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First broadcast:
Friday 03 January 2014

Running is experiencing an explosion in popularity in the UK and across the world. So why are we running now more than ever - the recession, the Olympic competitive factor, the new social media app revolution, public health awareness, mid-life crises or rising life expectancy? Mike Williams, not exactly a natural runner, tests out these theories and is persuaded to try barefoot running himself.



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