Big Half marathon – 01/03/20

Two posts in a week! My fingers are smoking from typing so much. The main positive from signing up to some races (apart from getting fitter), is providing more content and opportunity for me to put myself in a compromising or unfortunate situation, which is usually what people find the most entertaining. No pointless pre-amble … Continue reading Big Half marathon – 01/03/20

2019 review – racing/training summary

2019 is already well and truly in the books, but I've been enjoying my Christmas pudding and mince pies far too much, so there's been a short delay in publishing the much anticipated 'how much training and racing does a semi-mediocre 'athlete' do in a year' post. For those of those of you bored at … Continue reading 2019 review – racing/training summary

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

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

Wimbledon 10km – 12/05/2019

It's the one they've all been talking about in the papers. In the final week before the race, the media attention was relentless, with a reporter from the Wandsworth Guardian camped outside our house, hoping for a scoop. He managed to get a photo of Katie taking the bins out in her slippers, before she … Continue reading Wimbledon 10km – 12/05/2019

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

Diss Duathlon – 30/03/2019

Another year, another trip to the flatland's of Norfolk for the highlight of the spring East Anglian duathlon calendar, the Diss Duathlon. Katie and I love going to visit my Nan and Grandad - they put us up, make sure we're extremely well fed, before sending us home with approximately 752 eggs laid by the … Continue reading Diss Duathlon – 30/03/2019

Reading half – 17/03/2019

Running is a funny old game. Full of highs and lows, moments of 'glory' and periods of doubt and uncertainty. Sometimes I find it difficult to switch off and forget that it's not the most important thing in the world, before remembering that I'm just essentially running around in a giant circle, ending up in … Continue reading Reading half – 17/03/2019

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)