Over the last 12 months, a group of talented runners provided insights into their training and races, talked about important topics and offered a bit of humour along the way.
From race victories and medals to injury challenges and the dedication on the road to recovery, everyone at Fast Running would like to thank each runner who shared their story over the last 12 months.
The Fast 10: class of 2018 offered readers an insightful glimpse into the lives of a group of top runners, and shone a light on the dedication that happens behind the scenes with many juggling jobs, studies and other commitments.
Marathoner Anna Boniface shared her experiences on the road to recovery after injury and helped raise awareness of RED-S (Relative energy deficiency in sport), which will no doubt have aided many in a similar situation.
Kevin Dooney reflected on the rollercoaster highs and lows of a long distance runner and bravely wrote about mental health and the challenges with depression he has faced.
Up and coming sprint stars Leon Reid and Imani-Lara Lansiquot shared their inspirational journey as they made a footprint on the global stage with medal success at the Commonwealth Games and European Championships.
At the other end of the distance spectrum, ultra runner James Stewart documented the life of a 24hr runner and the balancing act between family and work, while also ensuring he squeezed in a musical reference or two.
Middle distance runner Tom Marshall reached the heights of the Commonwealth Games and provided a great insight into his training, while Katie Kirk wrote an honest piece on how taking a step back from an all-consuming sport can be a positive thing.
Two-time Manchester Marathon champion Dave Norman documented his first steps into the veteran ranks with some excellent advice for all runners, while Ben Fish provided detailed accounts of his races along with interesting topics, such as classic road races that have fallen by the wayside.
Last but not least, Laura Riches wrote about important subjects including the perceived body image of a distance runner and volunteering, as well as her eventful marathon debut.
On behalf of the Fast Running team, I would like to thank everyone for their contributions over the last 12 months. Rest assured readers have greatly benefited from your insights and I hope you enjoyed documenting your journey.
Finally, when one door closes another opens… and by Friday (January 11) a new group of 10 runners will be announced for the Fast 10: class of 2019.
Until then, you can revisit some of the interesting articles from 2018’s group of runners here.
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