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The Virgin Money London Marathon 2014: a personal view

I am increasingly of the opinion that to do something really well – I mean to the absolute best of your ability – you have to focus as much of your energy on it as possible. One hundred percent of your energy if you can. And I don’t just mean physical energy – although focussing [...]

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Guest race report from the Perkins Great Eastern Run, Peterborough (2013) and some thoughts on running a sub 75 minute half marathon

Guest race report from the Perkins Great Eastern Run, Peterborough (2013) and some thoughts on running a sub 75 minute half marathon

In this guest post Jamie Rutherford, friend of the blog and top level runner, writes about his recent run at the Perkins Great Eastern Run half marathon and how that relates to the blog I wrote recently about picking your half marathons carefully, if you want to focus on performance. Take it away, Jamie… _________________________________________________________________________________ [...]

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Guest review: The Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon 2013

Guest review: The Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon 2013

In this post, Peigh, a man of many talents and great wit, who I know through the RunDemCrew, talks about his battles with the pavement and how this years Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon would be an opportunity for redemption. He was ready to exact his revenge on the 13.1 miles of London streets if [...]

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The New York marathon: an Englishman’s view from across the pond and across the years

The New York marathon: an Englishman’s view from across the pond and across the years

My first encounter with the New York marathon was in the period of my life I call ‘before the rebirth’ (I don’t actually call it that, but it sounds dramatic!) which was back when I smoked, did no exercise, drank too much and ate too much. I went to New York with my family for [...]

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TNF UTMB CCC race report

It has been a couple of weeks now since I ran the furthest and for the longest that I have ever done before. It has almost taken me this long to get my head around the whole event and work out what I want to write about it. But before I get into the event, [...]

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Run To The Beat 2013: the future of distance running?

As a runners it is easy to become cynical about new things in running: the latest shoe design or midsole material that promises further or faster; personal trainers growing beyond their weight-loss and fitness remit to start offering marathon training advice; a new GPS device or piece of software to track your progress; big brands [...]

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adidas Thunder Run 2013… the movie!

There is a film about the adidas Thunder Run which I think captures the spirit of the event perfectly. There is even a little cameo from yours truly. If you think that you fancy having a go next year then you can register your interest here and my advice, for what it’s worth, would be [...]

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TR24 adidas Thunder Run: race report for 2013

TR24 adidas Thunder Run: race report for 2013

If someone asked me if I wanted to get involved in a 24-hour relay race, where I would be pushing my physical limits as far as I dared, with a group of complete strangers, miles from home, where I would be camping – but not sleeping – for a couple of days during which we [...]

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La Montagn’Hard Race Report

I’ve been known to DNS a race for a bit of drizzle, but there was no way I could use that excuse for this one. Blazing sunshine was on the cards, and as the race started at 7am, the top bits of the Mont-Blanc massif were already getting pink from the sun. Except for the [...]

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The Lizard peninsula in Cornwall England

The Endurance Life Classic Quarter – a classic case of bad preparation

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