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

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

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

Valencia marathon – 19/11/2017

One more race to close out the season. It's been a long year, starting way back in December where training for the Outlaw & Ironman Wales started in earnest. I haven't really stopped since then, bouncing from one race to the next. I wouldn't have it any other way; I absolutely love testing myself and … Continue reading Valencia marathon – 19/11/2017

Thames Meander half marathon – 04/11/2017

After recovering from Ironman Wales (which was unbelievably 8 weeks ago now), I've cobbled together a training plan to try and run as fast as my little legs will carry me at the Valencia marathon in just under 2 weeks' time. This hasn't taken the form of what you might call 'standard' marathon training; instead … Continue reading Thames Meander half marathon – 04/11/2017

Amsterdam marathon – 15/10/2017

I guess the guys in the marketing department for the Amsterdam marathon have a pretty easy sell. Come to an awesome city, only a short hop over from London, sample some great food and drink and have a cruise down one of the many canals. The only fly in the ointment – at some point … Continue reading Amsterdam marathon – 15/10/2017