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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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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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Brighton and Hove Triathlon

Brighton and Hove Triathlon 2016

I love triathlons. I love them soooooo much. I really, really do. Did I mention that I also love triathlons? They are super and lovely and excellent. This year I’ve done 4 so far and I have one more to go. My fourth triathlon of 2016 was the inaugural Brighton and Hove Triathlon. Wow, what an event. Brand New Triathlon ...

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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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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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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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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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Wedding Anniversary

November 11th is our wedding anniversary and also my birthday. We managed to palm the children off on Victoria’s mum for a night and spent it at the Thistle Hotel in Brighton. We spent most of our evening and morning in the pool and sauna! Very nice. The Thistle is right next to the registry office where we married last ...

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Two Limping Parents

It has been rather a comic household of late as both Victoria and I have been limping pathetically around. Victoria’s leg continues to improve after her knee operation. We went to the Nuffield Hospital yesterday to see Mr Chauhan who said she can now remove her leg brace. She still walks with a limp but she can bend her knee ...

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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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Liverpool

Following our two days at Alton Towers, Hal, Jev, Elsa, Ellis and I made our way up to Liverpool to stay with my mum. Went to visit Uncle Derek and Aunty Pauline on Wednesday. I told Derek that I was to run the Paris Marathon on April 15th and he informed me that I have to beat 3 hours 26 ...

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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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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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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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