Friday, 7 February 2014

'Like the Wind' Magazine Launch Party - An Inspiring Magazine and Evening


A number of you may have heard about the new running magazine that has recently been launched, and indeed a number of you attended the launch party on Wednesday night in London.  However, to those of you that aren't aware of this new magazine, the aim of tonight's blog post is basically to bring you 'up to speed' on this exciting new magazine.

So 'Like the Wind'.  Yes, the magazine title is a bit vague.  I never did get a chance to ask Simon or Julie Freemen, the people behind the magazine, the story behind or the meaning of the title.  Maybe "Run like the wind"? The image below is of the front cover, and straight away you will notice that this magazine is nothing like any of the other running magazines.  It simply stands out on its own.  When you pick it up, sense the smell of the quality paper, the ink, or whatever produces the smell.  You just feel quality within your hands.  I guess it feels more like a book, rather than a magazine.

Like The Wind Front Cover

I have been amazingly busy the last few days, so I haven't actually read all of the article yet, as I don't want to feel rushed when I read them.  In fact I have only read a random few but I really like James Adams' and Leon Lutz's articles, although I really need to read both of these articles again, at an even more leisurely pace, to really get the best from their excellent pieces.  Yes, the magazine is quite a different magazine to the usual running magazines where I tend to just skim read the articles.

As you can see from the contents list below there are some top quality writers / photographers / runners that have contributed to the magazine.  And if you look closely towards the bottom, you will see that I have also written a piece simply titled "First Marathon".

Fortunately, Julie and Simon from Like the Wind have given me permission to link to my article from my UltraStu blog. So click this link HERE if you want to read "First Marathon".  One main attraction of the magazine is the variety of contributors.  So even if my piece, 'doesn't light your fire', I'm sure you are bound to find many interesting and inspiring messages within the magazine.

To purchase the magazine, yes at the slightly more expensive price of £9 (Quality doesn't come cheap!), go to the magazine shop at: but you better be quick as it is a limited edition print.  As I publish this post, it states there are only 88 copies remaining!

Back to the launch party, it was a really enjoyable evening.  I got home really late after my train journey back to East Sussex was replaced by a bus half way home!  However, I was ‘buzzing’ after chatting to so many amazing people, including a number of fellow magazine contributors, that the long journey home didn't dissipate any of the positive energy I had absorbed.  I woke up the following morning and although it was wet and cold outside I felt so inspired that I went out for a solid two hour run.  It just got me thinking that if I was able to chat to such interesting people every night, I would achieve some really awesome training!

Time to finish this brief post, so I can relax and enjoy a few more of the articles from 'Like The Wind'.

I will sign off with a quote from James Adams' piece titled 'Your Brain, Your Best Friend, Your Worst Enemy.'  
When I am running and something does not quite go going according to plan - ...... - I just ask myself:  "What would a zebra do?"  James Adams, 2014 Like The Wind Magazine

You will have to read James' article to understand what zebras have to do with running!

Happy reading!



  1. I've ordered my copy and can't wait to read it. I've heard good reports!

  2. Thanks for the links and heads up Stuart. I hope there is a copy left!!

  3. Received mine in the post yesterday and like you I am taking my time to digest the articles as they are really amazing reads and not just the trash journalism that can sometimes be seen in bigger publications.

    I love that this is taking a completely new angle in the approach to run mags. Gone are the routes and the gear and in comes the real reasons we lace up the shoes.

    My fave so far is the amazing story Running the Line. Looking forwards to reading the rest of the mag

    Inspiring stuff.

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