Why run? // Competition [closed]: Win a copy of Like The Wind magazine

Why bother running? It's just walking but a bit quicker after all. I've been pondering this on and off over the last few months but before I go off on a ramble, let's get to the juicy bit  - a competition to win a copy of the the running magazine with a difference, Like The Wind. [competition now closed. Congrats to the winners]

Like The Wind magazine focuses on why we run rather than how we run. They cover personal stories, a variety of outdoor adventures and have brilliant artwork. For example, they recently had an article about the Right to Movement's Palestine Marathon which I also wrote about for the Guardian.

Enter using the form below. T&Cs are at the bottom of the page

So, why do I run? When I started it was because I got out of breath running for a train, couldn't afford a gym membership and thought there was no way I should be unfit at the age of 20-something. I started in a pair of shorts that cost about a £5er and an old T-shirt and went round the block. Then I started going around a few times, now look what's happened!

Why do I love running? There's the people, the places and the feelings it evokes. Mostly though, it reminds me how carefully I've been made. I have a love-hate relationship with those aches because every ache highlights just how intricately everything is connected and how movements are a triumph of the way our bodies are constructed. I love how each run is different even if it's the same route at the same time (hello A5!). Some days I start out in a grump but by the end I've seen people and sights that lift my spirits. Sometimes I'm fired up to focus hard and hit some times and finish on an adrenaline fuelled high. Some days I pray and think about what I've said and done the previous day. I think about who I need to apologise to, what I should give thanks for. Some days I think of nothing. The seasons go by and my feet carry me forward. 



  • Only open to UK entries
  • 2 copies of the magazine are available to give away. 1 each to 2 winners
  • The magazine will be shipped directly by Like The Wind
  • By entering this giveaway you agree to let Like The Wind have your email address for their mailing list (I'm on it and I promise, it's good stuff and they don't spam you)
  • Competition closes at midnight on Saturday 23rd (GMT)
  • No monetary alternative is offered

GB Olympic Qualifying race at Night of 10,000m PBs

GB Olympic Qualifying race at Night of 10,000m PBs

Watch online here // Watch in real life here

This evening you can watch top athletes like Jo Pavey and Andy Vernon fight it out for their chance to represent Great Britain at the Rio Olympics.  The first two eligible British athletes past the post in the headline races will be guaranteed a place at the Olympic Games, as long as they complete the race in under 28:00 for men and 32:15 for women.  It's also the England Athletics & British Athletics 10,000m Championships.

You can watch it on the web (link above) or head over the Parliament Hill Athletics Track in Hampstead to see it in person for free. I'm told that you watch from lane three and that there's a bar and DJ and stalls too.