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Race report: The Budapest marathon

You learn something new every time you run a marathon and as I made a beeline for the Portaloos at kilometre 12 of Budapest, I wondered what it was that I should avoid eating next time around. It could have been the pre-race pasta party at the expo the day before, where a choice of sweet … Continue reading

Race report: The Toad Challenge

Race report: The Toad Challenge

Say the words ‘enjoyable’ and ‘run 90 miles’ in the same sentence and most people look at you in a funny way. But what can I say; the Toad Challenge really was no ordinary race. A three day EPIC adventure along the Thames towpath from Oxford to Walton-on-Thames in Surrey, it started with several months … Continue reading

Race e-guide: Seville marathon

Race e-guide: Seville marathon

Fancy running a race which is pancake-flat and takes in lots of wonderful city sights? Where entry is a bargain (especially considering the size of the pasta party) and the weather is pretty much guaranteed to be nice (in February!)? Then look no further than the next race e-guide installment. When I traveled over to … Continue reading

The Toad – T minus two days

The Toad – T minus two days

I don’t often write about big races before the event. Although I wouldn’t say I was superstitious, I suppose it can feel like I’m tempting fate a little by committing thoughts to words. On Friday, I’ll be embarking on my first ever multi-day ultra race. I’ll be spending the day on my feet, fuelled by … Continue reading

Race Report: The Bacchus Marathon

Race Report: The Bacchus Marathon

It’s not often you can say you’re bullied into drinking alcohol by children. During a marathon. But on Sunday, I ran into a fuel station on the Bacchus marathon to a chorus of children holding out cups of wine, chanting, “Try it, it’s good for you!” It’s not often you get to run alongside people … Continue reading

Race report: The Kent Coastal Marathon

Race report: The Kent Coastal Marathon

Oh Margate, you do spoil us with your sandy beaches and sweeping coastline. Ok, so you may be a little rough around the edges and the boarded up arcades along the seafront spoil first impressions a bit. But dig a bit deeper and there are boutiques hotels, independent shops and restaurants serving local Kent produce … Continue reading

Race e-guides: Marrakech half and full marathon

Race e-guides: Marrakech half and full marathon

It was always the intention of this blog to pass on useful information about the many interesting races and places I’ve run in. After lots of thinking and mulling over content and format on some of my recent mega-long (30 miles on Sunday!!) runs I think I’ve finally arrived at something that works. The first … Continue reading

Race Report: The Croydon Ultra

I went into this race excited about the world beyond marathons and came out as a proud ultra-runner. This is the short version. The longer one involved some careful preparation for a race in 30 degree Celsius heat. An opportunity to trial out fuelling, race kit and pacing. A 30 miler that became 32 miles, due … Continue reading