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Round the Rock | Jersey Ultra

I like elevation, I do. The monotony of continual flat running, for anything over marathon distance, is a mental challenge to which I rarely look forward. So I lean towards races with some climbing. This breaks up the run and forces you to walk giving you natural rests in between efforts. The problem with Round the Rock on Jersey, as ...

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Serpent Trail 100km | South Downs Country Park

Serpent Trail 100k Race

Getting up at 3am is never fun or easy. Honestly, when I look at some people on my Strava account and see that they’ve already finished their training session by 6am, I am amazed. I can only just muster enough gusto to climb out of bed early for a race. You will rarely find me doing it merely for training! ...

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South Downs Way 100 | A Nightmare from Start to Finish

It would be wrong to say I know nothing about what it’s like to DNF in a race. Last year I took on my first and only full distance triathlon, the Bastion at Hever Castle. I couldn’t finish, partly because I had two punctures on the bike section and missed the cut off as a result, but mainly because I ...

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Transvulcania Ultra 2017 | A Procession of Stars

Transvulcania Ultra 2017

I stood at Roque de Los Muchachos, 2400 metres above sea level, the highest point in La Palma, and the highest point of the Transvulcania Ultra. Clouds far below me, stunning scenery all around me. ”Legs don’t fail me now” I whispered to myself, as I started the 20km descent to Tazacorte. Transvulcania Ultra 2016 See, last year’s was a ...

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Guernsey Ultra | GU36

Guernsey Ultra GU36

Until recently, I had never been to any of the Channel Islands. So when new Race Director, Peter Tiffin, asked me over to film up and coming race, the Guernsey Ultra or GU36, I absolutely jumped at the opportunity. Ferry From Poole As you might have guessed, the Guernsey Ultra is a 36 mile race around the entire coast of ...

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Paris Marathon 2017

Paris Marathon 2017

Six times I’ve towed the start line of the Paris Marathon. Six times I have walked down the Champs Elysees at 8am with 26.2 miles ahead of me and 40000 other runners around me. I love it. I’ve not done any race as many times. London Marathon three times, Brighton Half Marathon four times. Almost every year, the sun shines ...

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Jurassic Coast Challenge | Three Marathons in Three Days

Jurassic Coast Challenge 2017

“It’s not a race, it’s a challenge” said Ben as he delivered the race briefing to the numerous bleary eyed runners gathered inside Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy. Ben is part of VOTWO Events who, for over 10 years now, have organised the Jurassic Coast Challenge. Three marathons over three days along the stunning Dorset coastline, famous for its dinosaur ...

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Brighton Half Marathon | Too Short for 3 Years

Brighton Half Marathon 2017

It’s two years since I last ran the Brighton Half Marathon. In 2015 I ran 6 minutes faster than I ever had before and finished in 1:27. Last year I ran the Half Marathon World Championships race in Cardiff and managed to improve again, coming in at 1:25. This year, having not long completed the Arc of Attrition 100 mile ...

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Arc of Attrition

Arc of Attrition 2017

Arc of Attrition – Remember when we were kids in the 70s and our parents would drive us down the M5 to Cornwall with the rest of the UK population, for the summer holidays? After sitting in stationary traffic on the motorway outside Exeter for the first few days, we would finally arrive at the campsite or rented cottage and ...

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Zwift Marathon

Zwift Running First Marathon

What? You’ve never heard of Zwift? Where have you been for the past 2 years? Zwift Running is the new module on the primarily cycling platform that is Zwift. I wanted to run a marathon on Zwift because no one else had done and I thought it might be fun. So I did. Back in February 2015, I signed up ...

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Wendover Woods 50 | Centurion Running

Wendover Woods

By now, if you are a regular reader of the Film My Run race reports, you will be well aware that I picked up a bit of an injury towards the end of the summer. Since returning, I have completed the Beachy Head Marathon and the Thames Meander Marathon. For some reason, I did perfectly well at the very tough, ...

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Thames Meander Marathon

Thames Meander Marathon

That’s it. Winter has arrived and the summer is definitely over. It was freezing when I arrived in Kingston upon Thames for the Thames Meander Marathon. 26.2 miles along the Thames Path through Barnes and Mortlake. Kingston on Thames Organised by Hermes Running, there is also a half marathon option which follows much of the same route. The sports centre ...

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Beachy Head Marathon

Beachy Head Marathon 2016

I’m not fit. I really should not be running the Beachy Head Marathon 2016 having had virtually no training for 5 weeks. This is a ridiculous idea. Furthermore, this is not any old marathon we’re talking about. Beachy Head Marathon has over 1000 metres of elevation with the final six miles climbing over the Seven Sisters. Still, the prospect of ...

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Bright10 | 10 Mile Road Race 2016

Being injured is no fun. Especially when your wife hijacks your running club and steals your weekly running slots for herself. Having fallen off my bike in dramatic fashion at the Gauntlet Half Iron Distance Triathlon a few weeks before, I was on the way to recovery but still not in a fit state to race. So it was that ...

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Bath Running Festival 2016

Bath Running Festival

After running the South Downs Way 100 at the beginning of June, by mid-July I realised I hadn’t actually run a marathon for quite some time. I was supposed to run a marathon at the end of the Bastion Full Triathlon, but of course, I didn’t finish that race. So, as a training run, on July 18th I did the ...

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Vanguard Way Marathon

Vanguard Way Marathon 2016

It’s sometimes good to be injured because the time you might normally spend racing or training can be devoted to other things. Recently, I crashed my bike during The Gauntlet Half Iron Distance Triathlon at Hever Castle. I broke my rib which means that today, instead of running the lovely Downs Link Ultra, as I did last year, I am ...

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Grim Reaper Ultra 2016 or Joint Winners

Grim Reaper Ultra 2016

A year ago, Richard and I took part in the Grim Reaper Ultra 70 mile race. It was a step up for us. We had run the Brecon Beacons Ultra in 2014, which was 46 miles but we didn’t feel ready to make the leap to a 100 mile race. I mean it’s a hundred miles for goodness sake. So ...

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Bewl 15 or Is this a mid-life crisis?

Bewl 15 - Wadhurst Runners 2016

Bewl 15? 15 what? Miles? Hang on so, it’s further than a half marathon and it’s not as far as a marathon? Fifteen miles? Who’s idea was that? You know if it was 2 miles shorter I could say I’ve done another half marathon. What can I say after this? Uurrr, I’ve done another running race of specific yet incomparable ...

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South Downs Way 100 – Centurion Running

South Downs Way 100

“One hundred miles??? You ran a hundred miles? How do you even DO that?” is the way my son’s school teacher reacted when I told her I’d run the South Downs Way 100 over the weekend. She didn’t ask, I just told her because I’m a runner and that’s what we do. We love it don’t we? You know, that ...

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Arun River Marathon or Transvulcania Legs

Arun River Marathon 2016

I sat in Costa Coffee on Saturday 16th May 2015, sipping my Medium Latte and contemplating my strategy for the Arun River Marathon the next day. A mild buzz in my pocket alerted me to an almost certainly vital message on my phone. Having efficiently dealt with said message I began scrolling through Facebook posts. Some of which read as ...

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Transvulcania Ultra or Poles? We don’t Need Poles

Transvulcania Ultra 2016

If you’re going to put yourself through hell, you might as well do it in heaven, eh? When I took part in my first race back in 2010, at the age of 40, I thought running might become a nice hobby to keep me fit. But if completing the Transvulcania Ultra has proved one thing, it’s that running is no ...

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Wickham Whistler or I’ve got a Mouthful of Fudge

Wickham Whistler

Normally at this time of year, runners in the West Sussex area are gearing up for the Three Forts Challenge, which incorporates both a 28 mile trail race and a half marathon over the South Downs past Chanctonbury Ring, Cissbury Ring and Devils Dyke. I filmed it last year in horrendous conditions and you can watch that video here. So ...

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London Marathon 2016 – The Perfect Race

London Marathon 2016

London, London, London, London. What can be said about the London Marathon that hasn’t already been said? Arguably the greatest marathon in the world. Certainly New York might have something to say about that, but still. You cannot help but be inspired and motivated and moved every year. Since I was a child I have watched it on the TV. ...

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South Downs Way 50

South Downs Way 50

The South Downs Way 50 was just another race in a long line of races so far in 2016. Last weekend I ran the Paris Marathon, the weekend before that was the World Half Marathon Championships in Cardiff. The week before that I ran the CTS Endurance Life Ultra in Eastbourne, before that, the Larmer Tree Marathon, Steyning Stinger Marathon, ...

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Paris Marathon 2016

Paris Marathon 2016

Five times I have crossed the channel to run the Paris Marathon. It is without doubt one of the best marathons in the world. Ok, I’ve not done that many but, honestly it’s got to be right up there. Many consider the London Marathon to be one of the best and in many ways, Paris beats London hands down. Of ...

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Cardiff World Half Marathon Championships

Cardiff World Half Marathon Championships

The Cardiff World Half Marathon Championships was supposed to be my wife’s time to shine. It was to be her first half marathon and we were going to get her round in under 2 hours. However, it wasn’t to be. Poorly Victoria A couple of weeks before the race Victoria started to feel unwell. When it hadn’t cleared up after ...

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Endurance Life CTS Sussex or I CAN Cross the Road by Myself

Endurance Life CTS Sussex

This was my first experience of an Endurance Life Coastal Trail Series event. The Endurance Life CTS Sussex consisted of a 10k race, a half marathon, a marathon and an ultra. Richard and I obviously decided to kill ourselves and run the ultra. Around 6000ft of climbing through the Seven Sisters Country Park from Birling Gap, to the Cuckmere Valley, ...

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Larmer Tree Marathon

Larmer Tree Marathon 2016

Peacocks, parrots, Christmas Tree men, hills, mud, stunning views, motorcycles, sunshine, woodland and the tallest folly in the UK. The Larmer Tree Marathon pretty much has it all, save for a distinct lack of llamas. What’s going on? I have suggested it be renamed The Peacock Marathon but this has yet to be ratified by any statutory body. Parrots and ...

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Steyning Stinger Marathon

Steyning Stinger Marathon

During last year’s Steyning Stinger Marathon, I filmed a documentary called ‘How to Run a Trail Marathon’. Which you can see here. Consequently my finish time was around 4 hours 45 minutes. My second slowest marathon to date. The Steyning Stinger is not an easy trail race and it deserves some respect. It also deserves to be given a good ...

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Heartbreaker Marathon

Heartbreaker Marathon

Why do we love Steve Way so much? Why don’t we love Scott Overall or Chris Thompson as much? Sure we love Mo Farah but with Steve it’s different. Perhaps it’s because we watch him run the London Marathon and represent the England at the Commonwealth Games and run in the World 100km Championships and then the next week he’s ...

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Thames Trot 50

Thames Trot 50

50 miles? Easy. I can run 50 miles with my eyes closed and my legs tied together.  How do I know? Because I completed the Thames Trot 50 2016. Not only that but, given the conditions, I didn’t feel like death at the end. Tough race you ask? No, no, no, no, nooooo, no, urm, yes. On Any Other Day ...

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Fowlmead Challenge

The Fowlmead Challenge is a 6 hour timed event. Run as far as you can or as far as you want in 6 hours round a loop of the Betteshanger Country Park in Kent. Horrendous Weather We got out of the car, after a good two hour drive from Worthing, into freezing rain and a battering wind. ‘Why the hell ...

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Dark Star Marathon 2016

Dark Star Marathon 2016

You have never seen so much mud in your life. Such was one runner heard to say at the end of The Dark Star Marathon 2016. Now if I’m pushed, it’s not the wettest or muddiest trail race I’ve ever done, but it comes very close. I think Steyning Stinger was possibly worse. Sussex Trail Events The Dark Star Marathon ...

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Phoenix Year End Marathon 2015

Phoenix Year End Marathon 2015

The Phoenix Year End Marathon 2015 was organised by Rik Vercoe and the team at Phoenix Running. It’s an out and back race along the Thames Path, consisting of four laps of just over 10k between Walton and Hampton Court. Richard and I ran it last year and really enjoyed it. To Film or Not to Film I didn’t film ...

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Portsmouth Harbour 50k Ultra

Portsmouth Harbour 50k Ultra

It’s so much warmer this year. Last year I was wrapped up with my gloves and a buff and jacket for the Portsmouth Coastal Waterside Marathon . This year we arrived for the inaugural Portsmouth Harbour 50k with the temperature a good 10 degrees warmer. Family Day Out The forecast was for it to be overcast all morning and I ...

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Florence Marathon 2015, Firenze, Italy

Florence Marathon 2015 Firenze

Welcome to the home of Michelangelo, the home of Giotto, and perhaps most importantly the home of Pinocchio. The Florence Marathon is a small, big city marathon. With 10000 runners it’s bigger than Edinburgh or Manchester marathons but isn’t trying to compete with say Paris, London or Berlin. It sits very nicely in the middle. Tourist Things My running buddy ...

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Beachy Head Marathon 2015

Beachy Head Marathon 2015

Tell me you love hills. You do don’t you. Because if you are ever going to run the Beachy Head Marathon you are going to have to get used to them. Beachy Head Marathon 2015 was my second attempt at conquering the South Downs and the Seven Sisters. Fat Adapting Last year I bonked, badly. I have one excuse. I ...

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Uk Trail Running Championships – Stort30

UK Trail Running Championships - Stort30

The UK Trail Running Championships Stort30 is a 30 mile race, which is around 48km in new money. It just scrapes into the ultra category as far as I am concerned. The course runs 15 Miles out from Bishops Stortford along the River Stort and back again. Back to Back Marathons Having run the Beachy Head Marathon the day before, ...

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Downs Link Ultra 2015 – 38 Miles

Downs Link Ultra 2015

The Downs Link Ultra is a 38 mile race from the top of Martha’s Hill, near Guildford in Surrey, to Shoreham-by-Sea in West Sussex. Apart from the start it is pretty flat through the whole 61 kilometres. Downs Link Ultra The Downs Link Ultra is so called because the route uses the footpaths and trails which link the North Downs ...

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High Weald Challenge – 50k Ultra Trail Race

High Weald Challenge 2015

High Weald Challenge 2015 – Having struggled a little with the Purbeck Marathon the week before I was a little pensive heading in to the High Weald Challenge, a 50k Ultra through Ashdown Forest in East Sussex. The hills would certainly not be as difficult but the distance might prove my undoing. Lazy August It’s interesting looking at my Strava ...

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Purbeck Marathon 2015

Purbeck Marathon 2015

The Purbeck Marathon claims to be one of the most scenic marathons in the world. I can say now, without question, that it is the most scenic l have ever done. Jurassic Coast It is set in the beautiful county of Dorset in the South West of the UK. This area is known as the Jurassic Coast because the exposed ...

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Salisbury 54321 50k Ultra

Salisbury 54321 50k Ultra

The Salisbury 54321 50k Ultra was to be my fourth ultra distance, following the Longman and Brecon Beacons Ultras last year and the Grim Reaper 70 miler 8 days before. Salisbury 54321 50k It is set in the mythical county of Wessex starting and finishing on the green beside Salisbury fire station. I was under the impression that the reason ...

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Grim Reaper Ultra 2015 – Race Report and Video

Grim Reaper Ultra 2015 70 Mile Race 2015

Before the Grim Reaper Ultra 2015, Richard and I had previously only run two ultra distance races. Last year we ran the Longman Ultra, a 33 mile race along the South Downs Way, and the Brecon Beacons Ultra, 46 miles over the famous Welsh hills. Why we thought this qualified us to take on 70 miles is anybody’s guess. Still ...

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Dorset Invader Marathon

Dorset Invader Marathon

Three weeks prior to the Dorset Invader Marathon, Film My Run was in the pretty village of Sidling St. Nicholas, to the run the now iconic Giant’s Head Marathon. This was voted Best Marathon in the UK by readers of Runners World magazine in 2015. My film of the event prompted the Race Director Andy Palmer to invite us back ...

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Giants Head Marathon

Giants Head Marathon

Was the Giants Head Marathon actually a marathon or an ultra in disguise? I don’t know about you but one thing that amuses a lot of seasoned runners is when they tell someone they’ve just run a marathon and the person replies with ‘Wow, how far was it?’. How Far Is A Marathon? A few weeks back I took part ...

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South Downs Half Marathon

South Downs Half Marathon

Back in February 2015 I drove to the Queen Elizabeth Country Park to run the 21 mile Meon Valley Plod. The South Downs Half Marathon starts in almost exactly the same place, at the foot of Butser Hill near Petersfield in Hampshire. The big difference between this and my previous visit was the weather. I suppose you might expect that ...

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Viking Coastal Marathon Kent

Viking Coastal Marathon Kent

There are few races in a year when everything comes together and works as planned. The Viking Coastal Marathon was to be one of those. I had had two months of solid marathon running starting with the Paris Marathon at the beginning of April when I achieved a PB of 3 hours 16 minutes, but missed my goal time of ...

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Mid Sussex Triathlon 2015

Mid Sussex Triathlon 2015

On Sunday June 14th I made my way to the Triangle Leisure Centre at Burgess Hill, West Sussex to take part in the Mid Sussex Triathlon, organised by the Mid Sussex Triathlon Club. First Triathlon It was to be my first triathlon and I had no intention of filming it. However, at the last minute, with no real plan, I ...

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Windsor Trail Half Marathon

Royal Windsor Trail Half Marathon

It felt like the first day of summer for the Royal Windsor Trail Half Marathon. I had driven up early on Sunday morning from the south coast to the pretty town of Windsor, on the banks of the Thames and famous of course for Windsor Castle. Perfect Location It really was a gorgeous morning and I was very pleased to ...

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Richmond Park Marathon

Richmond Park Marathon 2015

I had never planned to run the Richmond Park Marathon. It was never in my race calendar and I’d never even heard of it until the day before I ran it. I think I have been to Richmond Park once many years ago. So how and why, I hear you ask, did I come come be in one of London’s ...

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Virgin Money London Marathon 2015

Virgin Money London Marathon 2015

The Virgin Money London Marathon 2015 was my 15th marathon and ultra. In relative terms, I have not been a runner for very long. Sure, I ran at school and very occasionally as an adult I would get the shorts on and run a couple of miles. But it wasn’t until 2010 at the age of 40 that I really ...

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Paris Marathon 2015

Paris Marathon 2015

The Paris Marathon 2015 was to be my fourth Paris Marathon and I was determined it would be my fastest. I began in 2012 with a 3:43 finish. In 2013 I achieved my goal of sub 3:30 coming in at 3:28. Things went very wrong in 2014 when a lack of dedicated training and a slight injury over the winter ...

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Surrey Spitfire 20 Mile Race

Surrey Spitfire 20 Mile Race

The Top Gear track, the Top Gear track!!!! I’m going be running on the Top Gear Track! How cool. Plus, it’ll be a nice flat race, you know, being on an airfield. Brilliant. Such was my thinking ahead of the Surrey Spitfire 20 mile race. I was initially very excited to be running this race. Then Richard, my race partner, realised ...

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Meon Valley Plod

Meon Valley Plod 2015

The training for this year’s Paris and London marathons continues. This week, I travelled to Portsmouth….on my own again…to take part in the Meon Valley Plod, organised by Portsmouth Joggers. It’s a 21 mile race over the South Downs with hills round every corner. Last year I was accompanied by club mates Grant and Scott. This year Grant was unwell, ...

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Steyning Stinger

Steyning Stinger 2015

With my running wife, Richard, out injured I ventured to the small village of Steyning in West Sussex on my own for the Steyning Stinger Marathon 2015. It was to be my first experience of this marathon which is quite revered in these parts as being a very tough race. Training for Paris and London I am currently training hard ...

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Brighton Half Marathon 2015

Brighton Half Marathon 2015

Brighton Half Marathon is a regular fixture on my race list, although Brighton Half Marathon 2015 would be my first for a couple of years as I missed 2014 through injury. The race has had it’s problems in the past. One year, the course was set out incorrectly and everyone ran half a mile extra. I remember all the watches ...

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How to Run a Trail Marathon

How to Run a Trail Marathon

How to Run A Trail Marathon I recently ran the Steyning Stinger trail marathon in West Sussex. Whilst running I filmed a documentary entitled How to Run A Trail Marathon. It’s a very basic guide for beginners. You can watch the film here, or you can read the script below, which I stuck to for the most part! Starting out ...

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Dark Star River Marathon

Dark Star River Marathon 2015

28.2 miles? Twenty eight miles? Did you say the Dark Star River Marathon is twenty EIGHT miles? Can you call that a marathon? Is that actually legal? A marathon is 26.2 not 28.2 surely. I mean you can’t even call it an ultra for heaven’s sake! Or if you did you’d be laughed off the trail. A 28 Mile Marathon? ...

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Ten Awful Things About Running

awful things about running

Here are ten awful things about running. If you are considering taking up running or joining a running club, please let this be a warning to you. Don’t have nightmares, just be mindful that these things will happen to you at some stage. If you are put off it’s probably for the best. If you’d like ten reasons why you should run you could ...

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Phoenix Year End Marathon

Phoenix Year End Marathon

I was convinced that I had run my last marathon of 2014 but the Phoenix Year End Marathon was an unexpected last minute treat. This is my race report and review. I ran Portsmouth Coastal Marathon last weekend and did ok. 3 hours 35 minutes was my fastest time of the year and I was happy with that. You can ...

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Portsmouth Coastal Waterside Marathon

Portsmouth Coastal Waterside Marathon - Medals

Another day, another marathon as my wife put it yesterday. We were up very early to travel to Portsmouth for the 2014 Coastal Marathon. Portsmouth Coastal Waterside Marathon is a flat, multi-terrain marathon starting on the seafront at Southsea and running out and back to Hayling Island. Elsa and Ellis came along and we met Richard, Tanya and Leia when ...

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Hayling Island 10 Mile Race

Hayling Island 10 Mile Race

Yesterday I ran the Hayling Island 10 mile race. I seem to be incredibly lucky with race day weather recently. It was a gorgeous, crisp, bright morning as Richard and I set off towards Portsmouth. Dirty Running Kit Having not raced the Hayling Island 10 mile race before we left rather earlier than we perhaps needed to. Just as well ...

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Brecon Beacons Ultra 2014

Brecon Beacons Ultra 2014

It was only three years ago that I ran my first marathon, in Paris in 2012. If you had asked me then if I could run a 46 mile ultra marathon over the Welsh hills, I would have laughed and told you to….well I can’t say what I might have said. Longman Ultra Earlier this year a friend at running ...

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Beachy Head Marathon 2014

Beachy Head Marathon 2014

Beachy Head Marathon 2014 was marathon number 8 for me in total and number 6 this year! I don’t know what’s happened but this year I seem to have gone a bit mad with the marathons. Partly due to the influence of my friend Richard who joined the Harriers club last year and has not stopped running since. Beachy Head ...

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Lisbon Marathon 2014 – Maratona de Lisboa

Lisbon Marathon 2014

Having raced in two road marathons and two trail marathons this year you would think I should be getting the hang of this running lark. But the Lisbon Marathon at the beginning of October was to become yet another lesson in how running is a sport affected by so many variables that it can be almost impossible predict how you ...

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Longman Ultra – Race Report

Longman Ultra

My first ultra distance! Sometime ago, my friend Richard asked if I’d like to run an ultra with him. My response was not dissimilar to “Heavens man, what are you thinking? Good Lord no.” Actually it was quite dissimilar to that, but you get the idea. However, as time passed over the summer I mellowed a little and even began to ...

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Milton Keynes Marathon

Having imploded at the Paris Marathon last month, I almost immediately decided that I was not going to wait for a whole year for another crack at beating my marathon PB. Although I knew I wasn’t fit, I was disappointed with my time in Paris. So I searched for a marathon I could enter to have another go. I came ...

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Paris Marathon 2014 – Running out of Time

Paris Marathon 2014

If running has taught me anything, it’s that nothing is a given and you have to work for what you get. It may have taught me other things too. It may also have re-taught me stuff I already knew but had forgotten. Anyhooo, the Paris Marathon 2014 was a race in which I had planned to do really well. I ...

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Eastbourne Half Marathon 2014

Eastbourne Half Marathon 2014

After three weeks out injured, following the Meon Valley 21 miler, I was back and ready to start training again for the up-coming Paris Marathon. The Eastbourne Half Marathon was one of two warm up races and a race I have done twice before in 2012 and 2013. In fact the 2012 race is currently my half marathon PB course. ...

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Two more PBs…not

It’s been another busy running week, much to my wife’s chagrin and mine to a degree. I have run three races and have ended with a sense of mild disappointment! On Wednesday 5th June I ran my first Worthing 10k. Having beaten my PB by some 3 minutes in the Bognor 10k I wanted to knock a few more seconds ...

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Ten reasons to join a running club

Join a running Club

1. Train Harder Training for a marathon, or any race, is tough and if you want to get good, you need to train harder. Join a running club and you’ll be pushed out of your comfort zone. You’ll run faster, for longer, than you ever would have on your own. 2. Motivation When it’s cold and wet outside it’s easy ...

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Two PBs in two days

It’s been my best running weekend ever, certainly in terms of personal bests. Two in two days. On Saturday I headed to Hove Park to take part in parkrun, as I do most Saturday mornings. If you haven’t heard of parkrun, head over to parkrun.org.uk. It’s a free 5k timed run for everyone. You register on the website, print out ...

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Paris Marathon 2013

Paris Marathon 2013

At 43 years old, I am now the proud owner of not one, but two Paris Marathon finishers medals. On April 15th 2012 I completed my first marathon in 3 hours 43 minutes, the story of which is HERE. This is the story of my Paris Marathon 2013. Marathon Plan I returned with a plan to run under 3 hours ...

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Worthing 20 Mile Race

Worthing 20 Mile Race

Paris Marathon training continues. On Sunday 10th March I took part in the Worthing 20 Mile Race. Last year I ran in the same event and it was a bit of a disaster. It was the event which convinced me that my stomach doesn’t like gels. I had decided to take a gel every 5 miles, something I had never ...

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Eastbourne Half Marathon 2013

Four weeks to go before my goal race, the Paris Marathon, and the training races are coming thick and fast. Worthing Lido 4m, Chichester 10k, Brighton Half Marathon and this weekend I completed the Eastbourne Half Marathon 2013. Last year, Victoria and the children came along but, because of swimming lessons, they weren’t able to come, leaving me transportless. Is ...

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Chichester 10k

Yesterday was rather a crazy running day. After taking Elsa and Ellis to their swimming lesson early in the morning, we then drove to Chichester for my first Priory 10k race. My last 10k, in Brighton, took me 49 minutes because I was recovering from sciatica. I’m still not quite right as I think I have another injury in my ...

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Brighton Brooks 10k

I am slowly recovering from injury. About 7 weeks ago I suffered a serious bout of Sciatica. The pain in my back quickly subsided, but I have had residual leg pain with numbness and tingling ever since. In the past 3 weeks I have found I am able to run again to some degree and today I completed the Brighton ...

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The Great North Run

What a busy weekend. I foolishly agreed to photograph a wedding in Worthing on the Saturday before the Great North Run. I was still photographing the first dance at 8:30pm. I should really have stayed at home but at 9pm I set off on the 380 mile journey to South Shields. I don’t think I have ever driven so fast ...

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Fitness level

My fitness level has really dropped off this past month following two bouts of illness. No sooner had I recovered from a cold which had lasted about three weeks, I succumbed to a virus and was full of headcold, headache and general malaise for another 5 days. I ran parkrun in Brighton two weeks ago in 20:30 which is a ...

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Triathlon Day

Yesterday by chance I was able to complete all three Triathlon disciplines in one day. First thing Saturday morning I competed in my usual Brighton and Hove parkrun. Last week I beat my PB by 10 seconds and finished the 5k in 19:25. This week I missed it by 2 seconds coming in at 19:27. Still, I don’t feel too ...

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Paris Marathon 2012

Paris Marathon 2012

I have completed my first marathon! I ran the very well attended Paris Marathon 2012 on Sunday April 15th. There were around 35,000 runners and, contrary to what I had thought, it was really well supported. Lots of crowds lining the streets. Paris Marathon 2012 I had a plan in mind, which was to try and run as close to ...

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Disappointing 20 Miles

Completed a very disappointing first Worthing 20 mile race on Sunday (Mothers Day). Planned to run in 2:40:00 to beat my PB by 3 minutes. However, for some reason, I decided I needed more energy gels than I have ever used before. Along with the energy drinks being handed out as well, I actually overdosed on the stuff and rather ...

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Eastbourne Half Marathon 2012

Managed to run a personal best at the Eastbourne Half Marathon 2012 on Sunday. There is a huge hill on the course up to Beachy Head but as slow as it is running up it’s equally as fast running back down. Completed the course in 1:36:05 in 172nd place. Had to leave Worthing at 8am to get Hallum and Jevan ...

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Brighton Half Marathon

Brighton Half Marathon

Ran my first Brighton Half Marathon yesterday. It was a beautiful day. It started out cold at 7:30 when we left Worthing but had warmed up significantly by the start. Poor Organisation Unfortunately, Elsa is unwell at the moment and Ellis was having a grumpy day, so I don’t think Victoria enjoyed herself very much. With hindsight it might have ...

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16 Miles today

I am now ramping up the training for upcoming races. I ran 15 miles 8 days ago and 16 miles this morning and feel pretty good. That’s along with my regular 5k parkrun race every Saturday. There was a heavy head wind along Worthing seafront which slowed me a little, not that I was trying to run fast. Did 16 ...

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Training in the Cold

Bloody hell it’s cold out there. I really had to motivate myself yesterday to get out and run. Currently I am in training for the Brighton Half Marathon in February, the Sport Relief Mile in March (I think) and the Paris Marathon in April. In addition to that I continue to try and improve my parkrun PB. I have managed ...

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Brighton 10k

This Sunday I ran the Brighton 10k in a time of 42:44. I had been hoping to run it in around 40 minutes but I made three important miscalculations! Firstly, I had for some reason decided that 10k is the same as 6 miles and I have been training at 6 mile distances for ages. Consequently the splits and times ...

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Great South Run

Yesterday I ran 10 miles in 1 hour 12 minutes and 38 seconds. It’s my fastest time for 10 miles and, although I was aiming for 1 hour 10 minutes, I am very happy. The killer was turning a corner at 8 miles and heading in to the wind for the final two. Usually when I run 10 miles along ...

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Under 20 minutes for 5k

Finally managed to break 20 minutes for 5k round Hove park, Brighton at parkrun. It’s a good start to the weekend. Took Elsa swimming and then we have friends over this afternoon. Tomorrow is the Great South Run in Portsmouth. If I can just keep up the pace I’ll hope to get round in just over 1 hour 10 minutes. ...

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Running Paris and Portsmouth

I am continuing with my running and fundraising. I have four races coming up over the next few months and raising money in two of them. The Great South Run will be on Channel 5 TV this coming Sunday. It’s a 10 mile run round Portsmouth and Southsea. I’m hoping to do it in 1:10:00, but we’ll see. I’m raising ...

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Graduation and Bristol Half Marathon

What a good weekend. Saturday morning we set out for Portsmouth for my graduation ceremony. My mum, Victoria’s mum, my brother Simon, Ellis, Elsa, Victoria and me. The ceremony was held at The Guildhall. Wearing robes immediately gives one a sense of superiority! Had my photo taken after waiting in a looooong queue. Victoria tells me they all cheered as ...

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Another great week with Hal and Jev

Apart from missing Victoria and the children more and more as the weeks have progressed, I have had a fantastic time with Hallum and Jevan. After a week in Liverpool I had a few days on my own at home, which I used to tidy. We have new sofas in the lounge which arrived on Wednesday morning (24/08/11), so the ...

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Running and Ellis Smiles

I don’t know what’s come over me recently. I think I am worried about middle-age spread. I am running an awful lot lately. This month so far I have run around 50 miles. I am also getting faster. Yesterday I ran 5km in 21:36. Last month it was taking me 24 minutes to do the same distance. I have also ...

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Looking for a new job

It’s July. Victoria is on maternity leave looking after Ellis and Elsa. I am still working just two days a week at Boots in Hove. However, I am about to get a degree and I’ve decided to try and get a graduate job…whatever that is. I am registering with various recruitment agencies and scouring The Guardian for jobs. I have ...

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Royal Wedding and running

The wedding of William and Kate took place a couple of weeks ago. I had to work but there was a street party on our road. Victoria decided not to attend once she eyed up the other party goers. She thought we wouldn’t fit in and I agreed once I arrived home. Bit too chavvy for us. So that happened ...

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Jogging

Many people have Sunday as a lazy stay at home day, but there’s nothing for me to stay at home for. I decide I can’t sit moping about all day and so I get up and go for a run!! I have this new app on my iPhone which tracks my movement over GPS and I want to try it ...

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