Reviews

Now in its eighth year, Vertical Rush retains the record as the UK's tallest and toughest tower-running challenge, with 932 steps and 42 floors to conquer. 

Here's how I got on when I tackled the 600ft ascent along with Nell McAndrew...

Wearable technology has been all the rage in recent years with Fitbit being the brand of choice for many famous faces who want to track their activity with the gadget.

Popstar Britney Spears, actor Ryan Reynolds and even President Barack Obama have been seen sporting a Fitbit on their wrists, accelerating interest in the high tech pedometer. 

Spinning has been a popular pastime for a number of years and although my spinning mad dad has often raved about how much he loves attending his local spin classes, I have never tried the workout before. 

I prefer to keep fit by keeping my feet on the ground running instead of cycling but when the opportunity arose to try a spin class designed by, and alongside, Olympic legend Sir Chris Hoy, I couldn't turn it down.

Last time I ran the Bupa London 10k in 2013, I was loved the atmosphere but was frustrated by the congestion on the course and how it hindered my ability to run at my own pace. Other people I had spoken to said the same and bemoaned the fact such a well-organised, high profile event wasn’t a PB course. That all changed this year with a new and improved route and better wave spacing of the 12,000 participants at the start. A glance at the results show there were PBs galore…

This 10k trail race is part of The Keswick Mountain Festival, a three-day long event on the banks of Derwentwater. By day you can you can race, sample outdoor activities like kayaking, browse stalls and listen to inspirational speakers. Then in the evening there's live music with Badly Drawn Boy and Dodgy featuring in this year's line-up.

Running is often touted as a budget sport because you don't have to pay expensive gym fees or buy lots of equipment. But trainers can be costly - proved by the latest adidas Boost shoes that have gone on sale for £130.

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.

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.

The Pride 10k is organised by London Frontrunners and a team of volunteers at Victoria Park in Hackney, East London. As the name would suggest, it was founded to celebrate gay pride and, such has been its success, this year was its 10th anniversary. The selected charity for the 2013 race was Diversity Role Models, who provide workshops in schools to prevent homophobic and gender based bullying.

Lucy was invited to the the press preview of fitness guru Nell McAndrew's new DVD workout, Peak Energy Recharged. Lucy was given a taster session of the full class that can be followed by purchasing the DVD. The workout includes exercises that are beneficial for running by improving balance and strengthening the legs and core. There's also a 'heavy hands' weights section to work the upper body. After the taster session, Lucy liked it so much she has been doing the 'heavy hands' section and 'core stability' sections on the DVD every week since! 

Lucy was invited to try a new 'Whipped' class at Equinox's High Street Kensington gym by the Fitness Writers' Association. It's a fun, circuit-based class revolving around battle ropes that you whip up and down and side to side for a full body workout

A year on from the London 2012 Olympics, runners were invited ‘back to the stadium’ for a 5 mile race around the Olympic Park finishing on the athletics track. Such was the demand, the website crashed when entries first opened and then sold out within a day. The event was first held in spring 2012 before the London Olympics as a sneak peek at the venue but its success means it’s likely to carry on as an annual event.

This fitness centre in the Canary Islands is a haven for sports fans. The complex has a running track, Olympic-size swimming pool and stages 5k, 10k and half marathon races every week, as well as triathlon and cycling events.

New to running and (almost) full of enthusiasm, Victoria Thake, 34, a journalist from Greenwich, London, reveals how she survived the Bupa London 10k and why it meant more to her than just a run…