Race Review – Beachy Head Marathon

Preamble When I first started this running business 10K was a million miles away from where I saw myself. OK, not a million miles, more like 6.214 miles away if you are being pedantic, but it may as well have been a million. I couldn’t even manage 200 yards on the treadmill at the Virgin…

Race Review – Run to the Sea

I am quite excited about this one. Not in a Michael McIntyre bounding across the stage like a demented rabbit kind of excited, more sedate, more me. Maybe I will try to write this with less cynicism in honour of the occasion maybe less downright disdain for the whole concept of running given that this…

Race Review – Chiltern 50

If a future version of myself had time travelled back to this weekend 5 years ago it would find the 2015 version of Darren in the multiple queuing system of the Berlin marathon at the disused Templehof airport. The day before his first attempt at running 26.2 miles. And looking back I was worried about…

Race Review : Party Train 2

2020 has been a rollercoaster for all of us, but not one where you know the ride. You are expecting a twist to the left, or a slow climb before a scream inducing descent and it did the opposite before coming to a grinding halt leaving us all unexpectedly up in the air and hanging…

Race Review : The SVN 20 in 20 (Day 5)

I don’t do New Years. It is amateur night for me. Having lived for years 3 blocks from Times Square, and then right next to Tower Bridge on the Thames, it is the invasion of my space by drunkard hordes of the bridge and tunnel crowd, on a night when even my local pub is…

Race Review – The Round Reading Ultra

If someone was to describe me, they would probably say that I was driven. That I got things done. That I was focused. This is partially correct in my mind. I like to achieve, that much is true. I am driven, but only inasmuch as I know I only have one life and need to…

Race Review – The Green Man Ultra 45

Woodwose: Anybody who conquers the 45 mile Green Man Challenge around the Community Forest Path is termed a Woodwose, from the Old English wuduwāsa or wood-being, regardless of gender. Woodwose is the proper name for the wild men and wild women that haunted the imaginary forests of medieval Europe and is entirely appropriate for anyone…

The Blink Water Grotto Ravine

The Blink Water Grotto Ravine And so I found myself back in Cape Town at the height of Summer, both Parkrun weekends SNAFUd, no races on the calendar, or none that I could get to and therefore I did what I did last time, I decided to climb the mountain. Table Mountain. This fcker. But…

Race Review – the RunThrough Victoria Park Half/10K/5K

2020 – the year of getting a fricking grip I used to run halves. I used to run them all the time. It was my distance of choice for a couple of years. Just long enough to feel like you have had a workout, not long enough to leave you beaten. It is that ideal…

2019 – A Running Year in Review

  Twelve months have come and gone and here I am looking back and hoping to see an improvement, some sort of progress in at least one aspect of my running from previous years. I do this every year, despite the haters hatin’, even though it tends to depress me it also inspires me to…

Parkrun!

Am cataloging my parkrun adventure as I try (slowly) to work my way up to 50, 100 and beyond parkruns. I am enjoying the tourism aspects mostly, so will be reviewing the runs as I do them and republishing as I do. D ALEXANDRA PALACE (LONDON) BROCKWELL (LONDON) BUSHY (THE ORIGINAL – HAMPTON WICK) CLAPHAM…