Great North Run Competition Terms and Conditions

The Great North Run takes place a week today and I know that we have many local runners taking part. To celebrate all your fantastic achievement Ed Pratt Sports Therapy has a competition for you all to relieve those post-run aches and pains.
All you need to do is share your race number below, or tweet it to @epsportstherapy or text it along with your name to 07837 276444. The day after the race we will select one runner to win a free sports massage to ease those aches and get you back out training again quicker.
So get posting, tweeting and texting and share with those you know are doing the run.
Good luck to all of you on the big day.

1. The competition closes at midnight on Sunday 15th September 2013
2. By entering the competition from Ed Pratt Sports Therapy, users are deemed to have read, understood and accepted all of the ‘Terms and Conditions’ and agreed to be bound by them and any requirements set out in accompanying material.
3. The competition is open to all completing the Great North Run 2013 on Sunday 15th September.
4. One entrant can win a free sports massage from Ed Pratt Sports Therapy at either the Northallerton, Bedale or Thirsk Clinic. For clinic times and locations visit The prize must be used by 15th October 2013.
5. To enter participants must share their name and Great North Run race number via Facebook, twitter or text. This is to confirm that the entrant has completed the run and is entitled to the prize.
6. Race numbers can be posted on the Great North Run Facebook post at, tweeted to @EPsportstherapy or text along with your name to 07837 276444.
7. Only one entry can be sent per person.
8. The winners will be notified and announced via Facebook and Twitter. If the winner does not have a profile on either of these they will be notified via text.
9. The prize of a free sports massage with Ed Pratt Sports Therapy at either Northallerton, Bedale or Thirsk clinic is non-refundable and cannot be exchanged for money or any other items.
10. The winner will be selected at random on Monday 16th September.
11. By entering the competition the winners agree to participate in such promotional activity and material as Ed Pratt Sports Therapy requires.
12. The judges’ decision will be final, and no correspondence will be entered into.
13. Ed Pratt Sports Therapy reserves the right to amend these terms and conditions at any time.

Great North Run Top Tips

The Great North Run is now one week away and we know that this can be a worrying time for many runners. Are you prepared? Have you done enough training? These are two questions that will be going through many of your heads right now.

We have sports therapy clinics in Northallerton, Thirsk and Bedale in North Yorkshire and see many runners who are putting in those final preparations before a big race day. This may be to work on some stretches with us or get a sports massage to ensure their muscles are in the best state possible to get on the start line.

To help you get ready for Sunday we have created six tips to ensure that your half marathon goes smoothly.

1. Get a sports massage, which can help ease areas of tightness in your muscles prior to your race.
2. Go at your own pace. You know what you’ve done in your training and should have a fair idea of what you’re capable of, so start with a plan and try to follow it. The start will be a big scrum and hectic with people getting in the way and making it difficult to find your rhythm, but it will spread out, so use your watch or GPS and the mile markers to keep track of your pace. Don’t go off too fast and remember to give yourself a nudge if you fall off the pace a bit!

3. Enjoy it! It will be an amazing day, whatever the weather, with live music, fancy dress and thousands of other people. When it gets tough, which it probably will, look around you and remember why you’re there – to post a PB, to do your 10th race, to raise money for charity.

4. Drink to thirst. At these events you can be surrounded by people telling you to drink more. Think about what you’ve done during your training and stick to that.

5. Don’t change your running routine / add anything new on the day. Stick to what you know.

6. After your race you need to rehydrate, refuel and keep moving. This should help to prevent you from stiffening up. Try gentle, cyclical stretches for the calves, hamstrings and quads (thighs).

Save £5 on a sports massage with Ed Pratt Sports Therapy

We understand the importance of getting you back out training as soon after a race as possible and this can be made easier with a sports massage. It will help ease those aches and pains so you can start working towards your next goal. To get this special Great North Run offer all you need to do is book an appointment with Ed at any of his clinics and let him know your race number so he can confirm you took part in the event.

But my programme says I have to run!

This is a quick post about running training programmes, whether they are for marathon, half marathon or 5/10k the information below should still be applicable. It is aimed more at the novice runner, but there may be a few pointers for the more experienced runner too. This post is definitely not out to knock the training plans or discourage runners from using them, only to make runners more aware of the risks of generalisation and overtraining.

Running training programmes are widely available on the Internet and will be providing structure and direction to 1000’s of runners taking part in events this coming season and the vast majority of them will have no problems. The
Runaddicts.netproblem comes with the “one size fits all” approach. Using a generic programme means its not design for you personally, but for everyone and sometimes that just doesn’t work.


When training days are labelled “rest or recovery run” pressure to improve/increase mileage can quite mean that the rest is forgotten and the athlete runs instead. Rest days are an important part of the training process, allowing the body to adapt to the stresses placed upon it during training. By not allowing sufficient rest periods, you run the risk of overtraining as the body is unable to recover sufficiently between training sessions, thereby increasing physiological stress and risk of overuse injuries.

Rest days should be used to assess how your body feels between runs and check for any areas of soreness or increased stiffness
Humankinetics.combetween limbs. Initially for the novice runner, or athlete returning from injury, do not run on consecutive days aiming for three runs a week depending on how you feel.

A quick note on over analysing – it is very easy, especially after being injured, to over analyse and think that every bit of tightness is a new injury! You are looking for tightness or discomfort over more than one run or something which progressively worsened during a long run.

Finally if the training program suggests an increase in training volume and intensity and you still feel tired form the previous weeks training or you found it really tough, then be cautious of how much you increase your training the following week. Listen to your body, you do not have to run just because its in your programme!