics MetaRun WOW!

They've arrived here at Sportlink Running-Fitness Specialists....the Asics MetaRun and at £200 it needs to be special. Having tried them on, well all I can personally say is wow and they definitely are very special. The feel under foot and above foot is superb. Cushioning whilst still being able to feel the ground is spot on and the upper has to be as near to the perfect fit as you can get. If you get a blister in these (for those who do buy them) then I will be really surprised. Without a doubt running (and clothing/equipment) technology is definitely improving almost by the week and coming from someone like myself who puts the basics first and foremost then this shoe for me is a cut above. As for the price, well the jury is still out on that one, but time will tell. However I do remember Nike and New Balance introducing the first £100 running shoes back in 1983 which was probably far more extreme back then. Incidentally, we have already sold a pair....well done Catherine Hodds.....I can't wait to get feedback from you.
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The Asics MetaRun the next Generation of Long Distance Running Shoes or say they say. Feel free to pop into Sportlink Running-Fitness Specialists and try a pair out so as to make your own judgement.

Coming Soon…..

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Designed with human intelligence in mind and the drive for making the best long-distance runners shoe, ASICS and the ASICS Institute of Sport Science introduce MetaRun.

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Adapting and contouring to your individual running style, MetaRun is built using the latest ASICS exclusive technologies providing you with the best and first ever running shoe with a responsive ride. Experience it to believe it.
Introducing five new technologies FlyteFoam, Adapttruss, Jacquard Mesh, MetaClutch, and X-GEL.

Mother’s Day Special

Treat Mum this Mother's Day. Mother's Day special this weekend.
20% OFF All Women’s Shoes & Clothing SATURDAY 5th & SUNDAY 6th MARCH
Quote 'All Mums Run' to member of staff at point of purchase to claim the discount.

Valentine’s Weekend Deals

We are feeling romantic and getting in the mood for love, this weekend at Sportlink, with our special Valentine's Day offer....3 for 2 on all Hilly socks, from Friday 12th through to Sunday 14th February 2016, while stocks last. Treat your feet, they serve you well, so show them some love and stock up on socks.

TORQ Nutrition at Sportlink Saturday 6th February

TORQ Nutrition will be spending the day at Norfolk's premier specialist Running store Sportlink, this coming Saturday 6th February.

TORQ will be on hand for you to try and sample the superb range of TORQ Energy gels and the Brand New TORQ Recovery Bars & TORQ Chews..!

They will also be on hand to talk about Sports Nutrition in general, expel a few myths, help you get your Fuelling and Recovery strategies right and generally be there to help you get the best out of your training & racing - whether you're taking on your first Marathon or Ultra Marathon - help from TORQ will be at hand.

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Advent Deal 24 – December 24th

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20% off any Asics Lite Show product in store. Range includes Asics cumulus 17, Asics GT 2000-4, women's jackets, mens and women's tights, long and short sleeve t-shirts.

Check out the Sportlink Advent Calendar between now and Christmas Eve where we will have a surprise spectacular offer
on a particular item each day. However each special offer (24 in total) will be for the one applicable day only !

A fantastic opportunity to purchase a product at an amazing price for yourself or as a gift for someone else.

WIN A £50 GIFT VOUCHER
Each person who makes a purchase from our Advent Calendar will go into a prize draw which will take place after christmas for which the winner will win a £50 gift voucher and notified by email and named on our website and facebook.

Tips to Tackle Christmas Training and Eating!

Season’s greetings ! For me personally, Christmas has always been a good time to get a hard block of training in; I’m on holiday, I can do more running off-road in the light and I have more time for rest and recovery. That said, I don’t have any small children of my own to jump on my head at 5am on Christmas morning! For many people it can be tricky to balance the demands of family and friends with a training schedule over the festive period. So with that in mind, here are my five tips to tackle Christmas training;

Be flexible Be prepared to be flexible with your training over the festive period. You don’t have to be a slave to your schedule and you shouldn’t feel guilty if you’re not! You should do what training is realistic with your other commitments. You may have to shift your sessions about a bit within your week to accommodate your plans. If you are really pushed for time but want to get some faster, quality running in the bank, then you could try one of these time effective sessions:

  • 10 minute warm up, 20 minute tempo run (run at a comfortably hard pace), 10 minute warm down.
  • 10 minutes easy, 10 minutes steady, 10 minutes at tempo pace, 10 minutes easy.
  • Out & back run: Run out in one direction for 15 minutes and try to return in a faster time.

Plan ahead Busy periods always require that little bit extra organisation. Try, if possible, to plan when you are going to run and preserve that time in the day. If you dedicate a time slot to training, you are much more likely to get out of the door and you also give yourself the opportunity to organise some childcare if necessary.

Everything in moderation At this time of year it seems that everywhere you go there is that fatal tin of Quality Street and you can never eat just one! How do you cope with the endless temptation at Christmas? You don’t need to count calories it’s just a matter of being sensible. Everything in moderation! It’s easy to eat a lot of food containing ‘empty calories’ with little in the way of nutrients. Don’t worry about the amount of food you’re eating, just keep an eye on the quality. You should still ensure that you’re eating enough quality carbohydrate, protein, vitamins and minerals to support your training. Pass the sprouts!

Remember to hydrateIf you enjoy a little tipple at Christmas then there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, but you will need to make sure that you offset the diuretic effect of alcohol with plenty of water. Even mild dehydration can have a fairly significant negative effect on your performance, recovery and immune system.

Don’t over compensate Missing the odd run or eating one mince pie too many over Christmas won’t do you too much harm but trying to make up for it will! If you do miss a bit of training or over-indulge, don’t be tempted to try and play ‘catch up’ by training extra hard or embarking on an extreme diet after Christmas. This will more than likely result in illness or injury. I hope these tips help! Happy training and happy Christmas! Ho ho ho!

 

Top diet Tips to have a healthier Christmas

Make time for a good breakfast and never skip meals Always start your day with a good quality protein breakfast which will set you up for the rest of the day. Look to include foods such as eggs, salmon or chicken. It’ll regulate your appetite and prevent energy dips too. The worst thing you can do is to just have a coffee on an empty stomach – you’ll almost certainly crave something naughty later on.

Avoid skipping meals too. At this time of year, many people think that if they starve during the day then they can go crazy when they go out that evening. This means that blood sugar levels drop too low and you won’t be able to control your cravings later on. Look to include good fats in your meals too such as coconut oils, avocados, smoked salmon, mackerel, seeds, nuts and nut spreads (such as almond, hazelnut and tahini) which will make you feel fuller for longer and stop blood sugar levels dropping too low. Always make time to have three good quality meals a day, no matter how busy you are.

Enjoy your Christmas dinner - just exercise portion-control traditional Christmas roast is actually quite healthy, it’s just the add-ons that need to be more carefully monitored. Roast turkey is a great example of a lean healthy protein which is rich in selenium and helps in the production of serotonin. Brussel sprouts are pretty much a super food in my opinion - they’re full of nutrients and recent studies have shown that they can reduce the risk of cancer too.

Try to avoid rich, creamy sauces and sugary ones like cranberry sauce as well. Instead of dessert, maybe opt for a couple of glasses of wine instead during the meal. Ultimately though, your Christmas lunch should be enjoyed, so don’t be too hard on yourself! Look to control portion sizes instead. As a rough rule of thumb, look to divide your plate as follows: 25% for potatoes and starchy foods (the ‘naughty’ section of your plate!), 50% for vegetables,25% for protein.

Experiment with desserts If the lure of dessert is too much, try making a few substitutions if you can. Instead of brandy butter, other great alternative creamy sauces could be nut cream, vanilla almond cream or COYO coconut yoghurt. Other suggestions could be a chia seed and orange pudding (which is similar to rice pudding) or an almond and orange cake instead made using coconut oil and ground almonds.

Be in control of your snacks Ensure that you have all of your health foods available to you at home or in the office so that you don't fall prey to going out hungry, or getting home and picking on junk because you’re hungry or have drunk too much. This is where the good fats like avocados, mackerel, salmon and nut spreads come in handy. If you’re hosting a party, try serving roasted vegetables instead of crisps and maybe something a little different like spicy roasted chickpeas or smoked mackerel pate, which is full of good fats and will keep you fuller for longer. Serve with celery and carrot sticks for the finishing touch. If you’re the guest, eat before you go and line your stomach with protein, so it makes it easier to say no when tempted!

Steer clear of mixers Pure vodka is actually the least calorific spirit, but once mixers are used, this goes out the window as they contain so much sugar! For this reason, cocktails are the most fattening. My recommendations would be prosecco and sparkling wine as they don’t introduce such high levels of sugar into the blood. Make sure you have a glass of water in between drinks. This will keep you hydrated so that you feel better the next day

 

New Year Inspirations and Inspirational People!

As I was walking to work very recently it suddenly dawned on me that it was 5 years to the day that I first visited Sportlink Running & Fitness and bought my first proper pair of running shoes. It made me reflect how different my life is now compared to back then.

I first ventured into Sportlink prior to embarking on my maiden marathon journey (Paris April 2011) and whilst being ridiculous unhealthy I knew a decent pair of running shoes would be a good starting point. At the time I was still smoking 20 a day and drinking at least two bottles of wine a night so let’s just say that whilst I got round the 26.2 miles of the Paris streets, the outcome was not very pretty. However and most importantly my immediate thoughts were that I wanted to do better and The Running Bug had well and truly bitten me!

Going back to my junior years I was obsessed with sport, my evenings, weekends and school holidays were consumed with sport. I loved it, I loved competing and I loved the challenges sport presented. Through my early teenage years I was playing cricket at a national level and playing football with Norwich City. Although I never considered myself as a runner I was running cross county at county level and ran in two national schools championships. As I moved towards my later teenage years it became apparent that I would not fulfil my dream of playing professional cricket or football (I genuinely just assumed it would happen in one of the two sports) and my interest began to wane. I still played football and cricket at the highest local level, but my heart wasn't really in it and I had discovered a new passion called smoking and drinking. By my early twenties I had stopped all sport and was working even harder on my twenty a day habit. My alcohol consumption was consistently in excess of 150 units a week as well. This continued right through my twenties and in truth increased as I moved into my thirties.

Just to add to the car crash I had developed an eating disorder (anorexia) which in reality went back to my mid twenties resulting in a loss of over one third of my body weight. Standing at 6 foot 3 and weighing 9.5 stone wasn't a particularly healthy position to be in and was a frequent visitor to A&E due to regularly collapsing. I was so weak I couldn't support my own body weight! After 2-3 years of starvation I received some great support from the NHS and moved slowly towards a more normal body weight and an improved relationship with food (it will never be normal again but by applying certain strategies things can at least appear reasonably normal).

As a mechanism to cope with the mental scars of an eating disorder I really hit the booze hard and I am ashamed to say that it wasn't just alcohol I consumed as a means of 'escapism and was also using controlled substances at what could be considered as that of substantial and frequent consumption. This lasted for a good five years and needless to say my health was in a terrible state. Drinking in the morning was a fairly regular occurrence and use of other substances had pretty much slipped out of control. I genuinely couldn't walk up a flight of stairs without gasping for air and having to stop at the top to catch my breath. Thankfully a turning point did occur when my employer at the time said he was organising a charity 5k and a work colleague mocked me for not being able to run 100 metres let alone 5k. Just what I needed and the challenge had been laid down! I dug out a pair of old trainers and went for my first training run. It lasted 400 metres before I threw up and had to walk home feeling very unwell and out of breath. I consoled myself with a beer and a cigarette. The second run did actually last nearly a mile before I had to cling on to a lamp post on the verge of collapse. I carried on having the odd run here and there and was confident of being able to complete the 5k and whilst things did get a little better, I never made the start line. After a rather excessive day that went through the night meant I was going to bed when the 5k was starting.

Having to face my boss and of course mocking work colleague really was not good. However, it did give me a good kick and things started to turn around a little bit for which I done my best to focus on the fact that I used to be a competitive sportsman who thrived on physical challenges. Slowly, very slowly, I ran more and consumed less. I kept in my head the embarrassment of missing the 5k charity run and even closer to home the words of my sister when spending time in New York whilst at the height of my excessive ways which just happened to be when the New York Marathon was on. I commented that I used to love watching the London marathon as a kid and that one day I would like to run one. My sister laughed so hard she nearly fell off her seat, it was an absurd statement. She told me that I didn't have the self discipline to run a marathon.

As previously mentioned the Paris marathon was not a pretty affair and I was disappointed with my time but I completed it. To celebrate I smoked 20 cigarettes and drank copious amounts of alcohol. I woke up the next day with a sense of needing to do better, I knew I could do better, there just had to be more focus and discipline. I haven't had a cigarette since.

I went back to Sportlink and bought my next pair of 'marathon' trainers. A few strong words of encouragement from the staff and I was off preparing for Amsterdam in October 2011. This proved to be a marked improvement on the Paris effort and I felt very encouraged and satisfied that I was now achieving something positive. Training had given me a new meaning to life and whilst not fully recovered the consumption of alcohol had seriously eased.

Being a competitive individual I wanted to continue to improve and by focusing on training hard all aspects of my life improved and four years after that first marathon in Paris I achieved the London marathon championship entry time by running a sub 2:45 marathon. I am very aware that there are many many runners who are far better than I will ever be, but thinking back to where I was 5 years ago I feel satisfied inside to know that personal progress has been made. Life is a funny old thing, but it is precious and sometimes when you think that you are right at the bottom, it is still possible to turn things around with a little bit of focus, hard work and honesty to those around you and just as importantly yourself. Never ever give up on yourself and if my story helps inspire just one person then I am glad that I have shared these very personal thoughts of mine here on the Sportlink website.

I would also like to thank Neil and his team for all the help and advice over those past 5 years and of course friends and family who have helped me along the way and never ever forgetting those immortal words of my sister when in New York. I now smile every time I enter a marathon thanks to her. Onwards and upwards as they say!!

*The above has taken me a long time to put down in words, but after a conversation with Neil in respect of him telling me that lots of highly motivated and driven people have had personal issues and setbacks to deal with in their lives hence why they are so driven made me realise that I am not the only one and perhaps I shouldn’t shut away all my personal problems of the past especially if it helps others. Yes I still beat myself up at times about my past failings and I am sure my thirst for hard training goes someway to trying to make up for lost time. However if it is the training and running which now helps mitigate what I suppose was in the past self destructive tendencies, then at least it has given me a purpose in life and of course the benefits from being healthy, happy and contented through sport once again.

Christmas Opening Times

We would like to wish all our friends (old and new), customers and clients a Very Merry Christmas and are looking forward to seeing you all again from Dec 27th for some SUPER SPECIAL XMAS HOLIDAYS PRICES on Footwear, Clothing & Accessories where we will be happy to kit you out in the right equipment for all your running and fitness requirements.

Christmas Holiday and New Year Opening Hours
Xmas Eve 9.30 till 3.30
Xmas Day Closed
Boxing Day Closed
Dec 27th 10 till 4
Dec 28th 10 till 4.30
Dec 29th 10 till 4.30
Dec 30th 10 till 4.30
New Year's Eve 10 till 4.30
New Year's Day Closed
Jan 2nd 9 till 5.30

*Boxing Day is a traditional day for sport and fun with the family, so why not pop along to see some of our staff and many friends taking part in The Felthorpe Hare & Hounds Boxing Day Fancy Dress Charity X/C Run....The Wackiest of All Races!!! Start & Finish at Felthorpe Village Hall.

Advent Deal 23 – December 23rd

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3pack of Hilly Lite socks, Ronhill Pro Beanie and Ronhill Pro Glove RRP £50 offer price £35

Check out the Sportlink Advent Calendar between now and Christmas Eve where we will have a surprise spectacular offer
on a particular item each day. However each special offer (24 in total) will be for the one applicable day only !

A fantastic opportunity to purchase a product at an amazing price for yourself or as a gift for someone else.

WIN A £50 GIFT VOUCHER
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“Christmas is at Sportlink right now!”

"Christmas is at Sportlink right now!"
A Very Merry Xmas & Happy New Year from everyone at Sportlink

So here it is with a massive thank you to Adrian Fletcher...a little late, but we think well worth it The Sportlink Running-Fitness Specialists Xmas Film for 2015...Starring many friends Richard Howell Victoria Barr Summer Simmons Graham Bainger Phillip Laurier Maria Thornberg Rob Emery Karen Emery Darren Clarke Danny Moloney Michelle Moloney Tracey Bowen Jones Rob Newman Sindy Ratani Joe Woodley Jules Woodley Baz Hipwell Craig Bowen-Jones Sharon Plummer Brenda Hutcheon David Hutcheon Paddy Bowe Andrew Terry Nicki Day Jason Wright Clare Wright + son Adrian Jay Sarah Jay Paul Vincent Nigel Arnold Spencer Goodall Gary Briggs Jim Hayes Mandy Foyster Richard Dade Della Brown Tony Jones Gary Cooper Jonny Reader Ted & Elizabeth Jude Durrant Rick Ward Adam Soall Adrian Fletcher Sally Fletcher + family Charlie Jeffries Mike Palmer Sheila Jones Staff - Stephanie Jones Stephen Gibbs Pete Johnson Kathryn Hammond + Joe Craig Featherby Emma Patel Trudy Deacon & Tony Oslo Tia Luna Hector and special film closing guest thanks to Summer and Victoria Barr....Merry Christmas to all our friends, customers, clients and of course a very Happy Healthy & Fit New Year.

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Go open the door now to see what you could be missing out on…

Book Early !!!

Book Early !!!!

Sports Injury Clinic for those that need sports massage to help aid recovery or treat any unfortunate niggles and strains after Sunday's Race.....

Clinic Open
Monday - Tuesday - Thursday - Friday - Saturday

To book an appointment with Steph,
please call us on 01603 868606 or e-mail us on steph@sportlink.co.uk

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4 Days until Race Day!

4 Days to go until the 31st edition - Sunday 22 November 2015, Norfolk Showground

New start time for 2015 - 10.30am

City of Norwich Half Marathon, organised by the members and friends of City of Norwich AC.

First staged in 1985 by Duke Street Running Club, this race was originally based in the centre of Norwich - hence its name. Then in 1993 it moved to the Norfolk Showground on the western outskirts of the city and it's been there ever since.

This year we have a new single lap course for you and a new start time of 10.30am.

The race starts and finishes within the Norfolk Showground and follows a rural route through the parishes of Easton, Honingham, Colton, Barnham Broom, Marlingford and close to Easton College. The first half of the course is pretty flat with one or two little bumps in the second half. All roads along the race route are closed to through traffic while the race is in progress.

With extensive permanent facilities and car parking at the Norfolk Showground, lots of good viewing opportunities, prizes worth over £4,000 for the fleet of foot, chip timing, one of the best medals around and a decent goody bag for every finisher - it all adds up to a great day out for runners and spectators alike.

This is a BARR Gold Grade event which over the years has earned a reputation for fast times, first class organisation and excellent value for money.

Registration for this year's race opened on 1 January and closed on 10 October when the last of the 3,150 regular places was sold.

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Charity raffle all weekend with some great prizes with proceeds going to BBC’S Children in Need and our in house Hallswood Animal Sanctuary/Joining Paws.

Amazing Birthday Deals

it’s our 21st birthday! come celebrate with us and take advantage of Our Amazing BIRTHDAY Special Offers!

We have some GREAT footwear offers & there is a minimum of 21% off everything else on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday 16th, Our Official Birthday.

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How to master pacing and fuelling during the half marathon

Hands up if you're planning a half marathon? If so, check out these top pacing and nutritional tips and our look at some of the unwritten rules of racing over 13.1 miles.

Plan your pace

Good pace judgement is crucial in a half marathon and it’s something that doesn't happen spontaneously, so you will need a pacing strategy. Once you've set a time goal, you'll need to work backwards so that you can calculate your split times to ensure that you're on track during the race. However, remember that your plan should be flexible. You may need to adjust your time goal and pacing strategy to take into account the weather conditions.

Over 13.1 miles conserving glycogen in first half of the race is essential. The smartest runners are those who spread their effort over the duration of the race by running even or negative splits (where the second half of the race is run faster than the first).  Try not to think that getting ahead of your desired splits early on is 'money in the bank.' It isn’t. In fact it generally results in early glycogen depletion and slower finishing times!

Running long is easier when the weather is cooler. In fact, the ideal temperature for running a half-marathon is between 7 and 10c. This is because your body has to expend less energy regulating your body temperature. Cooler weather also means that you can be slightly more relaxed with your drinking strategy during longer training runs. However, don’t forget that it’s still possible to dehydrate during the winter and even mild dehydration can significantly impair your performance.

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Smart and safe fuelling

Your body can only store enough carbohydrate for around 90 minutes of exercise, so if you're going to be running for over 90 minutes, you'll need to consider topping up your glycogen stores by eating and/or drinking on the run. Water alone does not replace you with the sugars and salts you'll be losing during the race. You can do this with sports drinks but energy gels provide concentrated carbohydrate that is easily digestible on the go. Pop the gels in your pocket/drinks belt or pin them to your shorts and take one every 30 minutes. Try use isotonic gels with electrolytes. Isotonic means that the gels don’t have to be consumed with water at the time of ingestion however you still need to adopt a good hydration strategy that you’ve practiced. Gels with electrolytes will ensure that you are replacing minerals lost through sweating this is still important even in cooler conditions.

Even in cold weather you'll need to have a hydration strategy in place. It is vital to take on fluid in the early stages of the race, even if you don’t feel as if you need it. Drinking little and often is the best strategy to ensure that you remain hydrated and prevent any gastro-intestinal issues. If there are drinks stations en route then avoid the urge to dive for the table to snatch a drink as you could easily cut other runners up, causing an accident.

If possible, try to position yourself on the appropriate side of the road to pick up a drink before you arrive at the table. Before you discard your cup or bottle make sure to check around you and throw it to the side of the course. Nobody wants a face full of sports drink or to roll their ankle on a discarded bottle!

Generally during a half marathon there will be water stations and in the bigger races some sort of energy drink should be available for you to pick up. They are usually spaced out every 5km or so, which means there are plenty of opportunities to grab a drink. My suggestion would be to take on fluids during the early stages of the race because by the time you get to 20km, any liquid you drink isn't going to affect your performance. When you start to feel thirsty it is usually too late because that is a sign you are already in the early stages of being dehydrated. This is why taking on fluid early on means that it’s in your system and absorbed during the time you are still running. Obviously the faster you are running the less likely it is you will need to drink much during the race.

During a 10k I doubt that you will be thinking too much about how much to drink as it’s a relatively short distance and it is unlikely you'll be dehydrated during the run. However with the half marathon, which is more than double the distance of a 10k, it is important to think about your fluid intake during the race. Not only will this help you maximise your performance, but it’s also good practice for that marathon you might be thinking about running next year!

It is very rare that you'll see the elite runners drinking during a half marathon because the amount of time they are running is only around 60 minutes. Taking time to pick up a bottle and drink will only add to their overall time. These elites are all about speed and the finish time!

If you are looking to run say a 2 hour half marathon, you want to start the race having already drunk some water/energy drink a good while before the start. You should be monitoring your urine as this is a good indication as to how hydrated you are. Let's just say something that looks like apple juice means you should be drinking more, and lemon water means you should ease back on the fluids!

Water Station

For the first 10km you might potentially have 2 water stations and you should drink around 100-150ml of liquid each time. This may sound like a lot but you don't have to force it down in three gulps. You can run with the bottle for a couple of minutes, taking small sips, and then get rid of it. That way you'll find it is less likely to affect your stomach and allow you to get a good amount of fluid into your system.

By 15km you should be drinking a little bit less, and this should be the last time you take a drink. As I said before anything you take after this point will not affect your performance because it won't be absorbed by your body before the end of the race.

Another tip is to look at the race website (if there is one) and find out what drinks they are using on the course. When you have that information you can practice with them in your training runs beforehand to make sure you don't have any gut "issues" with them.

Stick at it because it might take a couple of attempts for you to get things right during the half marathon, and drinking while running is definitely an art, especially if it is out a paper cup! Good luck!

Emma

Charity Boxing Day Hare & Hounds X/C Event.

Invitations have now gone out for this year's Charity Boxing Day Hare & Hounds X/C Event. If I've missed you out or you want to run, please contact us at Sportlink ASAP as cut off date is Dec 19th. Please bear in mind this is an extreme event and starts early on the 26th.

Happy 21st Birthday

Happy Birthday to You
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Happy Birthday Dear Sportlink Running-Fitness Specialists​
Happy Birthday to You.

Well not yet but on Monday 16th November we will be 21 Year old. The Birthday Celebrations will kick off on Monday 9th with the finale on Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th and of course Monday 16th... Lots of fun, surprises and of course special offers guaranteed! so we would love to invite all our friends to pop down to the store for lots of Birthday fun, special offers and goodies to be won

...MAYBE SOME CAKE!!!

Sports Injury Clinic Holiday Closure

Book now to get that injury sorted or that niggle ironed our before our Sports Therapist is on holiday. Spaces are still available for Assessments and Sports Massage.

The sports injury clinic will be closed from the 4th July until the 12th July 2015 and will resume sessions on Monday 13th July 2015. Bookings can still be made during this time by calling Sportlink on 01603 868606.

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Our very own Steve Cannell at the third and final race in Gt Yarmouth's 5 mile Road Race series. Having won the first two races and with last night's 2nd place Steve came away as the overall champion for which we at Sportlink are very proud of his achievement.