I love this 8 day race having been twice before so, when I heard that chum William Sichel was running, crewed by my Scottish mate Alan Young I couldn’t resist it for one last time. The race starts on the 12th of November but, unfortunately, due to Royal British Standard Bearers duties, I am unable to fly until Monday 14th. Unlike my previous multi day races where I did high mileage every day, this time I plan to take it fairly easy for the first couple of days the make an all out effort for a good 48 hours ( to make up for my disaster in Cologne). Continue reading
One of my favourite cities is Liverpool and I have waited a long time for a Marathon to take place there having run the Liverpool Half in 1996. Finally, earlier this year it was announced that indeed there was to be a Marathon this year. I reckon I was one of the first people to enter. Even though the entry fee was £46 I decided that this opportunity would be too good to miss. Continue reading
This was the fifth in a series of charity trail Marathons along the towpath of the Lea Valley. I have taken part in every one but, sadly in 2009 I failed to finish due to getting lost and running out of time. This year the route was changed so, instead of a point to point including a loop around the Lea Valley Country Park, we ran an out and back along the towpath. Continue reading
They said ‘only a half, that’ll be easy for you’. Wrong! It was not easy at all, it’s a long time since I did a half so I wasn’t sure how it would go but it was an enjoyable experience. The reason I decided to do this one was because I did my very first half Marathon in Cheltenham in 1985 in around 2-08. Didn’t think I would get near that again and, once I started walking, I knew it was going to be slow. Crossed the line in 2-35-10 tired but happy. Bearing in mind I had a Marathon the following week it was a useful training run. Met a few chums from my days in Gloucester so that was nice too.