Race Review – The Virgin Sports British 10K

I did swear I would never run the British 10K again. I swore that after the first time I ran the Nike version in 2012 (my second ever 10K). And then again when I ran the Vitality version in 2015. I swore I would never run it again. But with the utter clusterfuck that is…

Race Review – Ware 10s – aka Man vs Lewis

I have been here before, listing the Man v Horse, Beat the Boat, Chase the Train, all those wonderful niche races where you forget your fellow runners and throw yourself headfirst down a hill in the pursuit of a truckle of cheese. I have run the Beat the Boat, almost exactly a year ago with…

Race Review – Race to the Tower (Double Marathon)

I had to do it for closure. I had to do it this way for completeness. Back in 2016 I ran Race to the King  as my first trail marathon, I ran just day one as a tester for Race to the Stones as my first ultra, that I ran all the way though (100K) in…

Race to the Tower – Obligatory Photos

Thanks to those wonderful people at Pics2Go I had the photos before I’d even finished. DAY ONE It started so well… Bam bam! Gun hands. Single Fonzie at the valley edge Huffing and a puffing at a rock thingy In it to the finish Grit, determination, and other such things. DAY TWO JK and I…

The Second Half of the Year

It has been a pretty good year so far. My flumpometer rating is pretty high with 4 marathons (Vienna, Liverpool, Gothic and Transgrancanaria) and 2 ultras (St Wales and Amersham) ticked off in the space of 3 months. Not to mention the halves, tens and a 20 miler too. But this year is all about…

Vienna Marathon Review – Addendum

I feel compelled to write a follow-up post on the Vienna Marathon because little or nothing has improved since the shambolic weekend in April. As you will recall there were a few issues: I had no timing chip in my race pack and therefore received no official time. Vienna Marathon therefore does not count towards…

Full Blog Wanker Race Review – St Illtyd’s Ultramarathon

To have “st illtyds ultra elevation profile” appear in my internet browser all I need to do is type the letter S. That is how often I have looked at the damned thing over the past few months, meaning this search has finally replaced Shire Singles – Hobbit Dating as the auto-fill value for that letter. …

Race Review – Vienna City Marathon

Oh, my God. You cannot comprehend the amount of times this scene played out. RANDOM Are you running the marathon this weekend? DARREN I am running a marathon. RANDOM London? DARREN No. RANDOM London? DARREN No. Vienna (Pause) RANDOM (In the style of Ultravox) Oooooh, Vienna Over and over and over and over and over…