Last week I was priveledged to be taken to Milan for the launch of two new lines in the ASICS extensive running range – some new apparel and a new pair of shoes. You can read my introduction to the launch and now, having had a chance to run properly in the tights and the [...]
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 [...]
Bloomsbury Publishing is possibly most famous for taking a chance on a book that had been rejected by almost every other publisher in the land. It is all about a quiet, shy young boy who came from a difficult background which was full of challenges and who, it turned out, had magical powers allowing him [...]
If you are an athletics fan, then Iffley Road should be a name that evokes a sense of history and greatness, at least in middle distance running, for it was at this stadium, on 6 May 1954, that Sir Roger Bannister, ably supported by Sir Christopher Chataway and Christopher Brasher, broke the seemingly impossible 4 [...]
ASICS is a Japanese brand. This much was emphasised in the presentation I just witnessed at the launch of two new ideas from this heavy-weight running brand in Milan, which was a wonderful, swirling animation all based around origami – the Japanese art of paper folding. But the name ASICS comes from the latin phrase [...]
After the extremely popular guest blog that Kawai wrote about his fantastic race at the ITU World Duathlon Champs, he has kindly put finger to keyboard – in amongst scoffing cake – to write up his experiences of racing for Hong Kong in the ITU Triathlon World Champs. This is a riveting read, so grab [...]
One of the things that I love about running is the simplicity of it – if the weather is kind, all you need is a pair of shoes, a t-shirt, shorts and a pair of socks and you are ready to go. If you want to be really comfortable you could add a cap and [...]
I am happy to admit now that I was pretty nervous about tackling the UTMB CCC with Julie, my wife, a few weeks ago. We were aiming to cover over 100km, with more than 6,000m of vertical ascent, in one go. By foot. Without motorised assistance. Ourselves. However, I am obsessed enough about running to [...]
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, [...]
Kawai – known as Kaz to most – is a great friend, former captain of my running club, the Mornington Chasers, and an all round wonderful chap. So I can forgive him for turning his back on running and being lured by the attractions of multi-sport! Kaz is a hard-working and talented athlete who qualified [...]
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