The Second Half of the Year

It has been a pretty good year so far. My flumpometer rating is pretty high with 4 marathons (Vienna, Liverpool, Gothic and Transgrancanaria) and 2 ultras (St Wales and Amersham) ticked off in the space of 3 months. Not to mention the halves, tens and a 20 miler too. But this year is all about…

The Coach Question

What do you want from your running? Well that is a tricky question, Darren, thanks for starting this at the bottom of a sheer incline. For me, I want to finish races well, healthy, not destroyed and to do so I can either train and be in great shape, or put in a little less…

2017 – A Running Year in Review

Following on from the progress, if that is the correct term, made in 2016 (100K ultra and 6 marathons) I wanted 2017 to be an even bigger year. The big race, the A race that would be my target was the Berlin Wall 100 Miler, a curious and relatively unknown event but one that has…

Running Tech – The Polar M430 and Polar Flow

I know a thing or two about activity tracking technology. For the last year I have been completing my newest master’s thesis on the impact it has on our running community. I am also acutely aware of my own personal need. My tracking need has evolved over time, and so has my activity tracking technology….

Total Rehab

It needs to be a blue skies on Mars moment when I start the Ultraks Ultra Marathon in Zermatt Switzerland on the 26th August. It will be the first test of my knee since retiring from The Comrades before half way.  I have a medical team helping me, a great couple of Osteos and a…

Race Preamble – The Comrades – T minus 1 day

It is the day before… well, you know. It is the day of the packet pickup and the Comrades EXPO. It started at 9am with the tour operator driver picking up the runners at the hotels in Umhlanga, and driving them the short (15-20 min) drive to the EXPO in Durban proper.  Not really the…

Race Preamble – The Comrades – T Minus 3 days

And so we have it. This is the rub. 5 years of running has brought me to here; the start pen for Wave G at the famous Comrades Marathon. Ok, stop there, rewind a bit. Much like the Two Oceans Marathon in Cape Town in the Spring is NOT a marathon because it is 54K,…

The Road to Comrades

I have been putting off thinking about Comrades (known as The Comrades in SA) as a race for a long time. That does sound a bit kooky doesn’t it? I signed up on the first day of registration, having missed the chance to enter the Berlin Wall 100 miler, and have been in denial ever…

My thing… awwww, yeah.

When I ran my first marathon back in the autumn of 2015 I wanted a “thing”, you know, something to commemorate the achievement. But something that I could take into and from any future marathons as it was never going to be my one and only. At Berlin 2015, the 42ndrunning of the race in…

The Running Awards 2017

FOREWORD When you experience something in isolation you weigh your opinion based on something as simple as “did I love it? did I hate it?” But when you experience it again you now have a direct comparison, you can finally say this was better than that, or, in a weird parallel universe, that that is better…

More Business Business Business

Stuff happens. That is the nature of stuff. I ran the Barcelona Marathon, which was awwwe-some! BTW (other than the start and the finish). But that was 3 days after I was scheduled in for a second running of Vertical Rush. This is a charity event for Shelter, a very worthwhile cause and involves the kind of…