Mince Pi Run – 50km – 17/12/2018

Christmas. A time for relaxing, indulging and wading through a freezing cold river crossing 10 times. I've always assumed this was everybody's idea of fun, so I was surprised to only see 200 people hanging around a field just outside Guildford, ready for the 2018 Mince Pi run. Now, before you all start correcting my … Continue reading Mince Pi Run – 50km – 17/12/2018

The Stickler 2018 (10 miles) – 28/10/18

The last few months have all been rather serious. Training plans, watching my waist line, and even this weird thing called 'swimming'. Now Kona 2018 is in the books, it's time to have a bit of fun and enjoy the novelty of not having a schedule to follow, giving me a good mental as well … Continue reading The Stickler 2018 (10 miles) – 28/10/18

South of England cross country championships – 27/01/2018

It's nearly been a month since my last post. I suppose January is never really much of a racing month. It's more of a, grind out the sessions in the dark and cold kinda month. Not glamorous, especially when you've lost some fitness over the Christmas period, but it's always really pleasing when you start … Continue reading South of England cross country championships – 27/01/2018

Dorset Coastal Trail Series – 02/12/2017

You know your partner knows you better than anyone else when, for your birthday, she signs you up to a 16 mile, 5/5 on the difficultly rating scale, off-road trail race with 3,700ft of climbing. Is there any other way to spend a brisk Saturday morning in December? If there is, I haven't found it … Continue reading Dorset Coastal Trail Series – 02/12/2017

Thames Meander half marathon – 04/11/2017

After recovering from Ironman Wales (which was unbelievably 8 weeks ago now), I've cobbled together a training plan to try and run as fast as my little legs will carry me at the Valencia marathon in just under 2 weeks' time. This hasn't taken the form of what you might call 'standard' marathon training; instead … Continue reading Thames Meander half marathon – 04/11/2017

Wimbledon trail series race 2 – 07/06/2017

This one is going to be a quick one (I promise), as there's been far too much blogging been going on recently. Wednesday evening brought with it the 2nd race of 3 in the excellent Wimbledon trail series - a recap of the first one can be found here. After finishing in 5th position in … Continue reading Wimbledon trail series race 2 – 07/06/2017

Wimbledon trail series race 1 – 03/05/2017

Recovery post-London has been much better than I could've ever expected. A small amount of soreness on the Monday/Tuesday but I still managed some gentle running, and by Thursday I was raring to go again, but did the sensible thing and kept it nice and easy for the rest of the week. A 'lads' trip … Continue reading Wimbledon trail series race 1 – 03/05/2017

Southern cross country championships – 28/01/17

Reading my report from this race last year, I've pulled out the following extract; 'I crossed the line and immediately tried to suck in as much air as physically possible. What an absolute beast of a race. I couldn’t remember the last time I’d had to work as hard as that.' My strava activity from … Continue reading Southern cross country championships – 28/01/17

2016 training summary

Quite unbelievably, this blog has now been running for over 3 years, and the little stats page tells me that people are still reading it (well at least opening the page and getting through the first paragraph or so before going back to browsing Facebook). At the end of each year I've done a little … Continue reading 2016 training summary

Surrey league cross country – Division 1, Match 1 (Richmond Park) – 15/10/16

Summer is over, and cross country season is here. For most people, both of these statements are very bad news (especially the smokers at school who'd be forced into a few laps around the woods once a year), but for some runners, the first race is something akin to Christmas, New Year and Easter all coming … Continue reading Surrey league cross country – Division 1, Match 1 (Richmond Park) – 15/10/16