The Frontiers of Running

The latest findings from running science with practical advice showing you how you can run further and faster whilst staying in peak health
Andrew Hamilton

Back in the 1970s, when the running boom began, there was limited expertise available for non-elite runners on how best to train and attain maximum race performance, and less still on minimising the risk of injury and avoiding overtraining.

Thanks to 40 years of sports science research we now know a lot more about the underlying exercise physiology and nutrition of endurance exercise but the questions facing runners remain the same:

How hard, long and frequently should I train to maximise fitness but stay injury-free? How can I reduce my risk of injury? What nutritional and psychological strategies can I employ to enhance my race performance?

Although most runners understand the basics of training, the real challenge is to gather together the best practice and latest scientific thinking from running research, then apply it to a training programme.

This new report, The Frontiers of Running, tries to do just this.


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It’s almost 40 years since the start of the mass-participation running boom, a fitness revolution that has changed the lifestyles of tens of millions of people across the globe.

In this new report, you’ll find the latest training advice, gleaned from the science behind running, on how to improve performance using the latest strength and cross-training techniques.

There’s also extensive advice on injury – the most common reason why runners miss their training and race targets. This includes up-to-the-minute thinking on injury prevention, as well as techniques for an accelerated return to running when injury does strike.

In addition, the report looks at what the recent science says about the best psychological and nutritional strategies, and what this means for runners looking for a new PB.

The American author Dorothy Brande once wrote “Where there is an open mind, there will always be a frontier”. We agree entirely – if you’re a runner looking to cross the next performance frontier, simply open your mind to the advice in this special report and expect great things!


Andrew Hamilton BSc Hons, MRSC, ACSM is a sports science writer and researcher, specialising in sports nutrition. He has worked in the field of fitness and sports performance for over 30 years, helping athletes to reach their true potential. Andrew is also a lifelong endurance athlete himself.

Rick Lovett is a US-based running coach based in Portland, Oregon. Rick is USATF-certified and works with a range of runners, including Olympic trials and national-level athletes. Rick has also co-authored two training books with Olympic coach and ex-marathon world record holder, Alberto Salazar. As well as being a keen runner, Rick has also cycled solo across the USA on a 5,400-mile trip, carrying his own camping equipment.

John Shepherd is a former Great Britain international long jumper. John has also worked as an England team coach, and has since coached a number of athletes to national and international titles. He now works mainly with young promising athletes. In addition to his coaching duties, John has written eight books on sport, fitness and health and has edited two national fitness magazines.

Alicia Filley PT, MS lives in Houston, Texas and has 25 years’ experience working in health, sports physiotherapy and rehabilitation, and sport performance. She is also a regular contributor to Sports Performance Bulletin’s sister publication Sports Injury Bulletin. When not writing and researching, Alicia can be found putting her research to the test outside on the trail and inside in the gym.

Trevor Langford worked in professional sport as a physiotherapist at Middlesbrough Football Club for 6 years and for the past 4 years, has run a private physiotherapy clinic in Durham. Trevor’s specialism is to understand the needs of a top level athlete from a physiotherapy perspective, and then to help athletes attain their goals. He regularly presents his post-graduate research findings at a number of national and international sport and exercise conferences.

Tracy Ward MSc BSc (HONS) MCSP is a member of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sports Medicine and is a trained pilates instructor with the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute. Tracy is currently in private practice in Scotland, specialising in sports injuries and rehabilitation.

Chris Mallac has worked as Head of Performance at London Irish Rugby, Head of Sports Med at Bath Rugby and Head Physio at Queensland Reds Super 14. He is currently teaching globally on Rehab Trainer Courses.

Mark Richardson is a sports physiotherapist and a sport scientist working in the field of performance and musculoskeletal injuries. Mark’s specialist interest is in biomechanical analysis and treatment for injury prevention and he has a keen interest in keeping up to date with the latest sports injury research. Mark enjoys endurance training and is a keen runner – he runs home from work every day!

Dr Adam Nicholls is an Associate Professor at the Department of Sport, Health, and Exercise, at the University of Hull. He is a Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Registered Sport and Exercise Psychologist, who has published over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles on topics such as stress, coping, and doping among elite athletes. He is the co-author of Focused for Rugby and Psychology in Sports Coaching: Theory and Practice.

Andy Lane is professor of sport psychology at the University of Wolverhampton. He has a website called


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Andrew Hamilton BSc Hons, MRSC, ACSM, is a sports science writer and researcher specialising in sports nutrition. A lifelong endurance athlete himself he has worked in the field of fitness and sports performance for over 30 years helping athletes to reach their true potential.