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ASICS Beat the Sun… did they make it?

ASICS Beat the Sun… did they make it?

Ten days ago I wrote about an event that I had just been invited to in the Alps – the ASICS Beat the Sun challenge. The idea is simple – can a team of runners, in a relay, circumnavigate the Mont Blanc between sunrise and sunset on the longest day of the year? Last year [...]

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Bringing the Marathon Majors to your garage (if you have one)

Bringing the Marathon Majors to your garage (if you have one)

A few years ago – after I’d run a few sub-3 hour marathons – I got the idea into my head that I would try to run all of the Majors, that was London, New York, Berlin, Boston and Chicago (before Tokyo was added to the group) in under three hours each. I loved big [...]

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ASICS Beat The Sun returns to Mont Blanc

ASICS Beat The Sun returns to Mont Blanc

Imagine a challenge so finely balanced that after 15 hours of total physical commitment and days of planning the target is missed by a fraction over half a minute. That would be incredible, non? Well that is exactly what happened at the ASICS Outrun The Sun event last year. Two teams attempted to run around [...]

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National Cross 2015

Yesterday I went to the National Cross on Hampstead Heath to watch thousands of runners do battle with the hills and mud. What became pretty obvious, was that I prefer to be behind the camera than pulling on my spikes and struggling around. I should probably have been running, but I’m really happy with the [...]

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Amba Hotels City of London Mile is GO!

  Last year I was lucky enough, through the business I co-own, to work on the inaugural City of London Mile race – a one mile hurtle around the streets in the Square Mile, starting and finishing in the shadow of St Pauls Cathederal. Now I will come clean and say that I am not [...]

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adidas Boost – the next chapter

When adidas announced Boost as their latest technology, I honestly thought that they were on to something in terms of changing the paradigm. They had created a material that would challenge the ubiquity of EVA as the stuff that was on the bottom of every pair of running shoes (excluding the most minimalist of minimal [...]

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Imagine… passion and profession coming together

Imagine your favourite thing in the whole world. And then someone says ‘here you are, come and do it for a living…’ Now I hope that all the wonderful people who actually read this blog understand that I am reasonably skeptical; open to ideas wherever they come from (and that includes from brands) but always [...]

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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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