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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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Hot dang! An ashmei merino wool product review

Hot dang! An ashmei merino wool product review

Disclaimer – please read this: I want to make it really clear from the very start that as the co-owner of freestak, I work for ashmei supplying social media marketing services. Stuart, the owner of ashmei, was very generous and sent me some ashmei kit to try out and run in. However this blog is [...]

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Training, racing and time on the feet: why slower marathons are as challenging as faster ones.

In the last two weeks, I have run two marathons. That makes it three marathons since 21 April, i.e. five weeks ago. And I have learned from all of them. But the lessons have been very different, certainly between the first marathon and the last two. The first marathon this spring was the London marathon [...]

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Copenhagen marathon 2013: my race review

As you may or may not know, my big target race this spring was the Virgin London Marathon on 21 April. In case you missed it, here is my race report. And after nailing my target I had the opportunity to then go to the Copenhagen marathon with the RunDemCrew and my friend Charlie Dark, [...]

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My review of the 2013 Virgin London Marathon – a case of risk and reward

Going right back to when – and why – I started running in the first place, control was a big issue. I had lost control of my life, with my health, wealth and happiness all seemingly being managed by a greater and more malevolent force than I could muster. So I ran. I ran around [...]

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Race report: The Kingston Breakfast Run 2013

I am really sick and tired of the winter weather this year. I realise that it is stupid to complain about the weather – it certainly is not going to change anything. But I have never known a winter of training like it. It has just been relentlessly cold and either raining of snowing almost [...]

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Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon – the return of the red squirrel

This morning I went to the launch of the Royal Parks Foundation half marathon ballot.  You can register for the ballot here: and there is also an ultra, the details for which are here: The press release from the Royal Parks team is as follows: Sara Lom, Chief Executive of the Royal Parks [...]

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Finally getting to grips with the ‘cross?

I’ll readily admit that I didn’t start out as much of a fan of cross-country when I found running all of seven years ago. In fact I wasn’t much of a fan of running off-road at all. I remember going for long runs along the Regents Canal and cursing as I leapt around like a [...]

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Racing enough or too much?

I don’t think I raced enough in 2012.

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