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How interval running around Chapelfield Gardens helped me run my first marathon in under four hours

Feeling unfit as he neared 40, Jon Welch, pictured above right, took up running. Fast forward five years and Jon, who lives in Norwich, has just run his first marathon and sub four hours, too. Running less was key to it… Continue Reading →

How Andy got back on his bike and set up his new business in Stafford Street

Take a walk past Andy Panks’ shop – AP Cycles and you’re struck by the very cool red and black bike logo – bold striking colours and a bit edgy. I like your logo, who did it, I asked him… Continue Reading →

Mr Bremner’s big run for the miners

October 25 1984 was a big news day in Norwich. At Carrow Road a fire was engufling the City Stand which was keeping the reporters and photographers busy. So busy, in fact, that they almost missed another little piece of… Continue Reading →

End of an era for Umberto as Vegan restaurant gets set to open in St Benedict’s Street

For nearly 25 years he has been a feature of Norwich’s restaurant scene. But now Umberto Iannello is calling it a day with plans to put his feet up and to travel – including a trip to see his daughter… Continue Reading →

Adrian’s 3.2 mile run back to medieval Norwich

Running and taking in the splendours of Norwich’s medieval churches is not something, you suspect, most people would normally consider doing at the same time. But for Adrian Galvin it is a combination which he hopes will be attractive to… Continue Reading →

From parkrun to marathon -meet the man who used his thinking skills to get up and running

By Shaun Lowthorpe Main picture of Stuart Sayer courtesy of keithwhitmore.co.uk When Stuart Sayer finished running the Marriot’s Way half marathon on February 19 his first thought was how come his running buddies Clive and Angela had finished so strongly ahead… Continue Reading →

Parkrun tourism – destination Mulbarton

Organisers celebrate 200th parkrun event I’ve always fancied taking a trip abroad which would combine a marathon or half..Dublin, Amsterdam, Tokyo anybody?   And it’s always been a dream to head to Seville for a run – the one which… Continue Reading →

How running helped me recover from losing my seat at the General Election

By Shaun Lowthorpe Title picture by Raymond Taylor (www.GentlemanPhotographer.co.uk) Simon Wright pulled off a stunning victory in the General Election of 2010 to seize the Norwich South seat for the Liberal Democrats from Charles Clarke by 310 votes. But five… Continue Reading →

Running into trouble with an X-rated blog…apparently

They say you turn into your parents eventually.But if that’s the case, my transformation is a pretty circuitous route – my dad preferred darts to running, five pints instead of 5ks, the Sun on Sunday instead of the Sunday Times…… Continue Reading →

Guest Post: Running my way back to me

Writer and former journalist Donna-Louise Bishop, founder and lead tutor of Write Norfolk, explains why this year has been one for realising her dreams – and how running helped along the way. I can still hear Miss Baker’s* voice shouting at… Continue Reading →

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