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REGULAR running triggers a molecule that can help repair certain types of brain damage, according to a team of researchers from The Ottawa Hospital and the University of Ottawa. In trials on animals, they discovered that the molecule, called VGF nerve growth factor, helps to heal the protective coating that surrounds and insulates nerve fibres. As one of hundreds of molecules that muscles and the brain release into the body during exercise, VGF is known to have an anti-depressant response that produces a feel-good effect after a run. Reporting their findings in the journal Cell Reports, they suggested it could pave the way for treatments for multiple sclerosis and other neurodegenerative disorders.

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THE BIG INTERVIEW 14 HOLLY BRADSHAW Why only medals are good enough now for Britain’s top pole vaulter SPOTLIGHT 18 RIO MIGHT-HAVE-BEENS The potential stars of the future who were not at the 2016 Olympics ACTION 36 GREAT SOUTH RUN Chris Thompson and Tirunesh Dibaba take fast victories on the south coast 40 SOUTHERN CROSS RELAY Highgate Harriers and London Heathside crowned champions 42 MIDLAND CROSS RELAY Tipton’s men and Telford’s women take the senior titles 44 NORTHERN CROSS RELAY Lincoln Wellington lead the way with senior double PERFORMANCE 26 Sports science news 28 Coach Insight – Andy Young 30 Circuit training without a gym 34 Hi-vis products reviewed NEWS 6 Relay boys out to make amends 8 Tom Bosworth targets 50km move RESULTS & FIXTURES 46 Results round-up 57 What’s On – fixtures guide REGULARS 22 View From The Stands 24 Young Athlete 61 Quiz – test your athletics knowledge 62 Dip Finish