The Top 10 Running Blog ranking was last updated 19/04/2017.
On a mission to prove that fit doesn’t necessarily mean slim, Julie Creffield decided to create The Fat Girls’ Guide to Running in 2010 while training for her first ever marathon. Described as the world’s only running resource for larger women, Julie has dedicated her blog to encouraging larger women to run and embrace their bodies, while helping them to live a happier and healthier lifestyle. The blog contains marathon inspiration, London running routes, and updates from Julie’s running club.
Marathon runner and fitness junkie Charlie Watson is the face behind The Runner Beans. Launched while training for her first marathon, Charlie now has six major marathons under her belt (and she also took home first place for Best UK Fitness Blog at the Vuelio Blog Awards 2016). A self-professed food lover, Charlie’s goal is to share her love of food and fitness while striving for a healthy balance. The Runner Beans features workout and exercise tips, sportwear reviews and inspirational advice to prepare both physically and mentally for a marathon.
Launched as an anonymous running and triathlon blog, the5krunner is authored by three ‘mysterious’ runners and triathletes. Using their expertise in multi-sports training and a deep interest in sports technology, the authors provide detailed posts with tips on the best devices, regimes and other accessories to help with speed, endurance and training fun.
This year marked nine years since freelance journalist in women’s health, UK Athletics Coach in Running Fitness and personal trainer Laura Fountain first stepped into a gym and onto a treadmill. Since creating her blog, Lazy Girl Running, Laura has continued to share her running journey and tips with others, to teach them that running can be used as an outlet to push themselves beyond whatever personal limitations they face. Her blog contains updates from her running classes and coaching, a weekly podcast which features inspirational athletes and runners and advice on how to keep going.
After falling in love with running in 2008, Maria decided that she wanted to blog about it (and of course baking too). Maria blogs about her parkruns, marathons and half marathons in a personal diary-esque style to keep her readers up to date with her progress. When Maria isn’t running, she enjoys baking brownies and cookies (not so much cupcakes), which was the inspiration for her blog name.
A Healthier Moo is authored by ICT teacher and new mother, Mary to document her progress while running. After reaching her ideal weight, Mary saw the benefits that running had on her life and never looked back. Now with a 6-month-old baby, Mary uses A Healthier Moo to show how running can fit around life and motherhood (baby Oscar even accompanies Mary on her runs in his new running buggy). Providing advice on how readers can develop their own running journey and track their progress, A Healthier Moo is ideal if you want the inspiration to fit running into a busy lifestyle.
Cathy’s light-hearted blog JogBlog uses her personal tone and humorous nature to entertain her readers. After stopping smoking after 25 years (she started at age 11), Cathy started running and completed her first 10k back in 2006. JogBlog provides novice runners with a starting point to get them to make achievable running goals, while providing the tips, inspiration and advice that they need to push themselves. As well as posting tips on safety practices while jogging and keeping fit, Cathy also shares the best sportswear for runners, fitness infographics, and running tech gadgets.
Providing round-ups of their fitness activities and regimes, Emma Lax and Charlotte Thomas are the women behind Lunges and Lycra. Aimed at ‘women who like sweating, fitness and the odd nip of gin’, the blog was launched in 2012 to combat a male-dominated market, and features fitness events, sportswear reviews, race reviews and inspirational advice.
The PhD Runner is a personal fitness and running blog, which was created by Emma Neachell to share the adventures of a ‘mediocre and slightly injury-prone runner’. Grown out of the urge to push herself out of her comfort zone, Emma decided to blog to track her progress. Providing readers with raves and rants based on her running events and fitness news, Emma helps runners to find all the information they need to start running and racing on a budget, and join a community of like-minded individuals. Expect to find race reviews, advice on how to keep yourself balanced both physically and mentally, and reviews on events and sportswear.
John Kynaston’s ultra running diary was set up in 2006 so that John could keep a record of his training journey while preparing for the 2007 WHW Race. Now an avid and experienced ultra-runner (long distance running), John continues to use his blog to post training videos and updates, summaries of his runs, and maps of his routes to encourage others to get involved with ultra runs and to track his own progress.
The fundamentals of working with bloggers are the same as with traditional journalists at traditional media outlets: respect their schedules; take time to read their material to learn their interests; and only contact them if/when they want to be contacted.
Vuelio’s blog ranking methodology takes into consideration social sharing, topic-related content and post frequency. Profiles of these running blogs and their authors can be found in the Vuelio Media Database.