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…

Race Review : Party Train 2

2020 has been a rollercoaster for all of us, but not one where you know the ride. You are expecting a twist to the left, or a slow climb before a scream inducing descent and it did the opposite before coming to a grinding halt leaving us all unexpectedly up in the air and hanging…

Race Review : The SVN 20 in 20 (Day 5)

I don’t do New Years. It is amateur night for me. Having lived for years 3 blocks from Times Square, and then right next to Tower Bridge on the Thames, it is the invasion of my space by drunkard hordes of the bridge and tunnel crowd, on a night when even my local pub is…

Race Review – The Round Reading Ultra

If someone was to describe me, they would probably say that I was driven. That I got things done. That I was focused. This is partially correct in my mind. I like to achieve, that much is true. I am driven, but only inasmuch as I know I only have one life and need to…

Race Review – The Green Man Ultra 45

Woodwose: Anybody who conquers the 45 mile Green Man Challenge around the Community Forest Path is termed a Woodwose, from the Old English wuduwāsa or wood-being, regardless of gender. Woodwose is the proper name for the wild men and wild women that haunted the imaginary forests of medieval Europe and is entirely appropriate for anyone…

Race Review – the RunThrough Victoria Park Half/10K/5K

2020 – the year of getting a fricking grip I used to run halves. I used to run them all the time. It was my distance of choice for a couple of years. Just long enough to feel like you have had a workout, not long enough to leave you beaten. It is that ideal…

Race Review – Thames Meander

Intro The Thames Meander Marathon and Half have often been a “nearly ran” for me. A popular and well known event in these here parts it appeared on the race calendar as early as 2013 but an injury leading up to an aborted Berlin marathon put a stop to that. One of the seasonal runnings…

Race Review – Brooklyn Half Marathon

I used to call NY my home. For almost 10 years I lived in Battery Park city pre 9/11, then Hells Kitchen and the East Village after moving back from the West Coast once the dust had settled. I lived a good life there and love it. It is my home from home. I moved…

Race Review – Chicago Marathon

Coming into Chicago I bailed on two races. Ealing half, the same day as the Berlin Marathon, because it was tipping down and I didn’t want to get sick and want to ruin my chances of a 3rd major in 4 years, and the inaugural London Ultra the week before. 55K across London? It would…

Race Review – XNRG Tring Ultra

Intro Tring Ultra will be my 3rd Extreme Energy race. Pilgrims was my first ultra of the year. The Devils challenge (3 marathons in 3 days) is the first race I added to my already growing 2020 race calendar. Amersham Ultra was my first 50K in March last year, and Tring will now be my…

209 Events Bacchus Half Marathon (3rd Running)

Mostly I do not go back to races. Sure there are exclusions, I ran Athens Marathon twice, 2020 will be my third running of Green Man Ultra, but mostly I run races just the once, and then look for something new. After all, there are so many to choose from. One of the further exceptions…