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…

Race Review : The Two Tunnels Half – The UK’s Longest Underground Race

I’m going, I’m going, I’m going Deeper underground I’m going, I’m going, I’m going Deeper underground I’m going, I’m going, I’m going Deeper underground I’m going, I’m going, I’m going Deeper underground And so on and so forth, according to Jamiroquai, and who am I to argue? It would be virtual insanity (see what I…

My thing… awwww, yeah.

When I ran my first marathon back in the autumn of 2015 I wanted a “thing”, you know, something to commemorate the achievement. But something that I could take into and from any future marathons as it was never going to be my one and only. At Berlin 2015, the 42ndrunning of the race in…

Race Review : The Milton Keynes Marathon

How did I get here? This is a mistake? What was I thinking? These thoughts may, or may not, be running through my head as I stand at the start line of the Milton Keynes marathon 2017.  But, to be fair, it was a question of timing. The April cray-cray of Brighton-Manchester-Paris-London always throws a…

Race Review : The Virgin Money London Marathon 2017

You’re not allowed to say anything negative about London apparently. People go bananas about it. I have been warned. But then again I am not negative by default, I have been called a cynic, but I am more of a cynical realist, leaning towards being a closet optimist. I want every race to be awesome and…

The Running Awards 2017

FOREWORD When you experience something in isolation you weigh your opinion based on something as simple as “did I love it? did I hate it?” But when you experience it again you now have a direct comparison, you can finally say this was better than that, or, in a weird parallel universe, that that is better…

Race Review : Brighton Marathon

The Brighton Marathon is one of the biggest in the land (supposedly the 2nd, and at the race the MC bragged it had better support than the others. What? Than London? Dream on, brother), and, because it does not suffer from needing/using/ruining everything with a ballot like London, people can just sign up – but…

More Business Business Business

Stuff happens. That is the nature of stuff. I ran the Barcelona Marathon, which was awwwe-some! BTW (other than the start and the finish). But that was 3 days after I was scheduled in for a second running of Vertical Rush. This is a charity event for Shelter, a very worthwhile cause and involves the kind of…

Race Review : Barcelona Marathon

“Begin at the beginning,” the King said gravely, “and go on till you come to the end: then stop.” Pretty sound advice really, from Lewis Carroll,  for anything, a marathon more so and it would be my race tactic at the Barcelona Marathon 2017.  Barcelona would be my third marathon in three months,  and the…

Race Review : The Victoria Park 10K

I have run most of the RunThrough UK races. I ran their first race (I think), the Bushy Park half back in… well, it was a long time ago, so long ago the nation was not divided, the US had a politician as a president and not a talking Wotsit, and Alan Hansen was still…