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Running Wellies!

Who else would love a pair of these? Hope they catch on! Perfect for getting in your runs at festivals or simply coping with the great British summer weather!

Full story from Bupa below…



Jo Whiley will wear the world’s first “running wellies” at Glastonbury to keep training on track.

Glastonbury presenter Jo Whiley will be at the forefront of festival fashion when she sports the world’s first ever pair of “running wellies” later this week. The prototype footwear has been created by Bupa specifically for Jo, to help keep her training for the Bupa Great North Run on track during her busy summer of festival commitments, whatever the weather.

Bupa’s team of experts have created a number of the limited edition “running wellies” for festival goers this summer. The footwear has been designed in the style of the traditional wellington boot and include several key requirements of a trainer including laces, a supportive sole and increased ankle and heel support. Music fan Jo, will also be able to keep in touch with the latest festival sounds with the built in iPod holder.

Despite her busy summer schedule, the presenter has committed to running her first ever half marathon on 15th September, in a bid to get fit. It is hoped that the “running wellies” will enable Jo to continue her training for the Bupa Great North Run despite the unpredictable weather and iconic mud covered fields. The run is part of Bupa’s My First Run campaign, which aims to inspire 2,000 people to take up running by offering free Bupa Great Run 5km places to first time runners.

Jo Whiley said: “I’ll be spending a lot of time working at festivals throughout the summer and always tend to be up to my knees in mud. I’m determined to keep my training going for the Bupa Great North Run and the right footwear is crucial, so the running wellies seem like the only way I’ll be able to get the miles in throughout the festival season.”



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Running buddy for Jo Whiley for the Great North Run.

As part of Bupa’s My First Run campaign, to inspire people to take up running, Bupa are offering one member of the public the chance to train with Jo Whiley for her first half marathon and line up with her at the Great North Run.

See press release below for details and/or the Bupa facebook page…




Bupa offer the chance to be Jo Whiley’s training partner for world’s largest half marathon

Jo Whiley is looking to recruit a running partner as she prepares to tackle the Bupa Great North Run. One lucky member of the public will win then chance to be her training buddy and help keep her motivated as she faces her biggest ever physical challenge. The famous broadcaster will be joining 56,000 runners for the world’s largest half marathon on Sunday 15th September.

The duo will become training partners and receive expert guidance from Bupa’s team of sports medicine experts along the way. Jo will be paired up with one lucky winner via a competition on the Bupa Facebook page. The winner of the competition will attend two training sessions with Jo, receive regular contact from a Bupa sports medicine expert and will join her at the start line of the iconic 13.1 mile course.

The presenter has committed to running her first ever half marathon, in a bid to get fit and help her face her busy schedule. This forms part of Bupa’s My First Run campaign, which aims to inspire 2,000 people to take up running by offering free Bupa Great Run 5km places to first time runners.

Like Jo, you may be used to years of early starts but are still tempted by the snooze button instead of exercise.  Alternatively, after a long day’s work if you are lured to the sofa rather than the treadmill then running experts advise that a training partner will help you get those trainers on and get running. Running with someone else makes it easier to get started and stay motivated.

Jo Whiley said: “Like a lot of people, my life is really busy with my many presenting commitments and running around after four kids. So, I find it difficult to motivate myself to get active and having someone to train with will help me stay focused. I appreciate the benefits of being fit and healthy and after some great advice from Bupa, all I need now is someone to help get me to the start line!”

To enter the competition visit the Bupa Running Facebook page (facebook.com/buparunning) and submit your reasons why you should be Jo’s running buddy before Sunday 16th June.

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Free places for first time runners at Bupa Great Run events

If you are (or know someone who is) a new runner thinking of entering your first race then this is the opportunity you may have been waiting for. Bupa, sponsors of my favourite 10K, the London 10,000m, is offering free places to new runners at their 5K Great Run events…. See their press release below or find Details here.

Thousands of first time runners are being offered free race places by Bupa as part of its quest to inspire more people in the UK to be physically active. There are 2,000 free race places being offered across the Bupa Great Run 5km events. This includes the Bupa Great Edinburgh 5km (Sunday 14th July), the Bupa Great North 5km (Saturday 14th September) and the Bupa Great South 5km (Saturday 26th October).

The race places are being targeted specifically at first time runners of all abilities who have never previously taken part in a Bupa Great Run series event, to help prompt them to get and stay active. Regular runners are also being encouraged to sign-up friends and family members who have previously spoken about their desire to start running to inspire them to get started. Healthcare company Bupa, have supported nearly 2 million runners since 1993 when their Great Run series sponsorship began.

Paula Franklin, Bupa Medical Director said: “Running can have a very positive effect on both your physical and emotional health. We really want to encourage as many people as possible to try running, as lots of people experience great joy and reward from it. A 5km event can be a great place to start and has a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. There is no pressure to run and those who prefer can walk some or the entire race. Either way we believe that taking part will give you a general feeling of wellbeing. We hope that by providing free places for first time runners we will encourage more people to be active going forwards.”

Individuals can apply for a free race place by visiting www.bupa.co.uk/myfirstrun and submitting their personal details, with 2,000 winners being selected at random by Bupa.