Stu­art to hold run­ning work­shop

The Oban Times - - Sport -

A FOR­MER Ar­gyll man who ran 39 marathons in 40 days will be vis­it­ing Oban on Satur­day to host a run­ning work­shop.

Stu­art Hardie, 69, who now lives in the Chan­nel Is­lands, lived in Ard­fern be­tween 1972 and 1988, and was well-known in Oban as both cap­tain and coach of Oban Lorne RFC.

In 2009 he ran from John O’Groats to Land’s End, and fol­lowed that up with the im­pres­sive 39 marathons in 40 days at the age of 65, in 2011.

Stu­art will be in Oban to pro­mote chi run­ning - a method of im­prov­ing run­ning tech­nique to re­duce in­juries - which he is a trained in­struc­tor of.

He ex­plained: ‘This is not an in­stant fix; it’s a tech­nique to give steady im­prove­ment, sim­i­lar to yoga or tai chi. We iden­tify where im­prove­ments can be made and aim for in­cre­men­tal progress.

‘It’ll be good to be back up in Oban, and hope­fully it will be a good turnout. We al­ready have about 20 names of peo­ple at­tend­ing.’

The work­shop is or­gan­ised in part­ner­ship with Billy Thom­son who runs the sports shop, In­ter­sport Oban, and was a team mate of Stu­art dur­ing his rugby days.

Billy said: ‘I knew Stu­art through rugby and have kept in touch with him, so when he came into the shop to see me a few years ago and told me about his chi run­ning and what he had done with his marathons I thought it would be great to get him to come up and do a work­shop here at At­lantis.

‘I thought it was an amaz­ing achieve­ment and it might in­spire cur­rent run­ners to change styles and help with in­jury preven­tion, or in­spire new peo­ple to take up run­ning once they find out about the dif­fer­ent ways to run.’

For more in­for­ma­tion, call Stu­art on 07781450352, or email stu­art@pri­mal­run­ning.gg

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