Green Man Ultra – Summer Route

Green Man Ultra Having run this race 3 times anti-clockwise, twice as the Green Boy and once as the Green Man I thought, and incorrectly it seems, that the Green Boy would be a doddle on dry summer ground and that, with a complete understanding of OS Maps,  the route would be a simple to…

Race Review – Round Reading Ultra 2021

A while back I stated quite categorically that I wouldn’t run the same marathon more than once. Why? There are just too many races out there, and limited time in the remainder of my life, so why would I? I was a little deluded. I would build an early doors race calendar and start signing…

Race Review – Race to the Stones Day 1

Would I run it again? Abso-fucking-lutely not! Yup, that was what I said back in 2016 after 19 hours of baking sunshine, the wrong shoes, darkness, glowsticks and cow shit, spread over 100KM of the Ridgeway. But COVID has made me reassess a lot of things, including going back to races I’d run before, something…

Race Review – Serpent Trail (2nd Running)

Something the race abstinence  COVID caused was a desperation in my 100 Marathon Club Quest. An urgency that wasn’t there at the beginning started to build as race after race was cancelled or postponed in 2020 and into 2021. What this meant for me was that first, I shifted the goalposts somewhat, changing the 100…

Race Review – Race to the King 2021

The Preamble With races coming back online I am increasingly finding myself signing up to ones I’ve done before. I know, I know, I used to question why you ever would. After all, there are so many races out there. What I’m finding is that, despite hunting high and low for new races, I am…

Race Review – Run to the Sea Brighton

Coming in quick succession the Run to the Sea Brighton was barely a week after London 2 Brighton and for me, at least, completed the Ultraviolet Running slam of races, having completed both the Round Reading Ultra (with Lew) between Lockdown 1 and 2, and Run to the Sea Bournemouth (with Keith) a couple of…

Race Review – London 2 Brighton (Day 1)

I have been a bit remiss in my blogging duties. I started the podcast (the Hundred Marathon Club) in Lockdown 1.0 and have been doing that ever since as the primary outlet for my running life story. I enjoy it. I like writing it, finding new ways of making it more interesting, or fun, or…

Race Review – North Downs Ridge 50K

Intro It’s on like Donkey Kong. A fortnight after the year’s racing started at the Hurtwood 50 I found myself returning to Dorking with an overwhelming sense of Deja-vu. It would be the same organisers, same setup, same tent in the same location, same toilets, same race and timing chip, same one-way system, same checkpoint…

Race Review – Hurtwood 50

The Wait Oh my God! Are we finally poking out heads from under the covers of Lockdown 3 (or is it 4?) and seeing that the world survived this particular asteroid strike/zombie apocalypse/Sharknado and we need to spend a week attempting to make ourselves look respectable, or at least human, again before heading outside?  Yes….

Race Review – Beachy Head Marathon

Preamble When I first started this running business 10K was a million miles away from where I saw myself. OK, not a million miles, more like 6.214 miles away if you are being pedantic, but it may as well have been a million. I couldn’t even manage 200 yards on the treadmill at the Virgin…

Race Review – Run to the Sea Bournemouth

I am quite excited about this one. Not in a Michael McIntyre bounding across the stage like a demented rabbit kind of excited, more sedate, more me. Maybe I will try to write this with less cynicism in honour of the occasion maybe less downright disdain for the whole concept of running given that this…

Race Review – Chiltern 50

If a future version of myself had time travelled back to this weekend 5 years ago it would find the 2015 version of Darren in the multiple queuing system of the Berlin marathon at the disused Templehof airport. The day before his first attempt at running 26.2 miles. And looking back I was worried about…