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My problem with the use of the word ‘brutal’.

brutal (adjective) bruːt(ə)l/ 1. savagely violent. 2. unpleasant or harsh. 3. direct and without attempting to disguise unpleasantness. Origin: late 15th century (in the sense ‘relating to the lower animals’): from Old French, or from medieval Latin brutalis, from brutus ‘dull, stupid’ Too many ‘brutal’s It may be perception rather than reality, but lately I [...]

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Avoiding a doping problem in marathon running? Might be too late.

I just read an astonishing – and very disappointing – statistic relating to elite level marathon runners: Thirty-six Kenyans have been confirmed as failing [performance enhancing drug] tests in the past two years. And probably the saddest thing is that I’m not at all surprised. The reasons why doping is almost certainly endemic in the [...]

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The cult of Bill

The cult of Bill

A few years ago I met a man, called Bill. And he talked to me about the art, not the science of running. He told me about running by feel, about dedication, about consistency. He talked about being competitive but also humble. About running with others but also enjoying the solitude of running alone. He [...]

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Always a runner? Then dress like one!

My friend Nick Anderson used to explain that as a coach he is interested in the runner 24 hours a day, not just the hour or three that he or she is actually running each day. Let’s face it, it is relatively easy to ‘be a runner’ when you are actually running. But the other [...]

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You can’t manage what you can’t measure

I think that it’s a rather outdated management saying – that you can’t manage what you can’t measure, or something like that. And I am going to clumsily apply it to an experience I had recently at Premier Podiatry I have known Ken Hoye for quite a few years now and a while ago he [...]

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I can’t, but you should…

As the co-founder of freestak: the endurance sports agency, I get to work on some absolutely fantastic events. In fact one of the principles that we stick to at freestak is that we only work on projects and products that we personally believe in. The downside of this is that I disqualify myself from entering [...]

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Lizzy Hawker announces the UTMR… and I’m definitely signing up!

Lizzy Hawker announces the UTMR… and I’m definitely signing up!

It had been raining in Chamonix on and off for the last couple of days. As befits an area of such magnificence and such extremes, the rain wasn’t a light drifting of moisture from above; it was in fact chucking it down. But despite the rain, I was in heaven. Actually I was on a [...]

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Simon Freeman (in) Esquire

I received a lovely email from the people at Esquire yesterday asking me to tell them about a few of my favourite running routes around London. I was delighted to oblige because Esquire always seems to me to have been the best of the magazines aimed at men – none of the nonsense and sleaze [...]

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Take it to the bridge (or bridges…)

Take it to the bridge (or bridges…)

James Brown might have instructed his band to “take it to the bridge” but it was James Poole who suggested that we “take it to the bridges” when he proposed a pre-UTMB CCC training run along the River Thames from Woolwich foot tunnel to Richmond Park – 60km in distance and probably 15,000 steps up [...]

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The Florence Marathon 2010 – a breakthrough moment

I was recently talking to someone involved in the organisation of the Paris marathon and she asked if I had run her race. I said I had and I explained that it was a bit of a breakthrough race for me. The first time I ran under 2:45. But actually if I think about the [...]

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