RunYoung50 Newsletters

Here are all the RunYoung50 newsletters from the past few months. Click subscribe to join my mailing list.

October 2023 newsletter

Julie Barleycorn leading the 1981 National 10 Mile Championship. She is wearing a black and yellow running best and matching pants and has the race number 6. Other runners are visible but out of focus in the background

This month: Crawley track ultras race report

Running history: the first national 10 Mile Road Race Championship took place in 1981

Blog, podcast and social media recommendations.

Two more articles: Erin Strout on running during perimenopause and the athletic career of Nellie Halstead

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August 2023 newsletter

A photograph showing ultrarunner Ros Paul smiling and holding a bow next to a man dressed as Robin Hood at the Nottingham Six Day Track Race in 1982

This month: Ros Paul’s world record for 6 days

Running history: marathon mistakes

Blog, podcast and social media recommendations.

Two more articles: strength training and Sharon Messam joins the 100 Marathon Club

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July 2023 newsletter

Marcy Schwam competing in the second Edward Payson Weston Six Day Race in 1981 wearing a vest with the wors Atalanta New York

This month: Marcy Schwam – 6 day race pioneer

Running history: an unofficial marathon world best in 1964

Blog, podcast and social media recommendations.

Two more articles: 96-year-old Canadian set 5km world record and three trailrunners on running in your sixties and seventies

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May 2023 newsletter

Dale Greig and Bill Ross about to run the Isle of Wight Marathon in 1964

This month: the 1923 London to Brighton Pram Race

Running history: a Scottish rulebreaker

Blog, podcast and social media recommendations.

Two more articles: Pam Storey, ultrarunner and race director, and an article on the impact of vaginal dryness on women runners

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April 2023 newsletter

A female ultrarunner celebrates on crossing the line at the 100km Del Passatore

This month: I investigate the history of women’s participation in ultraurunning

Running history: the first women’s marathon in the UK

Blog, podcast and social media recommendations.

Two more articles: a guest post from v60 runner Joyce Bell and a new British 100km record

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March 2023 newsletter

Black and white image of the Notts 10 mile road race in 1985. The start of the race on the athletics track.

This month: the Notts 10 mile road race – Nottinghamshire’s oldest race

Running history: a women’s protest run at the Tonbridge 10 in 1975

Blog, podcast and social media recommendations.

Two more articles: Helene Mary Kehoe on getting back into athletics in her 40s and an interview with me on IRunFar.com

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February 2023 newsletter

Head shot of Marilyn Bevans

This month: Rule breakers – four women who ran in men’s races and showed what women could do.

Running history: Marilyn Bevans – first African American woman to win a marathon

Blog, podcast and social media recommendations.

Two more articles: Sophie Power and the SheRace campaign; runners and weight gain during perimenopause

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January 2023 newsletter

Leslie Watson marathon runner

This month: Scottish runner Leslie Watson – one of the UK’s first elite female marathoners and the “Queen of the Roads”

Running history: the New Year’s Day Morpeth to Newcastle road race

Blog, podcast and social media recommendations.

Two more articles: masters athlete and age group world record holder Sally Cooke and v70 runner Maddy Collinge.

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November 2022 newsletter

Fanny Blankers-Koen in the lead in a hurdles race ahead of two other women

This month: five women who changed running 

Running history: the first English National Women’s Road Relay Championship in 1963

Blog, podcast and social media recommendations.

Two more articles: running during the perimenopause and American masters athlete Kathryn Martin

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October 2022 newsletter

Eleanor Adams in a white Spartathlon 83 vest being handed a pottery bowl to drink from

This month: the first Spartathlon ultra race took place in 1983 and Eleanor Adams was the only woman to run it

Running history: Violet Piercy’s “marathon” in 1926

Blog, podcast and social media recommendations.

Two more articles: an increase in the number of women over 50 running the London Marathon and Indian ultrarunner Pushpa Bhatt

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September 2022 newsletter

Commemorative stamp featuring a female sprinter and Marea Hartman of the WAAA

This month: the life of Marea Hartman who was an influential figure in UK and international women’s athletics from 1950 to 1994

Running history: Naoko Takahashi, the first Japanese woman to hold the marathon world record

Blog, podcast and social media recommendations.

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August 2022 newsletter

Keira D'Amato approaches the finish line at World Championships Women's Marathon with her arms aloft

This month:¬†Keira D’Amato and Joyce Smith both set national women’s marathon records as mothers and at older ages than expected. How has the media portrayed them?

Running history: the first London marathon – the Avon International Women’s Marathon 1980

Blog, podcast and social media recommendations.

Two more stories – a marathon milestone in the UK and a look at why older women in the UK are less likely to exercise.

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July 2022 newsletter

Two women in a track race in 1922

This month: 100 years of the Women’s Amateur Athletic Association

Running history: the first Badwater ultramathon

Blog, podcast and social media recommendations.

Two more stories – interview with Christine Heaton and coach Jen Woltjen’s tips for older runners.

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June 2022 newsletter

Margaret Lockley British marathon runner

This month: magazines of the marathon boom – published for recreational runners in the 1980s

Running history: the sixth Avon International Women’s Marathon in 1983

Blog, podcast and social media recommendations.

Two more stories – Fiona Matheson and Colleen Milliman.

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May 2022 newsletter

Margaret Lockley British marathon runner

This month: Margaret Lockley, first English Marathon Champion

Running history: Diane Leather became the first woman to run a sub-5 minute mile in 1954

Blog, podcast and social media recommendations.

Two more stories – running faster at 50 and Mariko Yugeta, the first v60 woman to run a marathon in under 3 hours.

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April 2022 newsletter

v70 athlete Anne Dockery running at Ashton Court parkrun

This month: v70 masters runner, duathlete and triathlete Anne Dockery

Running history: the first official women’s race in the Boston Marathon took place 50 years ago.

Blog, podcast and social media recommendations.

Two more stories – an interview with masters athletics photographer Alex Rotas and my thoughts on the London Marathon 2017

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March 2022 newsletter

Eleanor Robinson celebrates finishing the Nanango 1000 mile track race

This month: the 1998 1000 Mile World Championship at Nanango, Australia

Running history: Ingrid Kristiansen who set world records at 5000m, 10000m and the marathon in the 1980s.

Blog, podcast and social media recommendations.

Two more stories – an interview with 73-year-old ultrarunner Terrie Wurzbacher and advice on stress incontinence.

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February 2022 newsletter

Katie Holmes at Colwick parkrun

This month: my 10th anniversary at parkrun.

Running history: the first 24 hour World Championship.

Blog, podcast and social media recommendations.

Two more stories – “Did Not Finish” and strength training for menopause.

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New Year 2022

Katie Holmes at Crawley 12 Hour Track Race

This month: a highlight from 2021.

Races that were/are held at the New Year.

Blog, podcast and social media recommendations.

Two more stories – the virtual Museum of World Athletics and my account of taking a tumble on a run.

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November 2021 News

A crowd of marathon runners

This month: runners worry about preparing for and running a marathon but sometimes it’s the race organisers who make mistakes.

A marathon world record set in December 1973.

Blog, podcast and social media recommendations.

Two more stories – Julia Chase-Brand returns to run the Manchester Road Race 60 years after she “crashed” the start and an interview with Karen Parkin who took up running at 50.

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October 2021 News

Chris Bexton runners in her 60s at Lakeland Trails event

This month: Chris Bexton’s story of continuing to compete as a masters athlete despite a serious health setback just 3 years after starting running.

The first Toyko International Women’s Marathon – won by British runner Joyce Smith.

Blog, podcast and social media recommendations.

Two more stories – the incredible Tunnel Ultra and Yuko Gordon’s London Marathon win in the v70 category.

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September 2021 News

Christine Oldfield receiving her medal at BMAF 10k Championships 2019

This month: a brief history of Nottinghamshire running clubs.

British women have won lots of medals at the 100km World Championships – the first was a Bronze in October 1988.

Blog, podcast and social media recommendations.

Two more stories – my favourite race shirts and Patricia Seabrook, 81-year-old ultrarunner.

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August 2021 News

Christine Oldfield receiving her medal at BMAF 10k Championships 2019

This month: Christine Oldfield’s account of racing against elite v70 age group runner Angela Copson.

The anniversary of a marathon world best in 1967.

Blog, book, podcast and social media recommendations.

Two more stories – my half marathon challenge and the British Masters Athletic Federation Track and Field Championships.

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July 2021 News

Pam Storey after her 200th marathon

This month: a timeline of women’s running events at the Olympic Games. For most of the 20th century women were very limited in the distances they could run at the Olympics.

The anniversary in August of the Telecom Tasmania 7-stage ultra marathon.

Blog, podcast and social media recommendations.

Two more stories – the anniversary of the first Badwater race and an interview with Sian Williams, 62, about how running has helped her cope with breast cancer.

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June 2021 News

Pam Storey after her 200th marathon

This month: a look at the pages of Athletic Review magazine from November 1947 – the struggle to get athletics going and the hope for the future.

The anniversary in July of the New York 6 Day Race held in 1984 where both men’s and women’s world bests were set.

Blog, podcast and social media recommendations.

Two more stories – iRunFar.com is going to be looking at older runners and racing and Hannah Kirkman tackles a topic we don’t want to talk about: incontinence.

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May 2021 News

This month: a timeline of women’s marathon history.

The Centre for Ageing Better has launched a library of free-to-use images showing older people exercising and playing sport.

Blog, podcast and social media recommendations.

Two more stories – an interview with v70 runner Sandy Poole and 57-year-old Liz Woodgate finishes first in a gruelling 231km ultra in the Australian Outback.

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April 2021 Newsletter

Pam Storey after her 200th marathon

This month: Pam Storey who ran her 200th marathon/ultra just after her 70th birthday and is still going strong.

The anniversary of Maureen Wilton’s marathon world best in 1967 coming up in May.

Blog, podcast and social media recommendations.

Two more stories – road running in the 1950s and Sarah Sawyer writes about failing to run 100 miles in under 17 hours at the Centurion 100 Mile Track ultra.

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March 2021 Newsletter

Joyce Bell runner over 60

This month: Joyce Bell, becoming a runner at 60 and representing England at the marathon.

A Boston Marathon anniversary coming up in April.

Blog, podcast and social media recommendations.

Two more stories – Dale Greig and the women’s marathon in the 1960s and v60 mountain and trail runner Nancy Hobbs.

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February 2021 Newsletter

Ais North

This month: Ais North – ultrarunning at 70.

A London Marathon anniversary coming up in March.

Blog and podcast recommendations.

Two more stories – ultarunning history and Josie Waller who ran a v70 marathon record.

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