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Run­ner’s World is now well into its mas­ters years, hav­ing just turned 50. Reg­u­lar read­ers might re­mem­ber that the UK edi­tion cel­e­brated its 20th an­niver­sary in 2013; but the ti­tle be­gan its jour­ney in the US back in 1966, as a news­let­ter called Dis­tance Run­ning News. Four years later the name was changed to Run­ner’s World and the rest, as they say, is his­tory.

This means RW has been able to re­flect the growth and evo­lu­tion of the sport from the fairly niche pur­suit it was then to the mass ac­tiv­ity it is to­day. RW was there to chron­i­cle the first run­ning boom of the 1970s, the growth of marathons, the surge in women run­ners, the rise of char­ity run­ning, right through to the impact of tech­nol­ogy and so­cial me­dia. Be­gin­ning on page 55 we present a ret­ro­spec­tive, ex­am­in­ing how shoes, gear, nu­tri­tion and advice have changed over the years. Look­ing at some past out­fits on page 56, I feel lucky to have got into run­ning af­ter the ad­vent of wick­ing fabric.

An­other as­pect of run­ning that has changed hugely is the diver­si­fi­ca­tion of events – and this ele­gant segue al­lows me to bring to your at­ten­tion RW’S own new event, Run­stock. It’s a fam­ily-friendly run­ning fes­ti­val set in the beau­ti­ful grounds of a stately home, with a 5K course in­volv­ing fun ob­sta­cles that you can tackle as many or as few times as you like. Visit run­ for more info. I’ll be there in June with my fam­ily, and it’d be great to see you there, too.

Andy Dixon, Ed­i­tor, @Rw_ed_andy

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