Sheffield Half Marathon 27.5.12

After a period of 18 months away from running due to competing in the Welsh, English and British Indoor rowing championships, this Sunday see Owen James return to action in his first competitive half marathon.

Having shed a stone of the weight, muscle and power needed in the rowing, I am now beginning to feel like I can run again. The weight is very much needed on the rowing machine but has certainly slowed me down on the running front!

Its was extremely hard to put muscle weight on whilst doing 12 training sessions per week. I was forever eating and drinking high calorie shakes. I was becoming bored of eating as that was a major focus every day!

Since stopping the shakes and endless snack throughout the day, I am probably now consuming 2500kcal less per day. This has lead to a substantial weight loss already and I’m now ready to get back on track with the running.

I won’t run a personal best this weekend but will certainly be pushing myself to the limit to see where I’m at and then will look to bulid on that over the next 12 months.



London Marathon 2012

Congratulations to Martin whom I managed to coach and train very successfully in not only completing his first ever marathon but managing to go sub 4 hours by recording a time of 3 hrs 58 min 1 second!

Martin was literally over the moon! The hard work and training certainly paid off and now he’s looking at doing the New York Marathon in November 2012.

Anyone interested in help or advice from running 5k up to the full marathon distance should contact me on:

07974 001164



London Marathon 2012

The 2012 London Marathon is 7 days away now and with the last 10 mile run done and dusted its time to take the foot off the gas and enjoy an easy weeks training/taper.

This year I will be running with a good friend of mine, Martin for whom it will be his first marathon!

A few years ago, Martin had completed the Great North Run and feared the prospect of ever running twice that distance. Never the less he was determined to conquer it so I drew up a training plan for him and his quest for London began.

Originally Martin had set himself a target of getting around in under 5 hours. However as the training miles were put in and after a fantastic run at the Retford Half Marathon (1:51) and successfully completing our last long training run of 24 miles in the snow, wind and rain, he is now ready to tackle London and we’re looking around the 4 hours 10 mark.

I’m really looking forward to helping Martin achieve his goals and capturing that amazing feeling as we run past Westminster and along the final mile up to Buckingham Palace!

Owen James ALL-for-YOU is available for help or advice on running, marathon training, sports nutrition, energy gels, carbohydrate loading, marathon race strategy.

I’m also available for sports massage therapy which helps with injury prevention and recovery during your marathon training programme.

Owen James MISRM, BSc Loughborough








British Indoor Rowing Championships 2012

After 18 months of rowing, weight training and plenty of eating, finally the day had arrived to see what I was made of.

Nottingham University was the venue for the British and European Indoor Rowing Championships.
After a good 30 minutes warm up I was ready!

I attacked the first 500m hard, then settled down into a good rhythm for the middle 1000m. Finally I upped my stroke rate and smashed the last 500m finishing 10th overall in a new lifetime best of 6:27.1

It was another fantastic achievement and another insight into training for such a short explosive, anaerobic event. I managed to gain 35lbs in the 18 months through strength and conditioning myself with the right training and nutrition and gained very little fat.

Thanks for your support.
For any advice or a discussion on this event please call or email me.

OJ gets a new personal best in Cardiff

With nerves, apprehension and adrenalin all beginning to kick in, I sat down on machine no.2 in preparation for the pain that would suddenly kick in with 500m to go.

After the words READY, ATTENTION, ROW….I was off

After a frantic start of trying to get the flywheel moving I soon settled into a steady pace. The middle part was tough because I knew that pushing too hard would end up in me crashing hard.

With 350m to go I started to up my pace and was pulling 1:36/500m finishing strong and managed to finish with a time of 6 mins 31.2 secs

Next events are the English Indoor Rowing Championships in Manchester on February 12th 2012 and the British Indoor Rowing Championships on March 25th.

Thanks for all your support!


The Welsh Indoor Rowing Championships

Saturday December 3rd is the first of 3 major indoor rowing events over the next few weeks.

The distance is 2000m. Power, strength and muscular endurance are all required in order to get you through.

After completing 2 marathons in 2 weeks last year I decided to dedicate the next year to building myself back up in terms of weight, muscle and power and try to improve on my performance in 2008’s British Indoor Rowing Championship.

OJ Teaches 12 Hour Charity Spinathon

On Saturday 23 July 2011 from 7am to 7pm I took part in and taught 12 x 1 hour studio cycling classes at Hoar Cross Hall Health Spa, Staffordshire. It was a charity event aimed at raising funds for ‘TEAM HARRY’

Harry is a local 10 year old boy who fell ill with respiratory failure and cardiac arrest as a result of a chest infection. After several days in intensive care he came through but sustained brain injury and now needs intensive rehabilitation to maximise his potential recovery

It was a long day. I’d like to thank everyone that took part. Claire Atkin and Laura Crutchley also managed to do the full 12 hours whilst others (Andy and Sally Selby) did 7 hours, 4 hours or even just one hour – it all helped. People came, went and then came back again throughout the day.

I’d also like to say a huge thank-you to Zipvit Sport who supplied us with their great tasting and effective energy products (energy drinks, bars and chews) that helped to keep us going and fuel us through the day.

ISRM BTEC Diploma in Sport and Remedial Massage Therapy Level 5 Bridging Course

I am currently continuing my professional development on a level 5 Sports and Remedial Massage Bridging Course at The Active School of Complementary Therapy Loughborough.

Areas revisited this weekend were:

STR (Soft Tissue Release)

MET (Muscle Energy Technique)

SCS (Strain and Counter Strain)

Help to improve your staff’s muscle tension and reduce stress levels

Today I was at Hall Cross Lower School in Bessacarr, Doncaster carrying out sports massage therapy on the staff during their teacher training day. I saw a total of 21 staff who each had a 10 minute clothed sports massage on my portable massage chair.

‘A massive thank-you for today Owen – it went well and the feedback so far has been extremely positive.’

Sharon Carroll

Hall Cross School, Bessacarr, Doncaster

OJ breaks the 3 hour Marathon barrier!

Berlin Marathon Press Release

Local marathon runner Owen James, known to family, friends and colleagues as OJ, has beaten the elusive 3 hour barrier in the recent Berlin Marathon with a personal best time of 2 hours 59 minutes and 13 seconds. He came 1030th out of just over 35,000 finishers, a top 3% place, putting him in the category of elite runners.

Owen, aged 31, is a former Sheffield United footballer and now works as a personal trainer and sports massage therapist with his own business ALLforYOU ( Two days each week he also trains people as a leading member of the leisure team at Hoar Cross Hall Health Spa in Staffordshire.

Berlin was the 5th Marathon run in 3 years for OJ whose ambition throughout has been to complete the event in under 3 hours. Runs in New York and London in 2006, 2007 and 2008 were followed by a personal best 3 hours 4 minutes in this Aprils Paris Marathon.

Owen says, ‘By the time I ran in Paris I pretty much had my training down to a fine art. 18 weeks of preparation, 6 days a week, with 2 long runs every weekend really paid off but something was just holding me back that little bit’.

He then realised that at 6foot 3inches tall and weighing 14 stones, hardly the normal for an elite marathon runner, a stricter diet alongside an already demanding training schedule was going to be essential if the 3 hour barrier was to be breached. A steady weight loss of around one pound each week alongside the daily runs meant that he could maintain his strength and stamina whilst at the same time giving himself that slight edge in terms of speed and endurance for the notoriously challenging distance.

As well as having a time target Owen also raises funds through sponsorship for a variety of charities. This time he raised around £750 for the MacMillan Cancer Charity. He says, ‘Not only did I have the amazing experience of fulfilling a lifelong ambition I was also delighted to be able to raise some funds for this worthwhile cause’.

‘It’s a privilege to be able to run, unfortunately I have recently lost 2 friends and I would like to dedicate finally breaking the 3 hour barrier to them.’

OJ now plans to run the Boston and Chicago marathons in the USA in 2010 which are the final 2 of the 5 world marathon majors (London, Berlin New York, Boston and Chicago) but will concentrate more on simply enjoying the atmosphere and experience of taking part in the events rather than trying to beat his impressive personal best time.