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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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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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After the run is done: images from the 2014 UTMB

I just returned from a week in Chamonix where I was going to run the UTMB CCC and spend some time in the mountains, enjoying the atmosphere of this unique event. Since starting freestak, I have rekindled my love for taking photographs and Chamonix on UTMB weekend is an ideal place to try a few [...]

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Outrun The Sun… did they make it?

A few weeks ago I posted about an event that I was invited to – the ASICS Outrun The Sun. It turned out to be a pretty daring and exciting challenge, especially for those of us who were invited that had run around the Mont Blanc (or indeed done any long distance trail running). There [...]

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ASICS Outrun The Sun: Part Two

ASICS Outrun The Sun: Part Two

Well, best laid plans and all that… I aimed to post an update on the race from Chamonix and yet here I am back in grey and grim London after a much needed good nights sleep, trying to figure out how to cram the story of Outrun The Sun into one blog post. That might [...]

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Coming soon to my feet… the Nike Pegasus 31

I have just heard from Nike that they are unleashing the 31st edition of the Pegasus on the running public, after developing the product with insights from elite athletes including Mo Farah, Galen Rupp and Rita Jeptoo – note they didn’t ask me! As a result, Nike believe they have been able to construct their [...]

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ASICS Out Run The Sun: part One

This is a live, on the ground, real-time report from Chamonix where ASICS have set up a challenge, called Out Run The Sun and invited a big group of journalists, retailers and staff to take part in a celebration of trail running around the challenge they have created. What is Out Run The Sun? The [...]

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