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I am Adele and I am a runner, cyclist, swimmer and running coach, based in South East London. This blog started as a way of documenting my training for my first marathon, back in 2006 in Edinburgh (was it really twelve years ago?!). I got the running bug and also the blogging bug and have since taken part in numerous events and challenges, including now tackling triathlons, duathlons and Swimathon.

A major running challenge was a 91 mile run during August 2006. As part of the exhibition ‘no place, like home’, commissioned by Beacon Art Project, I ran the length of the railway line between Nottingham and Skegness, documenting things I saw along the way. You can read my account of this here.

I am also Run Director at Hilly Fields parkrun and junior parkrun, something that really has changed my life and widened my community. In my role as a running coach, I coach the girls’ group at my running club, Kent AC and I am trainer at GoodGym Lewisham and Bromley.

You can get in touch by emailing adele[at]adeleprince.com. I am always happy to test and review fitness-related products and events, so don’t hesitate in contacting me if you have something lovely for me to try out, or a big challenge you would like to propose!



21 thoughts on “About

  1. beth says:

    Hi I think you would enojy a new website which has recently been launched – http://www.artrabbit.com.

    It is a brand new type of art site which is open to everyone not just those in the know and is aimed at encouraging discussion and particiaption in the contemporary UK art world. As well as providing comprehensive free listings, ArtRabbit allows users to map events, locate events within geographical areas and to create and download printable maps. For the first time users can access events online by date and kind or simply by region and be reminded when exhibitions are opening or closing.

    Not only that but users can become members and are able to register their favorite venues and events which can then be shared with other users along with their thoughts and comments on exhibitions and events. I think that the site will be right up your street especially as you can grab code from the Artrabbit site, paste it into your own blog page and show a live feed of your favourite Art Rabbit events on your own page. We would of course love to see your opinion online at ArtRabbit for others to read.

    Oh and I forgot to say, the site looks hot too! See what you think…..

  2. anna says:


    Inspiration blog 🙂 Congratulations!

    Also, if you like this website, runreviews.com, maybe you would like to add it in the blogroll. I can return the help 🙂 Send me an email if interested.

    Thank you and good luck with your quest.

  3. Alex - Royal Parks Foundation says:


    The Royal Parks Foundation are putting on a half marathon this October and to accompany the event we are hosting a ‘Hearts & Heritage’ Walk through the four London Royal Parks.

    I was just wondering if this was something your bloggers would be interested in. The foundation would much appreciate your help in spreading the word.

    Feel free to contact me if you have any questions, it would be great if you could let us know if you decide to cover it. You can email me at freelance1(at)bravepr(dot)com or call me on 0203 170 0950.

    I have attached the press release below.

    Kind Regards,
    Alex Margolin

    News Release


    It’s more than just a Walk in the Park….

    The Royal Parks Foundation announces the launch of a new

    Hearts & Heritage Walk

    Following the huge success of the annual Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon – now in its third year – The Royal Parks Foundation is delighted to announce the launch of its inaugural Hearts & Heritage Walk – the perfect challenge for those who want to take part in this uplifting day at a slower pace than a run!

    Taking place on Sunday 10 October (the same day as the run) and setting off just 40 minutes later at 10.10am, the Hearts & Heritage Walk will follow a stunning 13.1 mile trail, taking in the beautiful scenery of four of London’s Royal Parks (St James’s Park, The Green Park, Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park) as well as passing some of the City’s most iconic buildings and landmarks.

    Sara Lom, Chief Executive of The Royal Parks Foundation comments; ‘This year, we really wanted to make the Half Marathon inclusive and accessible to everyone of all ages and all levels of physical ability. We understand that not everyone is able to participate in a running event. With this in mind, we have created an additional element to the day to encourage non-runners to join this annual celebration of the Royal Parks and experience the same race-day excitement and finish-line success as our 12,500 Half Marathon runners.”

    Created to suit everyone, the Hearts & Heritage Walk comprises two waves:

    1. The Hearts Wave – a dating wave that will provide those looking to meet like-minded people with a wonderful opportunity to mingle in a relaxed fashion in some of the most romantic and scenic spots in London.

    2. The History & Heritage Wave will take walkers on a guided journey through London and offer a fabulous chance for families, couples or groups friends to walk a stunning route whilst learning about the Parks and London’s history and heritage (including recent events) along the way.


    For those who love a walking challenge or are looking for romance, this new Hearts & Heritage Walk will be the perfect day out this autumn. With space for up to 650 walkers, the event is a fabulous way to encourage family and friends to get out and about and join in the fun of the Half Marathon race day.

    The course, starts and ends in Hyde Park and passes some of London’s most iconic landmarks such as Wellington Arch, Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye and the Albert Memorial. The course, will be 13.1 miles long, however walkers do have the option to choose a shorter route of six miles.

    All walkers taking part will experience the inspirational race day atmosphere created by the tens of thousands of spectators. And they will also enjoy the Brakes Food & Fitness Festival in Hyde Park where there will be have-a-go sporting activities for all the family plus the chance to sample great British food.

    Registration for the Hearts & Heritage Walk is open until 10 September and costs £45 for which participants will receive their walk entry, timing chip and t-shirt, plus a medal when they finish. For further information on how to register visit http://www.royalparkshalf.com/the_walk.

  4. laura says:


    I know it seems like autumn, but there is still the chance of some sun. So would you like to try out some Polaroid Sunglasses?

    Good in low light and bright light. We’d like to know what you think. And we do kid’s sunglasses as well.


  5. Jen Allsopp says:


    I was wondering if you would be interested in writing a blog post about preparation needed for contact lens wearing runners? We have a client called GetLenses that has prepared a selection of tips and also has a qualified optometrist available to help with further Q&As. Do let me know if this is of interest by dropping me an email.



  6. Sam Newell says:

    Really like the blog! Nothing like a marathon to get your writing eh?

    I am updating my links page and have added a ‘friends of’ section for blogs like this. Would you like to swap links? (if not that is okay too!)

    Keep up the good work!

  7. sylvie says:


    You mentioned that you were happy to write product reviews, your blog content fits perfectly with a campaign we currently have with one of our client. Please contact me when you have a spare moment and I will email you more info.

    Many thanks


  8. Annie Macfarlane says:


    I’ve been enjoying following your running (and cakeless!) journey and would love to speak to you about a campaign we’re running with one of our clients. Would you be able to drop me an email when you get a chance?



  9. Hayden says:

    Hi Fit Lady…

    I’d like to send you a Trion:Z bracelet to review on ‘FitArtist. If you are unaware of Trion:Z, the brand are best known throughout the sporting fraternity for their award winning negative ion releasing bracelets (patented magnetic ionic technology), designed to improve sporting performance and proven to be 50-100 times more powerful than other similar products. It’s more than likely that you’ve seen a number of sporting heroes wearing these in recent times. Certainly if you’re into cricket or golf you may have seen a number of stars wearing these to get that extra competitive edge.

    To celebrate the forthcoming Marathon season, we’d like to offer you a Trion:Z to review. Please feel free to pick your preferred size and colour here http://www.trionz.co.uk/Category/1-dual-loop-bracelet.aspx and let me know which you’d like for us to send out to you and where to.

    In addition, all mentions from you will get shared on the Trion:Z social pages.


    Hayden Allen-Vercoe (on behalf of TrionZ UK)

  10. Egle says:

    Hello!! I read your post about Big Lunch 2011 that you held, any plans for this year? I would very much like to get involved!!

  11. aflspltd says:

    Hi Adele, thank you so much for your amazing review of the London Aquatics Centre! Have forwarded onto our Architects who were on the design team 🙂

  12. Eva says:

    Hi saw you met Chrissie Wellington, she’s one of my heros too. Good luck with your triathlon preperations. Eva (sorelimbs wife) x

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