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…

Race Review – Thames Valley Spring Half Marathon

My Head Hurts, My Feet Stink, and I Don’t Love Jesus I have run Eton Dorney before back in 2015 and it fast (get it?) became my 10K and half marathon PB course. Why? It is just so damned flat. Sure, there is a bridge, maybe two, to cross, but it is mostly the track around the…

The Phoenix Groovy Run

It has all gone to shit… I may have run 6 races (3 tens, 2 maras and a 50K) this year but have been feeling sluggish and slow, heavy and out of shape. Sure, I did finish those but am not happy about the times, other than the Gothic Challenge. The winter is always a…