The Mourne Mountains Skyline and the tale of the imaginary tow rope

Since taking up entering running races a few years ago January has been my month of searching the internet, randomly picking races to enter, seduced by the words “toughest in the UK” or “one of the top races in the country”.  As I’ve got a bit more experienced I’ve reduced my search criteria, for example… Continue reading The Mourne Mountains Skyline and the tale of the imaginary tow rope

Do what you love

So just over 2 weeks since publishing my book, it’s sold almost 900 copies, had some great reviews, and is topping several best sellers charts on Amazon – amazing, all thanks to taking up a new hobby, being inspired by strangers to challenge myself in races, to then lose every race and to keep on trying.… Continue reading Do what you love

A great year with a frustrating end

 2014 has been great, awesome, fantastic, inspiring, fulfilling – in fact it’s possibly been the best one yet in my 42 years on this planet. I’ve not only achieved so much at home and at work, but i’ve also actually enjoyed achieving this – i know so many high achievers who achieve great things at… Continue reading A great year with a frustrating end

My first “did not finish”

Last Saturday i turned up in London at 8am, cold, tired, and carrying an injury to take part in my second Ultra marathon – a 50km race along the Thames. Leading up to this i was in a dilemma, i was carrying an injury which caused me a lot of pain, but i had also… Continue reading My first “did not finish”

Hayling 10 mile race

Last weekend I completed my latest race, a short 10 miler almost on my doorstep. Given so many other races have involved a reasonable amount of travel, and also were longer distances, i approached this race with complacency – big mistake !

Gosport half marathon – last race of the year !

At the beginning of the year i entered 2 races, the Portsmouth Coastal half held earlier in the year, and the Gosport half marathon held in November.  I entered both as i was new to racing and simply didn’t want to travel very far – both being on my doorstep. These limited plans went out… Continue reading Gosport half marathon – last race of the year !

Stort30 – Do something extra-ordinary

5 weeks ago i was planning my first marathon, the Farnham Pilgrim trail race, which i completed in 3hr51min. I suffered a lot on this, was under-prepared for the step up from half marathons, under-estimated pre-race and during race nutrition, and suffered (as many others do) from cramps (i should have anticipated this before, i get them… Continue reading Stort30 – Do something extra-ordinary