Review: ‘The Skid Row Marathon’

Last night, runners of the UK went to the cinema in their masses to see a special screening of Skid Row Marathon. This American film was shown in cinemas across the county on this one day, it’s not on general release. Most of us, I think, had heard about it via the British running podcast…

Falling back in love with the trails

When we moved to Wiltshire, I got super excited about the running there – specifically the trails.  We don’t have a trail system such as you find in the US – an established trail network, well sign-posted, generally decently surfaced. Instead we have hundreds of years of people walking around this wet cold island, establishing…

Race Report: The Fleet Half Marathon

On Sunday, I ran what turned out to be my goal race for this quarter – the Fleet HM. As you may remember, the actual goal was the Annecy HM last week but temperatures soaring into the 20s/late 70s made actually racing that beautiful beast impossible. So I signed up for a HM in the…

Race Report: The Annecy Half Marathon

This past weekend, I finally got to race my goal HM in Annecy in the French Alps. The whole weekend was absolutely nothing like I’d anticipated. Get a cup of a tea and settle back for the tale. The Dream I have always felt that Annecy was my dream town. It’s in France – I…

A change of plans

First of all… THE SUN IS OUT! WINTER IS OVER! MAYBE I WILL STAY IN THIS COUNTRY FOR A LITTLE LONGER! Secondly… …the Annecy Half Marathon is this weekend. I’ve been working my socks off for this beast for 14 weeks now. I’ve done more miles than ever before in my life. I’ve struggled to…

Running in Valencia

A few weeks ago, during yet another cold snap, I threw myself a pity party due to the endless winter and booked flights to anywhere warm. Literally, ANYWHERE. I scanned the destinations on the Ryanair sale and picked Valencia. I knew nothing about Valencia except that it was in Spain, it was on the Med,…

Race recap: The Salisbury 10-miler

A few times in a runner’s lifetime, the race magic really kicks in. I can think of twice before when I’ve felt incredible for the whole race – the Healdsburg Half Marathon and the Ayala Cove trail race. Well yesterday was one of those races when everything feels awesome.Even this morning as I press publish,…

In the footsteps of greatness

Yesterday, I had to be in Oxford at lunchtime. The Dude was at a football camp as it’s the Easter hols so I was free in the morning and I finally got to do something I’d wanted to do for ages – I ran at the track where Sir Roger Bannister first broke the 4-minute…

Annecy HM Training: Wk 11

The winter in this country has been endless. It was fun until Christmas but January to March has been dismal. January was grey and deathly. February promised spring but March was a mess of snow, more snow and now endless rain! It’s all been a bit depressing. I haven’t seen my arms and legs for…

‘Race’ recap: Bushy Park parkrun

I wouldn’t usually write a ‘race recap’ of a parkrun but I did approach this particular run as I would a race, so I thought it merited a post of its own. My training plan called for me to run this as a tempo run. I’d warm up for a couple of miles, run this…