Race Review – Bacchus Half Marathon

What is Bacchus? Named after our favourite Roman god (of agriculture, and more importantly booooze) the Bacchus half marathon and marathon takes place in early September at the Denbies wine estate in Surrey (near Dorking). It is the English Marathon du Medoc and similarly involves hundreds of runners and walkers in fancy dress completing the…

Race Review: Ultraks Matterhorn

This has been a long time coming. The Hills are Alive with the sound of music, and runners, intrepid runners including Jeff (ukruncat), Jen (_jen_mo), Stu (FromBoris) and Chris (RedSquirrelRunning). The arc back to fitness after the disappointment of Comrades has been a slow one. Has it been 12 weeks already, a meagre 3 months…

Race Review : The Pride 10K, Victoria Park

A light heart lives long, according to Bill Shakespeare and who am I to argue with the Bard? Young hearts, run free… dum dee dum dum de dumm dum de dumm dum dee deeeee, and all that jazz. Back at the Pride 10K at Victoria Park for a third time in 4 years and running my third 10K in…

Race Review – The RunThrough Chase the Sun 5K/10K Clapham

Are you comfortable, boys and girls? Good. Let me tell you a story. I have run a lot of other races with RunThrough. The Bushy Park half was their first, and I commented that it was a good race back then. I have run Greenwich Park, Victoria Park, Brixton, Battersea, Tatton Park, Hyde Park, Bushy,…

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…

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 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…

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…

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…

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…