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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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