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Could this be a signal? LVMH (maybe) in talks to buy Rapha

Could this be a signal? LVMH (maybe) in talks to buy Rapha

This post is about signals. Two signals actually. One is the change of this blog from a personal obsession about running a marathon. The other is about how the endurance sports and lifestyle / fashion worlds are colliding. First: changes to this blog When I started this blog (initially posting anonymously as the Red Squirrel) [...]

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Looking at indie sports magazines through the lens of a Monocle

Last week I had the opportunity to do something that I have wanted to do for quite a long time: to see the inside of Midori House, the home of Monocle magazine and Winkreative, two businesses that are headed up by Tyler Brûlé. I actually had the opportunity to meet Tyler many years ago when [...]

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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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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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Back to the start

Back to the start

As I get older I have a growing sense that life loops back on itself over and over again. I suspect that this is because of deeply ingrained habits that mean that no matter how hard we try, we often end up doing the same things over and over again. I also think that if [...]

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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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