Race Review – Saxon Viking Norman Gothic Challenge

How many Goths does it take to change a lightbulb? None, they like to embrace the darkness. Maybe it will become a bit of a thing. Last year, to set the mental pace for the year’s running I took in the “delights” of Deal and completed the Saxon Viking Norman Cakeathon as my first marathon…

Race Review – Street Child Craft Half

Alcohol and running: Discuss. That seems to be a good enough starting point. There are numerous races that link our love of running and our love of alcohol. The two have gone hand in hand for me over the years. We have boozy meet ups before and after races, there are booze themed Virtual Medals…

Race Review – Victoria Park 10K

Every year I spend months creating a race calendar that, I promise, I try to stick to. Inevitably it all goes a little off piste and the dozen races I started the year with turns into 2  dozen or more. This year I tried to do the same as I always do, I booked myself…

Race Review – Olympic Park 10K

History I rarely run the same race twice. It would need to be 1. Super quick (like Vicky Park), 2. Crazy fun  (Bacchus dressed as unicorns and drinking booze), or 3. So convenient it would lazy not to (Regents Park). After the year I got a shoe bag and no bling at the Serpies New…

Race Review – Phoenix Running Year End Marathon

If you don’t know Phoenix Running you should go and make yourself aware now. Go. Go on. I will wait. Go. Skedaddle. The premise is similar to the Saxon Viking Norman races with the promise of epic bling for being able to endure themed multiple lap races. This race being 4 laps of 3.3 mile there…

Race Review – Bovington Marathon

LET THERE BE MUD or… “Cry ‘Havoc!’, and let slip the dogs of war I had originally planned to run the inaugural Dorchester Marathon (organised by White Star Running) but due to conflicts and injuries I had to reschedule. The good and kind people at WSR were lovely enough to allow me to swap races (as…

Race Review : Royal Parks Series – Regents Park 10K

The Regents Park 10K. A 10K? A festive 10K at that? Where did this come from? I am guessing this was one of those impulsive race entries (see RTTT, Barcelona Marathon, Lucerne, Vienna, Yorkshire, well, virtually my whole race calendar)  where I get embroiled in a twitter conversation and before long found myself signing up…

Race Review – Relativity Run, Margate

I am just going to leave this here for a while… Down to Margate. You can stick your Costa Brava, I think I’d really rather have a day down Margate with all the family. And not even down to Margate on a weekend. oh no! Due to arsing up Bowieathon, Comrades, Zermatt and, most recently,…

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…