Valencia Marathon – 01/12/2019

As reported on these pages, as well as in various national and international press publications, 2019 hasn’t entirely gone to plan for Joe Spraggins. Seemingly never-ending waves of viral fatigue, bouts of depression and just a general attitude of can’t be arsed has led to a decline in fitness and results to match. However, the … Continue reading Valencia Marathon – 01/12/2019

Frankfurt marathon – 27/10/19

Frankfurt. The financial centre of Europe, apparently. It was time to go and cash in some of those training chips. Unfortunately, I didn't have many, as alluded to in my post last week. However, this trip was all about the cleverer, prettier and less annoying person in our household - and she'd been working hard … Continue reading Frankfurt marathon – 27/10/19

Challenge Roth – 07/07/2019

Challenge Roth is one of the biggest triathlons in the world. It’s been running since 1984, taking place in the small town of Roth, near Nuremberg, in Germany. Ever since I started triathlon it had been on my bucket list of races to do, and when I got the chance to sign up shortly before … Continue reading Challenge Roth – 07/07/2019

London Marathon – 28/04/2019

Last Sunday I was fortunate enough to line up against (quite far behind) some of the best runners in the world, in my 4th London Marathon. I've said it before, and no doubt I'll say it again - it's the best race in the world. As long as I'm lucky enough to run a time … Continue reading London Marathon – 28/04/2019

Victoria Park 10km/London Marathon preview

Here we go again then. Nearly time for the annual jaunt around the streets of the capital. Without doubt, one of my favourite days of the year and one of the best races on the calendar. Those with excessive time on their hands/jobs they don't really enjoy, can read up on previous editions here; 2015 - … Continue reading Victoria Park 10km/London Marathon preview

Surrey Half – 11/03/2019 (1:30 pacer)

March already? Crikey. Pancake day has gone, colleagues in the office have already given up on their lent targets, and runners everywhere are starting to realise that the spring marathons are just around the corner. Quite unbelievably, someone told me that I needed to blog more. No, it wasn't my Mum, she doesn't count. So … Continue reading Surrey Half – 11/03/2019 (1:30 pacer)

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