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OCTOBER IS all about the hardy boys and girls aiming for marathon glory. The fun started on the first weekend of the month with three brilliant, but contrasting events, Chicago marathon, a 40,000 plus major, the Northumbrian gem that is Kielder marathon, and the popular Chester marathon. Kielder is Steve Cram’s baby and the man who kept us up to speed at the Olympics was on hand to make sure all went to plan. The following week the focus moved on to Liverpool where the RunLiverpool team are staging a classic 26.2 miler which sees participants run through the Mersey


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08 MY RUNNING LIFE 10 KIT LOCKER


04 NEWSDESK


12 CELEBRITY RUNNER CRAIG 15 RETAILERS’ TOP TIPS


16 TOP RACES IN NOVEMBER 18 CHARITY STREET


22 SHARON’S BIG EVENT 24 THE BLOGGER’S MATRIX


12 ‘POOL FAVOURITE cover image courtesy of RunLiverpool 20 CHARITY ST


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Tunnel before a glory finish in the shadow of the Liver Building.


Next up is another ‘not to be missed’ event - the Preston Guild marathon on 28 October. Not to be missed because if you do - you’ll have to wait another 20 years before it comes round again!


Marathons apart, the calendar is packed in October as organisers take advantage of ideal racing conditions. Trail races, adventure races, fun 5ks, fell races, not to mention a couple of scary ultras are all on northernrunningguide.com race listings page - there must be something that’s right for you!


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