The place of walking in ultramarathons | Why running isn’t always faster

You’ve just finished your first ultra, or maybe ticked off that big event you’ve been training for months, and the first thing you’re asked is: ‘Did you really run the whole way!?’ As trail or ultrarunners we’ve all been there and there’s nothing more frustrating than having your efforts belittled by those who know no [...]

Published by: Kerry Sutton - November 29, 2019

Running Reads

In need of motivation? Here are 6 books that have touched me over the years. These books cover why we run, how we run and address the power of experience, the mind and all of them, one way or another, are filled with great takeaways that can enhance your running. Born to Run by Christopher [...]

Published by: Kerry Sutton - October 4, 2019

Obstacle Course Racing – 4 tips to face your fears

With such a wide variety of obstacles over the 10km course you will no doubt find one or two which test your nerve, strength and commitment. Some competitors fear heights and some the cold. Others worry about that feeling of lack of control as they speed down a slide or shoot. Most competitors will have [...]

Published by: Kerry Sutton - September 20, 2019

Obstacle Course Race Kit – 4 things to bring

What to bring: Nothing made of cotton. It absorbs water, becomes heavy and loses it’s shape. What starts off as nice and fitted is soon sagging around your bum and knees.

Published by: Kerry Sutton - September 20, 2019

Menopause – we are in this together

The menopause is a phase of life we will all face. For some of us it will be straightforward, for others it will mirror a ride on Thunder Mountain. The timing, severity and duration of symptoms is hugely variable, but most women in the UK have their menopause between the ages of 45 and 55 [...]

Published by: Kerry Sutton - May 29, 2019

Half marathon – 8 tips for getting it right on the day

Do’s and don’ts ⦁ Make sure you are well hydrated a few days before the race. It’s too late to try to hydrate the morning of the race. Be aware of what you eat and drink the days before your race. This will affect your performance on the day. ⦁ Sleep well the few nights [...]

Published by: Kerry Sutton - February 26, 2019

Running myths busted

“I am going to be ok until 6km and then I will feel like I can’t do it, I will think I am useless and I will want to stop.” These were the words of my client as she explained to me how she saw her run panning out. We were standing on the start [...]

Published by: Kerry Sutton - February 22, 2019

Manage your mind…

During a race it’s not uncommon for a runner to start doubting themselves, question why they are doing it, and having to battle the desire to stop. When it does starts to hurt, some of these thoughts might help you. Motivational thoughts Every step I take is one closer to the finish I can sit [...]

Published by: Kerry Sutton - February 21, 2019

What is stopping you?

You may find you are looking back over last year and wondering why you didn’t do those things you promised yourself. Why others can achieve and hit their targets, but you are stuck in the starting blocks. This article aims to help unpick why that might be and give you some tools to help you [...]

Published by: Kerry Sutton - January 16, 2019

Get fit with the family this Christmas

Christmas time… that time of year when we feel obliged to meet up with everyone we have ever known. We rush about in a flurry of social engagements, gradually depleting ourselves of sleep and rely more and more on empty carbs (alcohol) to get us through. In short, our year-round good habits go out of [...]

Published by: Kerry Sutton - December 15, 2018

How to deal with disappointment

Not achieving your goal is hard. Most of us will have to face this at some point in our athletic careers. It hurts and can be unsettling. It will undoubtedly set off a train of questions that need to be addressed in order to learn and move on. Here are my thoughts on how to [...]

Published by: Kerry Sutton - June 8, 2018

How can I keep myself motivated?

I always start with good intentions. But find it so hard to maintain. Follow these 5 tips and you will find it easier than you thought! 1) Grab a friend – Camaraderie is a great way to keep you consistent and adds to the fun. Decide together what it is you want to do. It [...]

Published by: Kerry Sutton - May 23, 2018

Preparation, Planning and Performance

The 3P’s Before you embark on a marathon training plan I would urge you to consider the 3 P’s. In a nutshell, the 3 P’s are Preparation, Planning and Practise. I believe if you undertake these three things in order you journey to the start line will be more enjoyable. Not only that, but you [...]

Published by: Kerry Sutton - May 1, 2018

Build Consistency

4 pointers to help you build consistency: Give your run a purpose: Before you can build consistent running you need a purpose. Weightloss, the challenge, running for a charity whatever that goal is – make it personal. Make a plan: Make a plan that starts small and builds over time. Decide what time you are [...]

Published by: Kerry Sutton - February 21, 2018

Marathon des Sables – 6 bite size tips

Consistency: Be totally honest with yourself and do not be hoodwinked into what others are doing. If you can run 4 days a week every week you are going to get 90 % of the benefits of training 7 days a week. 100% more benefit than someone who runs 2 days one week, 3 the [...]

Published by: Kerry Sutton - February 21, 2018

Beautiful movement

A day with Shane Benzie How 12lbs becomes 40lbs…. Use your Tripod… Your arms are crucial… You are an elastic band… Shane loves runners and more specifically how they run. He works towards creating what he calls “beautiful movement”. He has worked all around the globe with all kinds of athletes to develop his thoughts [...]

Published by: Kerry Sutton - February 21, 2018

The benefits of hill training and mental strategies

In short, hill training is good for you and it’s good for your running. Why…? Because… Hill running will make you a stronger, faster and healthier runner. Running hills achieves this by improving leg strength, quickening your stride, developing your cardiovascular system and enhancing your running economy. What’s more, the benefits are relatively quick to [...]

Published by: Kerry Sutton - June 26, 2017

The Mental Game

There are likely to be two occasions when you will need to draw on some mental strength: No. 1 When you are finding it hard to motivate yourself to get out and train. No. 2 When you are out running and you really don’t want to carry on. You’re tired , it’s cold and/or wet [...]

Published by: Kerry Sutton - October 11, 2016

How to train for an ultramarathon

Ultra running supremo Kerry Sutton gives us some advice on going the distance and training for our first ultra marathon This summer, on 25 June, we’re running our first ultra, Race to the King (RTTK), all 52 miles of it! Taking place for the first time this year in the South Downs, Race to the [...]

Published by: Kerry Sutton - September 1, 2016

How To Make Time For Exercise

Do you find yourself saying “I would love to do that but I don’t have the time”? Or maybe you say “I can’t” more often than “I can?”. I’d like to draw on the analogy of our bodies being like a bicycle chain. Both will serve you well for months, if not years, without maintenance. [...]

Published by: Kerry Sutton - September 1, 2016

Top tips on Navigation and how best to address those hills

By Kerry Sutton The Dragon’s Back Race, running the length of Wales, has been tantalizing me for a while. With the entire 300km route unmarked, I thought it best to brush up on my navigation skills with Dave Taylor, a Fell running guide and current English Fell Running Champion (V50 category). It’s not often you [...]

Published by: Kerry Sutton - September 1, 2016

Walk for Joy Presentation

As part of their initiative to boost health in the workplace, and also build a community in the workforce Diageo have organised an endurance event to motivate and inspire … It will take place 10/11 May along the beautiful South Downs Way, and the challenge is for their employees to either walk 50, 20 or [...]

Published by: Kerry Sutton - February 24, 2016

Mental Strength

Train your body, but forget to train your MIND at your peril. We have all heard the adage ‘running ultras is 30% physical and 70% mental’, but how many of us really consider what this means? It means that in order to complete and compete in ultra races we need to be physically fit but [...]

Published by: Kerry Sutton - December 11, 2015

The art of visualisation

It’s time to start to play with visualization, it’s such a valuable tool. You can use it on so many levels. At its most simple it will help you think through what might go wrong in a race and what you will do to over come it. In this way you are less likely to [...]

Published by: Kerry Sutton - November 14, 2015

How do I choose a coach?

You might ask your self how am I going to choose which coach to work with from all the ones available? I pondered this in the early days. It’s an important question to ask when, give or take, they all seem to offer the same thing. The answer I believe is in finding someone you [...]

Published by: Kerry Sutton - October 22, 2015

The Biomechanics of running

 An afternoon with Shane Benzie by Kerry Sutton Most of us are lucky enough to be able to run – it’s both natural and normal. With regards my own running, I have been quite lucky and I am someone who works by the principle that if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. My body has [...]

Published by: Kerry Sutton - September 15, 2015