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

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

2018 training/racing summary

Right then- another year in the books. I've done one of these 'little' reviews every year, so I can't break the streak now (sounding like the crazy endurance addict that I am). 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 posts can be revisited. They all offer a thrilling read. You'd be a fool to miss out. The … Continue reading 2018 training/racing summary

Valencia marathon – 02/12/18

Valencia - the home of paella and tapas. The Spanish city holds only the fondest memories for me, as last years visit resulted in a shiny new marathon PB (probably never to be repeated). It also offers some much needed December sunshine, which is always a nice accompaniment to a cerveza or seven post-race. However, this … Continue reading Valencia marathon – 02/12/18

Ironman World Championship 2018 – Run

**This is the 3rd post detailing my race at the 2018 Ironman World Championships. You can find the swim here and the bike here** Excellent. We (me physically, you mentally) have successfully negotiated the swim and the bike, with just my bread and butter to come. The run. That’s where it all began for me, … Continue reading Ironman World Championship 2018 – Run

Ironman World Championship 2018 – Bike

**This is the 2nd post detailing my race at the 2018 Ironman World Championships. You can find the swim here** Where were we? Oh yes. Ironman World Championship in Hawaii. Slightly stocky, very annoying bloke from Essex who keeps wearing a flat cap everywhere because he thinks it’s funny has survived the swim and is … Continue reading Ironman World Championship 2018 – Bike

Kona – The aftermath

What do you mean this isn't the race report? Surely you can stop having fun on your holidays and get writing?! I want to make sure I let the dust settle and give a full account of what was a truly unbelievable day, so I'll be writing it over the next few days. I can … Continue reading Kona – The aftermath

Day 4 – Kona Eve/Tracking info

**Two parts to this post - firstly, some tracking info, and then a summary of the day before the race** I wanted to do a quick post just in case anyone other than my Mum & Dad would like to follow along on Saturday. I also wanted to say how absolutely overwhelmed I've been with … Continue reading Day 4 – Kona Eve/Tracking info