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The City of London Mile took place on Sunday June 19, 2016. Organised by The Running Works and sponsored by Amba Hotels its a free event to enter.  This year was the third edition of this super race around the closed streets and landmarks of St Paul’s Cathedral and the Bank of England.

There were many spirited performances on a warm, sunny Sunday morning.  The elite athletes took to the streets just after midday and there were two cracking race wins for Australian Luke Matthews (4:03) and British runner Julia Cooke (4:39).  Matthews claimed a new course record.


20 year old Luke Matthews claims victory in a new course record.


Julia Cooke strides across the finish line to take the winners tape

The Youth mile was the last event of the day and Joseph Owen stormed round the course in 4:33. A superb time and just demonstrating that there is indeed depth in our ranks for future years.


Joseph Owen winning the Youth Mile

This year there was a slight course change to the route taking it round the Bank of England, thus taking out a stretch just prior to St Paul’s. Based on Matthews winning time I believe the elusive sub four minute mile is truly on, watch out next year.

Elite Men’s Mile

Male Elite Time
1 Luke Matthews 4:03
2 Collis Birmingham 4:05
3 Mike Whitmore 4:07


Elite Women’s Mile 

Female Elite Time
1 Julia Cooke 4:39
2 Jade Williams 4:41
3 Molly Renfer 4:42


Youth Mile 

Youth Mile Time
1 Male Joseph Owen 4:33
2 Female Jessica Mitchell 5:17


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In exactly two weeks you could be toeing the line in the Amba Hotels City of London Mile.  It’s free to enter, a medal for all finishers, chip timed and on a fast, flat and traffic free course.  And thats not all… you get to run past some of London’s most iconic landmarks.



This event really is for everyone whether you are an olympic hopeful or just hopeful. With various waves, general, family, women’s mile, youth mile wheelchair mile, Elite mile there’s something for everyone to enjoy.  Its suitable for all ages and abilities. This is London’s most inclusive mile race.  Register here  





The second edition of the Amba Hotels City of London miles took place on Sunday 14th June organised by Run-Fast. This is a free to enter event with over 5,000 registered runners from elites, clubs athletes, wheelchair athletes and families. Runners took to the streets of London to test themselves against the legendary mile distance.

Most impressive were some of the youngsters running in the Youth Mile or challenging their parents in the Family Mile waves. By the looks of it we have many promising athletes so the future looks good for British Athletics.


After competing in their own mile race many stayed to watch whether the elite men would break the iconic sub 4minute mile. On a course with some turns in the later stages and a slight uphill finish it’s a testing mile. The sub 4 was not on this year even with a quality men’s field  New Zealander Julian Matthews took top honours in 4:03:40 edging out Australian Collis Birmingham and Britains Tom Lancashire who took second and third respectively. .


The women’s elite field, although not as deep, had quality athletes and winner Alison Leonard had to battle hard to the line to fend off a strong Jemma Simpson winning in 4:39:23 breaking the course record set last year by Australian Genevieve LaCaze. Simpson had two seconds on Third placed Australian Zoe Buckman. 

Men   Time
1 Julian Matthews 4:03:40
2 Collis Birmingham 4:04:05
3 Tom Lancashire 4:04:17
Women   Time
1 Alison Leonard 4:39:23
2 Jemma Simpson 4:40:86
3 Zoe Buckman 4:42:85

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_DSC4229Try your hand at some speed work in the Amba Hotels – City of London Mile on June 14th. Register for free.  Its going to be a top day .  See the elite races and then run in one of the general waves or run with your family in the Family wave.  Its a fantastic opportunity to run on the fully closed streets of London with St Pauls Cathedral as amazing backdrop.

Checkout the article in Athletics Weekly via the link below.


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Team RUN-FAST – out for a training run in London – super fast half marathon and marathon runners!

Unbelievably we are already six weeks into 2015. That leaves about two and half months or ten weeks, or to really focus the mind, seventy training days left, not including any taper time, to nail that spring marathon. Where on earth did the time go I hear you say?

If you haven’t quite got your training in order yet, it’s time to address that and get in some consistent weeks of training over the next eight weeks. That leaves you two weeks of taper before your spring marathon.

I have found out this year, since I got myself a coach, that more focus on quality over quantity and making those training sessions count produces results. So where I would have run every day and done a 5, 6 or 7 mile session at whatever pace I considered appropriate, now my training is more likely to be a 10 mile progression run or an 8 mile hill session and there are guilt free recovery days included,. The most important thing I have really benefited from by having a coach is the level of accountability it brings to your training (and really to yourself). Whilst I was disciplined in running almost every day it brings a deeper level of commitment knowing that you will have to at sometime tell your coach what you have been up to or not for that matter! And whilst they are not your mother, father or your schoolteacher it’s going to be a bit lame just saying ‘I didn’t feel like it on that day’.

A good coach will guide you through the appropriate training plan, mentor you and assist you through the ups and downs (mainly the downs!) for when it doesn’t go to plan. Remember, the plan is the ideal world but its not reality and obviously things happen in our lives that impact the training that you would like to do, like you get ill, you have family or work commitments that mean you have to reschedule or drop training sessions, or you are just plain over tired and need a rest. When it doesn’t go to plan it can all feel overwhelming, thinking that you have failed and that your objective race will not be achievable and that you must catch up those miles (btw – big mistake!) but a good coach will guide you through that with skill and advise you on what options you have and guide you with the best course of action. It may simply be that you carry on with your training plan or its altered in some way to take into account the dropped training sessions.

I guess the point is that if you are following a marathon plan and you don’t have a coach and you suddenly find yourself not keeping up with what is on the schedule its not a calamity. But, it’s a great idea to get advice and not let it worry you. Get on the runners forums, if you are a member of a running club talk to others with experience for their advice or just get yourself a coach, its never too late!

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Last week I had the opportunity to interview some of the international athletes that are represented by Run-Fast, a sports management company set up by Peter McHugh De Clare.

They were a fun bunch of people to chat to and very welcoming.  They were here in the UK for several weeks primarily to race.  Last weekends racing was very successful with wins at Cardiff and Basingstoke half marathons and Bournemouth marathon.  Athletes – Ben Siwa, Gladys Yator, Gladys Kwambai, Joan Chelimo, Jonah ChesumGROUP SHOT 1_DSC5537

One thing that really resonated with me was how they treat their running as a job, after all its their primary if not only source of income.  Now for us mere mortals who have jobs and fit in running as a hobby and pastime we could only dream of training like a full time athlete. But there are some take aways that we could use and incorporate as part of our training.

  • Recovery time – sleep is important. Don’t waste time valuable sleep time checking emails, surfing the web just before you hit the pillow.
  • Dedicated training times – schedule your training sessions in your planner like meetings.
  • Make every session have a purpose – don’t just do junk miles. Even when these guys have an easy session and run slowly it has a purpose.
  • Focus on training blocks so you can incorporate strength work, core work, speed work etc. Trying to do everything at once will not only be impossible but also detrimental to your performances but you should do it to see improvement.

Remember the training cycle flow:

  • Conditioning – improve core strength, technical skills, efficiency
  • Base training – improve and strengthen metabolic efficiency
  • Strength – intensity, hills, tempo sessions
  • Speed – faster sessions, intervals, fine tuning
  • Race – perform
  • Recovery – rest and rebuild for next training cycle

These can be compressed into shorter periods rather than a traditional 4 to 6 month marathon training cycle.  Experiment and see what works for you.

Many thanks to Tom Payn from Run-Fast for organising the day.

Run-Fast is an international sports management company representing elite athletes striving to succeed in their professional careers. We are dedicated to assisting our athletes in reaching their full potential, to enable them to go beyond their normal limits to reach their goals. Every individual athlete is important to us and our aim is to pursue the opportunities and goals that best suit their specific talents and abilities.



City of London Mile - Starts at St. Paul's Cathedral

City of London Mile – St. Paul’s Cathedral

Amba Hotels are the headline sponsor for the City of London Mile that takes place this Sunday 22nd June 2014 in the heart of the City of London. Starting outside St Paul’s Cathedral it takes in some of the most iconic and historic landmarks our capital city has to offer and includes part of the 2012 London Olympic Marathon course.

The Amba Hotels City of London Mile will also attract some of the world’s best athletes competing in London’s inaugural annual international mile race. This free event is open to everyone: children from schools and clubs across the country, charity fund raisers, business teams and families who all race in their own specific waves.

Run-Fast are the race organisers and under their Sports Management company they represent a number of Elite mens and women athletes. Through their retail outlet they offer performance running equipment.

I will be there covering the action behind the scenes as well as the start and finish lines of this inaugural event. We are expecting to see some super fast times from the elite athletes.

City of London – Start times

Start Time Race Type
10:00 1st Wave – City of London Mile
10:10 2nd Wave – City of London Mile
10:20 3rd Wave – City of London Mile
10:30 4th Wave – City of London Mile
10:40 5th Wave – City of London Mile
10:50 Mizuno Wave
11:00 Wheelchair Mile Wave
11:15 Family Mile Wave
11:40 BMC Men’s B Mile
11:45 BMC International Women’s A Mile
11:50 BMC International Men’s A Mile
12:05 Youth Mile
12:15 Post Half Cool-down wave


All images are copyright – Ian Campbell – Photography