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

Cape Peninsula Half Marathon – 16/02/20

Good morning/afternoon sports fans. Yet another slightly longer gap between posts. Not me being lazy this time, just no real races of note to report on, and nobody wants to hear 'I ran x miles on Monday followed by swimming x miles on Tuesday etc etc' - people only read to hear about me making … Continue reading Cape Peninsula Half Marathon – 16/02/20

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

Ride London – 04/08/2019

This weekend saw a return to 'racing', with SS Flat Cap sailing east at an ungodly hour on Sunday morning to take part in Ride London for the 2nd time (2015 report). As my ship is completely rudderless at the moment, after Paul Burton jumped overboard to pursue an attempted ascent of the north-west Surrey … Continue reading Ride London – 04/08/2019

Owler middle distance triathlon – 21/07/19

So, sports fans. I left you all on tenterhooks right at the very end of my Challenge Roth report (assuming anyone made it that far), when I finished with; 'With that in mind, I definitely won’t be doing a half-ironman in 2 weeks’ time…' It doesn't take Sherlock Holmes to work out that this could well … Continue reading Owler middle distance triathlon – 21/07/19

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

Edinburgh half – 26/05/19

12 years ago, I ran my first half marathon, venturing across the border to Edinburgh. It wasn't pretty and I didn't have a Scooby Doo what I was doing, but I got around. That evening, we went out for a celebratory meal, discussing whether or not I'd ever do another one. Consensus at the time … Continue reading Edinburgh half – 26/05/19

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

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)