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North Downs Way Marathon | Hermes Running

North Downs Way Marathon

I love the summer so much. I spend the entire winter counting the days until it gets warmer and the mornings get lighter. But I’m beginning to think that when it gets really warm my running suffers. Case in point – The North Downs Way Marathon. Hermes Running Hermes Running North Downs Way Marathon starts from near Reigate Hill Car ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Firenze Marathon Video e Rapporto Gara

Florence Marathon 2015 Firenze

Benvenuti a casa di Michelangelo, la casa di Giotto, e forse più importante della casa di Pinocchio. La Firenze Marathon è un piccolo, grande maratona della città. Con 10000 corridori è più grande di Edimburgo o Manchester maratone, ma non sta cercando di competere con dire Parigi, Londra o Berlino. Si trova molto bene nel mezzo. Prima di iniziare , ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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