FROM THE EDITOR
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 runstock.co.uk 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