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Paul Sinton-Hewitt: meeting Mr. parkrun

Today I had the pleasure of meeting someone that I have known about for many years and he turned out to be everything I hoped and more. Paul Sinton-Hewitt single handedly launched parkrun with one event in Bushy Park over a decade ago. He now oversees an organisation with 806 events (as of today) all [...]

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Where is the next John Disley

I was very sad to hear of the passing on John Disley at the start of this week. He was one half of the dynamic duo – along with Chris Brasher – who launched the London marathon. I never met Mr. Disley, but from what I have read about him, he was a man who [...]

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If Larkin had written about running

If Larkin had written about running

When I was at school we had a very impassioned English teacher who loved Philip Larkin. He instilled in me a love of one of the least lovable men in English literature. And possibly his most famous poem inspired me to pen a parody this morning. I give you “This Be The Session” not by [...]

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Why question the expert?

Imagine this – you have a serious legal problem and you hire a top lawyer. Pay him or her good money. Tell them about the case, every detail. And then question everything they advise you to do. Or you have bad toothache. You book an appointment with the best dentist in town. And whilst still [...]

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A question of scale

A question of scale

One of the things that I am fascinated by is the point at which design, manufacturing and marketing all intersect. In particular I love the idea of craft and people who take care of the products and services that they are responsible for. And yet the sector that is most important to me – running [...]

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What gives you the right?

This is probably not a blog post that I should write and one that might make me more enemies than friends, but it has been brewing for a while and I’m afraid that I can’t hold it in any longer. This is a blog post about people setting themselves up as coaches and advisers when [...]

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The difference between running, the sport of running and the business of running

I saw a tweet today from Mara Yamauchi: Feeling the need to remember, at the end of the day, running is a fab sport – simple, fun, inexpensive, exhilarating, natural, sociable..:) And I think that hidden in that simple phrase is a very important message. Like so many other people who have a love of [...]

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New year, new challenges

I assume to anyone who has read this blog (and thank you if you have read this blog!) knows that over the past couple of years my relationship with running has changed. When I started this blog, the point was to record a journey. From fat, heavy drinking smoker to… something else. I was not [...]

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The power of angry

I’ve recently finished a book called Will It Make The Boat Go Faster. It’s written by Olympian Ben Hunt-Davis, a member of the victorious eight at the Sydney Games. The book has the potential to be really brilliant, but actually it is clearly designed to be a sales tool for the business that Hunt-Davis runs [...]

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Great way to start the day

You know it is going to be a great day when you can start with a really healthy breakfast – museli, yoghurt, peanut butter, dab of honey and you have your tea in a new mug featuring a brilliant illustration from the amazing hand of Richard Mitchelson. You listen to Prince covering Radiohead’s Creep. And [...]

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