The Reading Half has been factored into spring marathoners’ training programmes since 1983 but is also a great event for those targetting their first half.

If you think running is all about pounding the pavements or circling the track, then think again. You could improve your strength and endurance by taking part in cross county races.

As the title suggests Run, Fat B!tch Run is not a book offering gentle encouragement on getting running. Author Ruth Field offers a no-nonsense, honest approach for those embarking on the sport for the first time.

Alistair Brownlee, 25, and younger brother Jonny, 23, have taken their sibling rivalry global through their incredible triathlon careers. Both have gained world titles while Alistair took the gold medal at the London 2012 Olympics with Jonny not far behind to take the bronze.