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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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