Five Reasons We Love Spring


After what seems like an eternity of cold, dark, wintry days and nights, there’s finally some light at the end of the tunnel – spring is firmly in sight! But what does this mean for us Supernova Runners? Here are five reasons we love spring…

1. Calm after the storm
A wise man once said: “You never appreciate Spring until you’ve been through a tough Winter.” – and it’s the months of battling inclement conditions that makes the longer days, lighter nights and increasing temperatures all the more sweet when they finally come around. This has been a particularly tough winter, so the light at the end of the tunnel of spring is a more than welcome sight.

2. Combine work and play
This is a great time to dust away those cobwebs and start adding running into your daily schedule. Running as a commute is a greay way to get more active on a daily basis, or if working from home can be a good way to spend a lunch hour and clear your head! 

3. More mac, less mill
While treadmills make a great alternative to outdoor running when winter really bites, there’s no substitute for running in the great outdoors. The changing of the seasons is a great time to get out in the fresh spring air and explore new routes around your local area with your running buddy!

4. Time to Train
Spring marks the start of the running events calendar. So whether you’ve got a 5k, 10k or any other challenge event planned that you are looking ahead to, it’s the perfect time to kick start some training and in no time you will be harvesting the fruits of your labour, scooping up some well deserved medals and most importantly some memories that will last a lifetime!

5. Flower like a spring pansy
It’s time for you to come into your own, just like a spring flower. Once you’ve been motivated to get moving and your confidence grows, be prepared to blossom with pride at your progress.

A Supernova Run 5K is the perfect event to aim for in 2021. Experience this enchanting run at dusk at our events in London, Falkirk and Bournemouth. Go for glow-ry and enter an event near you at

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Team Martin & Co Stirling taking on Supernova Kelpies to raise funds for Strathcarron Hospice!

Team Martin & Co Stirling taking on Supernova Kelpies to raise funds for Strathcarron Hospice!

The Stirling branch of Martin & Co Stirling are galloping into 2020 by tackling the Supernova Kelpies run in March in aid of Strathcarron Hospice! 

Sales Manager Tracey Horton said: “The event will be a big challenge for most of us, but we’re really looking forward to training together and having fun whilst doing it.”

In preparation for the big day the group have been walking together and have even bought an under the desk cycle trainer for the office! Only two members of the ten-person team have run before.

The team are raising money for Strathcarron Hospice, a charity close to the hearts of everyone at Martin & Co Stirling. Every year, Strathcarron provides care and support to over 1400 people with a life-limiting illness or condition, at a time when both they and their family need it most.

With their office just across the road from a Strathcarron Hospice shop, they see first hand the hard work and commitment of everyone involved with the charity in providing palliative care to the people of Forth Valley, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth.

“The charity works hard every day to care for those with terminal illness. Unfortunately this has affected most of our family members recently. They need to raise over £12k every year to provide the amazing service they offer.” Tracey said.

Tracey and her team have already held a Charity Christmas Jumper Day, and plan on running a few more events to help their chosen charity. 

If you’d like to read more & donate, check out Tracey’s JustGiving page 👇Tracey’s JustGiving PageDo you have a group who are looking to take part in Supernova Kelpies on Friday 20th, Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd March? If so, entries are open now, click below for more information!Supernova Kelpies

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Six Summer Running Tips


With the sun making a more regular appearance and the weather hotting up, summer is a fantastic time to enjoy running in the great outdoors as well as clocking up valuable training for any runs you have coming up later in the year (Supernova 5K anyone?). Check our 6 top tips to make those summer day runs as comfortable as possible.

1- Stay cool
Enjoy those longer summer days while you can and plan your runs in the mornings or evenings during the coolest parts of the day. There’s also something quite spectacular about chasing the sun at sunrise or sunset.

2- Quench your thirst
Staying hydrated before, during and after your runs is even more important on warmer days. Try drinking around 200ml every hour before your run to set you up for success. Water or a sports drink are good choices and you could also bring supplies along with you on your run in a water belt or pouch. Aim to ensure you have fluids after you finish too!

3- Loosen up
One of the simplest things you can do to keep cool during summer run is to opt for outfits that are lightly coloured and loose-fitting as well as avoiding attire that is too tight and instead lets your body breathe and feel the breeze.

4- Slap on the suncream
We all know the dangers of the sun’s rays and if you’re spending more time outdoors running it’s important to keep your skin protected, even when out during colder spells of the day. Choose an SPF 30 and you’re onto a winner.

5- Rest and refresh
Try adding one-minute walk breaks every five minutes when you run on hot days to help keep your body cool. As you feel yourself getting fitter and faster just shorten or skip the rests.

6- Give yourself headroom
You lose a lot of body heat through your head, which is a good thing during the summer months. Don’t cover up with cosy headwear instead choose a more breathable alternative such as a visor or mesh cap to keep your noggin’ happy.

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