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Tips on running in the winter by Hannah Lees

Running in Winter

Running in the winter… brrrrrr! On a grey day with a biting wind heading out for a run is sometimes the last thing you want to do. But if you’re training for a spring half or marathon how can you get out and get the miles in? I asked my running group, many of whom are training for the 2018 Bath Half, for their thoughts on winter running and they had plenty to say!

Beat the Blues with a little self love

massage and relax

The festive season come down can take its toll and often people try to do too much, too soon, in the way of transforming their lives. The best time to detox, diet or try out a new lifestyle isn't the coldest, darkest, longest month, but in Spring time, so keep those New Year's resolutions safe until then.

In the meantime, some simple self massage techniques along with exercise and winter warmers of the non-alcoholic sort, are the best way to show your body and mind some self love.

The 2017 Light up a Life Appeal starts with special light switch-on


The North Devon Gazette’s much-loved light Up a Life appeal was launched to an audience of thousands this year.

It was marked with the switch-on of a special illuminated star in Barnstaple Square during the town’s Christmas lights celebrations on Sunday.

Now in its 21st year, the appeal has become a Christmas tradition to enable people to remember a loved one and help raise money for North Devon Hospice and Children’s Hospice South West.

The charities host a series of services of remembrance across North Devon through December.

Family loss inspires father to run Bath Half Marathon for charity one last time

Family loss inspires father to run Bath Half Marathon for charity one last time

It will be a very special moment for 68-year-old Rick Dean when the day of the 2017 Vitality Bath Half Marathon finally arrives, as he’ll be running the race in memory of his son Kierran, who would have turned 21 in June.

It will also be the last race for Rick who has spent the last nine years tirelessly fundraising for Children’s Hospice South West, the charity who provided a lifeline for him and his wife when they lost Kierran in 2003. 

“I couldn’t tell you how much I have raised over the years for Children’s Hospice South West,” admitted Rick.