2021 review – racing/training summary

So here we are again, at the end of another year already. This will be the 8th annual summary! We're through an entire Harry Potter series worth now (with a similar number of fans, I can only assume). The epic back catalogue can be found here; 2014201520162017201820192020 2021 started off in a similar fashion to … Continue reading 2021 review – racing/training summary

Gutbuster 10 mile – 28/12/21

Heading back to the Gutbuster was like going to visit a long lost friend you were never really sure if you actually liked, but hadn't seen for absolutely ages. We're talking about back in the days where this blog was still in nappies and the quality of writing was akin to that of a Daily … Continue reading Gutbuster 10 mile – 28/12/21

Dorney Lake 10km – 12/12/21

The Spring of 2016. It was announced that there would be a referendum to decide whether the UK would stay in the EU. Tim Peake became the first British astronaut to walk in space. England won their last Grand Slam in the 6 nations. Joe Spraggins ran a personal best at the Kingston 10km, when … Continue reading Dorney Lake 10km – 12/12/21

London Marathon – 03/10/21

It's been two and a half years since the last London Marathon (no one counts any of that virtual rubbish), and the world has been through an awful lot of pain and misery since then. If there's a event that, without fail, brings happiness and joy to people's lives, it's got to the be the … Continue reading London Marathon – 03/10/21

Ironman Estonia – 07/08/21

Tallinn, Estonia. It's much further north than you think it's going to be. Looking out to sea from the port area, you can't quite see Finland, but it's very close. Once part of the Soviet Union, it's now a thriving independent state. Anyway - that's the serious stuff done with; you only came for the … Continue reading Ironman Estonia – 07/08/21

2020 review – racing/training summary

2020 - let's not try too hard to remember it. It's been a bit of a rollercoaster of a year, and I know lots of people have really suffered in a number of ways. But, there's still been plenty to smile about. The real silver lining probably being that this post might be shorter than … Continue reading 2020 review – racing/training summary

Goodwood marathon – 06/12/20

Regular subscribers will once again note that it's gone a bit quiet on the ol' blogging front in the last couple of months. That tw*tty virus is very much still amongst us, like that annoying hanger-on at a party that you just can't get rid of. I'm struggling with it, as I'm sure are 99.9% … Continue reading Goodwood marathon – 06/12/20

JOGLE Day 5 – The Queen Stage

*Day 1**Day 2**Day 3**Day 4* Day 5 - Hereford to Bude This was it then, the crux of the entire trip. Ever since we'd started the planning, this day was always looking huge.190 miles.Over 4,000m of climbing. Legs already absolutely trashed after 4 long, long days of riding. I honestly had severe reservations about the … Continue reading JOGLE Day 5 – The Queen Stage

JOGLE Day 4 – Who’s idea was this again?

*Day 1**Day 2**Day 3* Day 4 - Preston to Hereford As devastating as it was, we eventually had to leave Preston behind us, robbed of a night on the town due to local lockdown restrictions. I still haven't worked out what we'd have worn for the occasion, but it definitely would've smelled really, really bad. … Continue reading JOGLE Day 4 – Who’s idea was this again?

JOGLE Day 2 – The ‘short’ day

*Day 1 - read here* Day 2 - Fort William to Edinburgh Readers worldwide will be hoping that a short day in the saddle means a short blog. I can't promise anything, but I'll try my best. JOGLE aficionados will note that going through Edinburgh is nowhere near the quickest or most direct route. Back … Continue reading JOGLE Day 2 – The ‘short’ day