The new year is time for runners to take things up a gear. December’s silliness is finally over and the marathon is only four months away — in other words, that’s 15 Sundays left to put the miles in before the big day. To make it to mile 26 you need to get technical, which means finding the perfect pair of race shoes to wear in and upgrading your gear. From high-tech trainers to the latest fitness trackers, this is your London Marathon kit list. Best foot forward Shoes are priority number one and this year’s offerings are high-tech. Asics has updated its neutral long-distance running shoe, the Gel-Nimbus 21 (£155, asics.com), with lighter cushioning and shock- absorbing gel, and Saucony’s new long-distance kicks, the Guide ISO 2 (£120, saucony.com), are engineered for runners with mild to severe pronation. Nike’s Air Zoom Pegasus 35 (£105, nike.com) is a speedy all-rounder for road running, while … [Read more...] about The best marathon training kit
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Sport by Press Association January 2, 2019, 7:23 am FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Sport newsletter Kawhi Leonard shot 45 points – including 16 of 22 field goals – as the Toronto Raptors saw off the Utah Jazz 122-116. It was a career-high for Leonard who also went 13 for 17 in free throws, while Pascal Siakam also had a career best with 28 and 10 rebounds for the Raptors. The win cements Toronto’s position at the top of the Atlantic Division as they sit 0.5 games behind the Milwaukee Bucks, who saw off the Detroit Pistons. Brook Lopez top scored for the Bucks with 25, while Giannis Antetokounmpo hit a powerful dunk on Jon Leuer as part of his 15-point haul in the 121-98 win. Blake Griffin top scored for the Pistons with 29 points and nine rebounds but could not stop the Bucks winning their fourth in a row. Damian Lillard scored on a lay-up with 15 seconds left to take the match between the Portland … [Read more...] about Kawhi Leonard claims career-best 45 as Toronto Raptors see off Utah Jazz
Jacob Murphy’s pushing for a recall at Newcastle United. The winger has found Premier League opportunities hard to come by so far this season.Murphy, signed from Norwich City two years ago, has played 218 minutes in the league.The 23-year-old is in the squad for this afternoon’s home game against Bournemouth, having failed to make the bench last weekend.“He’s in the squad – he’s training well,” said Benitez.“I had a conversation with him, but a normal one. I think he’s doing really well in the training sessions – he’s one of the best in the training sessions – and he has to improve his understanding of the game.“But he’s quite keen to learn, and he’s working really hard to do that.”Benitez and his coaches are doing “specific work” with Murphy, who is likely to be on the bench against Bournemouth.Asked if Murphy was frustrated at a lack of games, Benitez said: “No, not … [Read more...] about Jacob Murphy is ‘one of best in training’ says Rafa Benitez as he nears Newcastle recall
As the excitement for Christmas begins to set in, there are plenty of attractions in and around the city to get you and your family well and truly into the festive mood. The many Santa and Christmas train experiences on offer this year will see both children and adults alike get into the spirit of the most wonderful time of the year. Whether you are looking for a Santa experience or light show there is guaranteed to be something for the whole family to enjoy. Here are some of our best picks: Dartmouth Steam Railway Christmas Train of Lights The Christmas Train of Lights promises to take passengers on a "nocturnal extravaganza" and is believed to be the first festive display of its kind in the UK. The illuminated journey starts at Queen's Park Station, Paignton, where a vintage carriage decorated with thousands of lights will await visitors. The train will then make its way down to Churston Station when the dazzling show will be begin. You will be propelled through the 450 metre … [Read more...] about The best festive trains near Plymouth this Christmas
If, like me, you have a young child obsessed with trains - and I mean obsessed: he sometimes talks about them in his sleep - any Christmas event involving the word “train” is going to have you frantically searching for a free slot in the crowded festive calendar. The Train to Christmas Town, which runs in Dartmoor, Devon, and Weardale, Durham, was therefore a must. We’d whipped the three-year-old into such a state of excitement beforehand he insisted we arrive at the station in Okehampton, Dartmoor, one-and-a-half hours early - a demand we managed to resist. This was just as well, since a long wait on a cold platform with him and the baby might have taken the edge off the fun of turning up with a crowd of other families, all dressed in Christmas garb or nightwear (encouraged by the organisers) and ready for the ride. The entertainment begins before the “all-aboard” call is made, with music and performances on the platform. But this was of less interest to … [Read more...] about Is this the best Santa train in Britain?