Running is a method of terrestrial locomotion allowing humans and other animals to move rapidly on foot. Running is a type of gait characterized by an aerial phase in which all feet are above the ground (though there are exceptions). This is in contrast to walking, where one foot is always in contact with the ground, the legs are kept mostly straight and the center of gravity vaults over the stance leg or legs in an inverted pendulum fashion. A feature of a running body from the viewpoint of spring-mass mechanics is that changes in kinetic and potential energy within a stride occur simultaneously, with energy storage accomplished by springy tendons and passive muscle elasticity. The term running can refer to any of a variety of speeds ranging from jogging to sprinting.Running in humans is associated with improved health and life expectancy.It is assumed that the ancestors of humankind developed the ability to run for long distances about 2.6 million years ago, probably in order to hunt animals. Competitive running grew out of religious festivals in various areas. Records of competitive racing date back to the Tailteann Games in Ireland between 632 BCE and 1171 BCE, while the first recorded Olympic Games took place in 776 BCE. Running has been described as the world's most accessible sport.
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Russell Cook, from Worthing, West Sussex, said he will run 39.1 miles (63km) every day, with no rest days. The extreme challenge will begin on 5 February and is expected to take eight months.
Five months after setting out from the tip of Australia, marathon runner Erchana Murray-Bartlett has reached the country's southern edge. The 32-year-old on Monday finished her 6,300km (3,900 miles) journey - a marathon every day for 150 days.
Gary McKee, from Cleator Moor, in Cumbria, began his challenge on 1 January, with donations to be shared between Macmillan Cancer Support and West Cumbria Hospice at Home. The father-of-three often ran his 26.2-mile (42km) route before starting work at the Sellafield nuclear site.
Runners have told BBC Scotland they are "gutted" after seeing their personal bests invalidated because the Great Scottish Run was 150m short – for the second time in six years. Organisers admitted there had been a major error in this year's 10km course at the event in Glasgow.
Image source, Rob PopeA British marathon champion has run the width of the island of Ireland in less than 24 hours, seemingly becoming the first person to accomplish the feat. Robert Pope ran from Galway City on Ireland's west coast to the capital Dublin in just 23 hours and 39 minutes.
Runner Ricky Lightfoot received £3,500 after beating the first horse by more than two minutes on a 22.5 mile (36km) course in Llanwrtyd Wells, Powys. He came out on top of 1,000 runners and 50 horses with a time of 2:22:23.
A woman who took up running after she lost her left leg to cancer has passed the Guinness World Record for most consecutive marathons.Jacky Hunt-Broersma, 46, has run 26.2-miles every day since mid-January, normally taking around five hours.
Training for and completing a marathon improves the health of a new runner's arteries, cutting about four years off their "vascular age", a study suggests. Researchers from Barts and University College London tested 138 novice runners attempting the London Marathon.
Kenyan police have launched a manhunt after the body of a female athlete was found with stab wounds in the town of Iten, famous for its centre for long-distance runners.
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Police in Kenya have arrested the husband of record-breaking long-distance runner Agnes Tirop who was stabbed to death at her home. Emmanuel Rotich, who was detained in the coastal city of Mombasa, will face charges once investigations are completed, an official said.
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How do you like to spend your weekend off? Do you put your feet up in front of the TV? Maybe shopping is your way to unwind? Perhaps you're a bit more adventurous and enjoy a stroll in the countryside?
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