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 BROCKWELL (LONDON) BUSHY (THE ORIGINAL – HAMPTON WICK) CLAPHAM COMMON (LONDON) DURHAM…

Race Review – The Serpent Trail Ultra

This one was not on the radar. I’d not even heard of it. Of all the runners I know only 3 had run this before, Alison (@menagerie42) in 2017 and Ally (@photogirlruns) and Helen (@poorepurr) last year. It is a relatively new race, RD’d by Freedom Running that snakes its way down the Serpent trail…

Race Review – Beat the Boat 10K Windsor (Second Running)

Windsor is one of those lovely places in the country where you just have a good time surrounded by buildings steeped in history, a castle backdrop, and, thankfully, plenty of races. I have raced here a bit. My recent Threshold London Trails marathon and ultra finished here, Eton Dorney lake, home of the Olympic rowing,…

Race Review – The Wall

The Northern Curse This is a thing. If anyone knows me and my rubber duck collection, that is NOT a thing. The Northern Curse is. Every time I plan a hefty race or two in the North I get sick. I blame the contractors I work with. They do not get paid sick time, so…

Race Review – Liege Beer Lovers Marathon (Okidoki, Dr Jones)

This race was meant to be a team effort with the guys joining me. But, as it happens, none of them made it in the end leaving me and returning warrior princess Jenni, fresh from her South American adventure, to head on the Eurostar to Brussels, and from there onto the small city of Liege…

Race Review – Half Fire and Ice Ultra (DAY 2 and 3)

DAY TWO – the day after the night before (and no sleep) On Day One, after tending to Jane, there was a climb and I was not prepared for the bone chilling wind sideswiping me as I entered the next micro-climate.  At the time Jane went on as I fought with my bag until it…

Race Review – Half Fire and Ice Ultra (DAY 1)

A – Races. I guess in 2012 the first race I signed up for, the Amsterdam Half, could be classed as the original A – Race. I did that one strapped up after a knee injury at Royal Parks. Not sure I had one in 2013 when I was ambling through with sickness, injury, a…

Race Review – The London Revolutions Trail Marathon

Advertised by this mob (honestly they get everywhere) this weekend I took part in the new Threshold event, after completing King and Stones in 2016, and Tower in 2018, the London Revolution trails marathon and ultra. I was pissed off from the start. I may look back and rate completing the Threshold series of Race…

Race Review – St Illtyds Ultra – Take 2

2018 Back in the annals of history (last year) I ran this race… I stayed in a shitty hotel. The pub closed early. I didn’t eat at all for most of the time. JK, Clare and I got lost, as did Whiffers, Tori gave people a lift, poor Sarah got sick, I drank Parma Violet…

Race Review – Rock ‘n’ Roll Madrid Marathon

London Marathon Weekend “I ran a marathon..” “What London?” “No, Madrid.” “Oh, how far is that?” You enter the ballot, with the half of the universe that Thanos did not wipe out with a click of his fingers, and you might get in, but I doubt it. I didn’t get in in 2014, or 2015…

Race Review – Hanover or Hannover Marathon

I do love me some overseas racing fun and games.  The first race I ever signed up for was Amsterdam half. My A Race is Comrades. My first marathon was Berlin, and I had booked Copenhagen before I ran that to take the pressure off. Fast forward 33 marathons or above and I have enjoyed …