INTERVIEW: Half marathon tips from Richard Lawrence

With the Secret Half in the East set to be the highlight of the Secret London Runs 2017 calendar, I caught up with Richard Lawrence to quiz him about the half distance. I first met Richard when he came to a Secret London Runs event in the summer - I couldn't help but notice him as he has exactly the same name as my Granddad. Richard's been back a few times and I've had the pleasure of getting to know him a little better. Not only does he have a truly excellent name, but he is a keen runner and a delight of a man. Maybe we're related (shut eyes, cross fingers)... Richard on the left, celebrating victory at his Secret London Runs debut Vanessa: So Richard, how did you get into running? Richard

25 Gifts for Runners and Fitness Fans

The big day is approaching fast, but don't worry if you're still lagging behind on your Christmas shopping - we've put together the ultimate gift guide for runners and fitness fans. We've also got some exclusive Secret London Runs savings to make present buying as pain free as possible. Sweaty Betty Goat Print Leggings - £75 These eye catching leggings are reversible , so you can decide whether you want to stand out from the crowd or prefer a more understated look. Rat Race Dirty Weekend - from £130 This one is for the thrill seeking runners, with 200 obstacles over 20 miles it's the perfect challenge for someone who thinks they're really tough. Gator Tail Foam Roller - £34.99 A foam roller

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