Riding the crest of a wave – Mizuno Wave Rider review

When I started running I lacked loyalty to any shoe brand, let alone to any one model. I went into Runners Need in Camden and ended up with a different pair of shoes every time. I actually don’t think this is a bad thing: I think that as my running developed, I probably needed different [...]

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Getting away from it all in the city

Recently I have been seeking out ways to run off-road. Good for the legs and great for the soul! So I have discovered a few routes around my home in London where there is mud, grass and trails beneath ones feet and trees and meadows in front of ones eyes. These urban trails are perfect [...]

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I get knocked down… and then what

Reading about the fall-out from UK Sport’s decisions about funding for the different governing bodies in this country on the BBC website today, I was sad to hear that some sports – handball, basketball, table tennis and wrestling – have lost all of their central funding up to Rio in 2016. The headline news story [...]

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Trump-eting the future for running shops?

I was running a little late as I approached the new Sweatshop concept store, on Trump Street in the City of London, and as I jogged along beside the building towards the grand entrance, I glanced up to the glazed second floor and saw Nick Pearson, Managing Director, talking to a group of very fit [...]

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The weather outside is frightful… which is just great! Nike Elements review.

The weather outside is frightful… which is just great! Nike Elements review.

One of my favourite DVDs is ‘On Thin Ice’, the story of James Cracknell and Ben Fogle racing to the North Pole with Ed Coates, a doctor they chose from hundreds of applicants to join them on the adventure. The story is a bit like an epic A-Team adventure, with a challenge set at the [...]

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St Neots half marathon 2012

There are a few races that feature prominently in the calendar at my running club, the Mornington Chasers. There is the Finchley 20, the Cabbage Patch 10, the London marathon, the club’s 6 race 10km series in Regents Park… and the St Neots half marathon. Until recently I didn’t really understand completely while these races [...]

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A triumphant return

Last week I was the lucky recipient of a new pair of Saucony’s Triumph 10s. This is a shoe I have bought a few times before – it fits in the category of shoes that I call my ‘steady and easy running shoes’ which are the ones that tend to get the most mileage and [...]

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ASICS Gel Lyte 33 review

A while ago, the good people at ASICS invited me to go to Berlin with them for the launch of the new Gel Lyte 33 shoe. Unfortunately work commitments meant that I couldn’t go, but my friend and collaborator Catherine Wilding was able to take my place and enjoy some Germanic hospitality. Her write up [...]

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The heart of the matter

I recently was included in a tweet from a friend looking for advice (by the way, if you’re reading this and we’re not yet connected on twitter please do look me up: @simon_freeman) Any running friends use a heart monitor (polar?)? if not how do u tell wen u r at optimum? I thought about [...]

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Cabbage Patch 10 Miler – race report

This is my race report from the Cabbage Patch 10 Miler (in addition to the review that I wrote for Men’s Running that you can read here). This is an important race in my calendar, as it acts as the Mornington Chasers‘ club championship race – the first man and woman home in each age [...]

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