Sad end to 2011

Sadly Gil’s stepfather, Stan, died just before Christmas so we were off to South Wales for his funeral. His Mum is now on her own in a care home but she seems to have settled in o.k.
As a result we decided not to spend Chistmas in Wales so we were able to do our usual 4 mile run round our village in our Father Christmas outfits on Christmas Day morning. The weather was fine and it was good fun with lots of cars hooting at us and we were wishing ‘Happy Christmas’ to the few people we saw out walking.
Friends Richard and Betty joined us for dinner on New Years Eve and, afterwards, we went to the party at our village Social Club. They stayed the night and we were able to go to church together the next day.


This is an 8 day event but, unfortunately, due to Royal British Legion Standard Bearer duties, I was unable to fly until Monday 14th November.

It is a charity event where people can pay 10 euros to hire a chip (unless entered in the 8 days or 24 hours) and run, jog or walk as often as they like day or night during the week. The circuit becomes very busy in the lunch hour and early evening so at times it is very difficult to get round but you have to deal with that as best you can. Continue reading NO FINISH LINE MONACO 12-20/11/2011


It was nice to have a weekend away with Gil and stay with my cousin Peter who lives in Oakham, very close to the start of the Rutland Water Marathon, an event that neither of us had run before.

After doing a bit of sightseeing around the old market town of Oakham we had a nice pub lunch then set off for Peters house where we had our evening meal and a good nights sleep. Continue reading RUTLAND WATER MARATHON 6/11/2011

Monaco No Finish Line

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 Monaco No Finish Line

RunLiverpool Marathon 9-10-11

Me and Kaja

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 RunLiverpool Marathon 9-10-11

One2Go trail Marathon 10-9-2011

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 One2Go trail Marathon 10-9-2011

Cheltenham Half Marathon 4-9-2011

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.