Race Review : Herts Half, Knebworth

Looking back into the mists of time I found that I signed up for the Herts Half back in July. I think it was about this time that the Katzenjammers were looking at a race we could all run. With me at Hull, Baz and JK at Chicago, Baz, JK, Clare and Kaya at Beachy,…

Race Review – Shakespeare Raceway Autumn Marathon

The Prelude You know it is going to be a good one when this many of the 160 registered marathon runners don’t bother to turn up. And now… “To PB or not PB, that is the question.”  This race would not have ever been on my calendar if things had turned out well at Gravesend…

Race Review – The Swiss City Marathon, Lucerne

I do love Switzerland, he says, making the heart sign with his thumbs and fingers over his sternum. The last time I was here in the mountains of Zermatt I enjoyed, if that is the correct term, my second DNF of the year. But I often say that you are not defined by your last…

Race Review – The Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon

The Preamble (To be read in the style of Sean Bean) As I write this, I am absolutely bloody jiggered, but stay till end and you’ll see for why. I was in a Twitter DM group made up of the #UKRUNCHAT peeps who ran the Tatton Half when it was suggested that I should run…

Race Review – the RB Hull Marathon

The Hull Marathon will take place 2 years to the day from my first, the 42nd Berlin Marathon, and will be my 13th so far. 13 marathons in two years? Unlucky for some, but will it be for me? We shall see. But first the preamble. Ok, the fun and games are over. (Puts on…

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…