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keep on running,runningFor this exercise about running, you read about the reasons why someone chooses to run. It provides practice for B1 Preliminary Part 4 of the reading section of the Cambridge English B1 Preliminary exam.

About 5-10 minutes.Reading Skills.Expanding stage.
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For B1 Preliminary Part 4, five sentences have been removed from the text below. For each question, choose the correct answer from the choices. There are three extra sentences that you do not need to use.

Keep on Running

I recently started running after years of doing only a little exercise. I definitely feel fitter; I've lost some weight and can now run distances that would have been impossible for me 20 years ago. (1) So, what is it that keeps me interested?

To begin with, there's nothing like sharing a passion for something with others. When I train with my club, we occasionally talk about other topics while running around the streets. (2) We'll share news of our goals, our latest injuries, and our upcoming runs, knowing that we have a friendly, interested, and understanding ear. I've yet to come across a bad runner!

(3) This has been a lot of fun for me. It could be helping in the organisation of a run in the local park or helping those who are new to running in getting started. In comparison to some people, I do very little, but I do intend to include more of this in the future. It also greatly aids my relaxation. I lead a very busy life, and it is surprisingly difficult for me to go ten minutes without having thoughts racing through my head. Despite this, I can often go for long stretches of a run thinking about nothing but the pavement in front of me and how my body is feeling. (4)

I like having something to aim for, and running gives me that opportunity, whether it's something long term, like my marathon ambitions, or something more immediate, like going for a personal best time on a shorter run. But it's important to remember not to overdo it, and one of my goals is to always enjoy running!

(5) This is especially true if you've achieved something you didn't believe was possible. That's been the case with my personal best times and completing some of the longer runs in the past.


New words and phrases from this exercise about running:

  • accomplishments
  • ambitions
  • beneficial to your health
  • bothering me
  • keep on running
  • long stretches
  • marathon
  • occasionally
  • opportunities
  • passion
  • pavement
  • racing through my head
  • run distances
  • running
  • relaxation
  • train
  • understanding ear
  • upcoming runs
  • volunteer
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Part 1 - Read five real-world notices, messages and other short texts for the main message.

Part 2 - Match five descriptions of people to eight short texts on a particular topic, showing detailed comprehension.

Part 3 - Read a longer text for detailed comprehension, gist, inference and global meaning, as well as writer’s attitude and opinion.

Part 4 - Read a longer text from which five sentences have been removed. Show understanding of how a coherent and well-structured text is formed.

Write about 100 words, answering the email and notes provided.

In addition, we add listening and speaking exercises in order to practise for this part of the B1 Preliminary Test.

Part 3 - Gap-Filled Exercise

The B1 Preliminary Speaking test has four parts and you take it together with another candidate. There are two examiners. One of the examiners talks to you and the other examiner listens.

The more words you encounter and understand, the broader your day-to-day vocabulary will become. Our word games and puzzles are an excellent way to help to reinforce spellings in your mind.
Especially helpful are exercises that are focussed on a theme or topic as these provide word retention practice so you can be confident to read, write, speak and listen successfully.

Cambridge English Examinations:

Cambridge English exams are designed for learners at all levels from the pre-intermediate level Cambridge English: Key (KET) to the very advanced level Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE). These exams give candidates proof of their ability to use English in a wide variety of contexts, relevant to work, study and leisure activities.

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