Race Review – Beat the Boat 10K

Gyarrrr, me hearties! Yo ho ho and a bottle of SOS Hydration. It is hot hot hot in the UK and people are pushing themselves even harder to complete races at weekends. The heat, added to other things meant that I wasn’t sure 1) if I could do this, or 2) should do this after…

My Marathons in a Nutshell – Sam Baxter

Next up for my series on bite-sized marathon reviews is my old mate Sam Baxter. And today he is going for a biggie and running the Race to the King. Good luck, Sam! Here’s to you fantastic achievements! 1.       London 2014. One of the best days of my life. The crowds were incredible. There was…

My Marathons in a Nutshell – Michael Avery

Next up for the Marathon bites treatment is Michael Avery who is blitzing through marathons at a rate of knots in a wicked pair of shades. Thanks, Michael. London 2013: As magic as the occasion was, seriously took the distance for granted. Great race but blew up at the 19th mile and didn’t recover and…

My Marathons in a Nutshell – Jenni Morris

Next up in my series on bite size reviews, the 12 marathons from UKRUNCHAT’s and South London’s very own Jenni Morris. 1: London 2014: Absolutely epic.  I loved it.  The crowds were amazing, I had a sore hand in the first half from so many high fives.  It’s an amazing atmosphere and I loved it. …

My Marathons in a Nutshell – Me

A new series of blog posts where I ask individuals or groups to summarise their marathons to date. Kicking off we have me, RunnersKnees… BERLIN 2015 99 Red Balloons, Kraftwerk and Rudi Voller’s perm, the Germans have given us so much and for me it was my first marathon. Superbly organised and supported throughout, iconic…

Total Rehab

It needs to be a blue skies on Mars moment when I start the Ultraks Ultra Marathon in Zermatt Switzerland on the 26th August. It will be the first test of my knee since retiring from The Comrades before half way.  I have a medical team helping me, a great couple of Osteos and a…

Race Review – The Comrades

Now before I start, for those of you that do not know, I did not finish the 92nd running of The Comrades but I lived it for a day from a perspective shared by the thousands who do not cross that finish line and not the vast majority of the TV viewers at home. I…

Race Preamble – The Comrades – T minus 1 day

It is the day before… well, you know. It is the day of the packet pickup and the Comrades EXPO. It started at 9am with the tour operator driver picking up the runners at the hotels in Umhlanga, and driving them the short (15-20 min) drive to the EXPO in Durban proper.  Not really the…

Race Preamble – The Comrades – T Minus 3 days

And so we have it. This is the rub. 5 years of running has brought me to here; the start pen for Wave G at the famous Comrades Marathon. Ok, stop there, rewind a bit. Much like the Two Oceans Marathon in Cape Town in the Spring is NOT a marathon because it is 54K,…

The Road to Comrades

I have been putting off thinking about Comrades (known as The Comrades in SA) as a race for a long time. That does sound a bit kooky doesn’t it? I signed up on the first day of registration, having missed the chance to enter the Berlin Wall 100 miler, and have been in denial ever…