Race Review – Pride 10K

I needed a comeback race. And if ever I was going to have a comeback race it would be the Pride 10K. It would be my 4th running of it, so I was more than familiar with the route, the bag drop, the setup, everything. Twice I gained a PB at Victoria Park including my…

Race Review – The Virgin Sports British 10K

I did swear I would never run the British 10K again. I swore that after the first time I ran the Nike version in 2012 (my second ever 10K). And then again when I ran the Vitality version in 2015. I swore I would never run it again. But with the utter clusterfuck that is…

Race Review – Ware 10s – aka Man vs Lewis

I have been here before, listing the Man v Horse, Beat the Boat, Chase the Train, all those wonderful niche races where you forget your fellow runners and throw yourself headfirst down a hill in the pursuit of a truckle of cheese. I have run the Beat the Boat, almost exactly a year ago with…

Race Review – Race to the Tower (Double Marathon)

I had to do it for closure. I had to do it this way for completeness. Back in 2016 I ran Race to the King  as my first trail marathon, I ran just day one as a tester for Race to the Stones as my first ultra, that I ran all the way though (100K) in…

Full Blog Wanker Race Review – St Illtyd’s Ultramarathon

To have “st illtyds ultra elevation profile” appear in my internet browser all I need to do is type the letter S. That is how often I have looked at the damned thing over the past few months, meaning this search has finally replaced Shire Singles – Hobbit Dating as the auto-fill value for that letter. …

Race Review – Vienna City Marathon

Oh, my God. You cannot comprehend the amount of times this scene played out. RANDOM Are you running the marathon this weekend? DARREN I am running a marathon. RANDOM London? DARREN No. RANDOM London? DARREN No. Vienna (Pause) RANDOM (In the style of Ultravox) Oooooh, Vienna Over and over and over and over and over…

Race Review – Thames Valley Spring Half Marathon

My Head Hurts, My Feet Stink, and I Don’t Love Jesus I have run Eton Dorney before back in 2015 and it fast (get it?) became my 10K and half marathon PB course. Why? It is just so damned flat. Sure, there is a bridge, maybe two, to cross, but it is mostly the track around the…

The Phoenix Groovy Run

It has all gone to shit… I may have run 6 races (3 tens, 2 maras and a 50K) this year but have been feeling sluggish and slow, heavy and out of shape. Sure, I did finish those but am not happy about the times, other than the Gothic Challenge. The winter is always a…

Race Review – Regent’s Park Easter 10K

I have run the Nice Work Easter 10K before, that was back in 2014 and it was a dark day for bunnykind. A dark day indeed when, bunny, with barely a fortnight between them, I ended up with two identical medals from this race organiser, running the exact same route, in the exact same park….

Race Review – The Bedford 20

The Bedford 20 is an inaugural event that joins a few of those races that really do act as decent marathon prep. It used to be that for London you would need to sign up for the now defunct Kingston Breakfast run but now there are more opportunities for a LSR under race conditions in your…

Race Review – Extreme Energy Amersham 50K

If I may, before the review, can I please be a little forward, and share with you a little foreword? The 100 Marathon Club I am not a particularly fast runner. I am not a particularly good runner. I am definitely not a disciplined runner. The ever-growing gaggle of arseholes (supposed coaches, and armchair elites)…