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Wendover Woods 50 – a beautiful, sweary brute of a race

I’ve never sworn as much during a race as I did in this one. Not even close. I used to work in a builders’ merchants many years ago, so I can swear with the best of them. I learned from … Continue reading

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The Berlin Wall 100

‘Would you like a sausage?’ asked the guy at the aid station. ‘We have cold sausages here and also hot sausages cooking. Maybe some beer, coke or apple juice? We have cheese, meat, water (still or sparkling), biscuits, lots of … Continue reading

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The Kent 50 – the power of Mountain Dew and consistent pacing.

‘Don’t start off like a twat. Don’t start off like a twat. Don’t start off like a twat.’ I have an unfortunate history of starting off races like a twat. In various races over a variety of distances I have … Continue reading

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Eastbourne Trackstar Marathon – on a road (or track) to nowhere.

When a race starts to the Benny Hill theme tune, you know it’s going to be a long, painful day. I’d entered the Eastbourne Trackstar marathon a few months ago, on the basis that I’d run two track races before … Continue reading

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Self Transcendence 24 Hours (Tooting Bec) – Race Report

As the horn went at the end of the race, I breathed a massive sign of relief. Thank goodness that was over. I had tried it, it didn’t work out and I never had to do this ever again. My … Continue reading

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Self Transcendence 24 Hour Race – Fuelling

There are people out there who fuel in a variety of different ways.  The key thing is to find something that you’re happy with and then go with that. Personally, I’m a sugar monster on long distance races as it … Continue reading

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Samphire 100 – on the comeback trail (and sea wall)

One hundred miles. 27 laps round Samphire Hoe nature reserve. I had absolutely no idea how this race was going to turn out. I’d entered it a few weeks before in hope as much as expectation after a really crappy … Continue reading

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Self-Transcendence 24 Hour Track Race – Tooting Bec

Virtually everyone I know questioned my sanity when I decided to run a 24 hour track race. 24 hours running round and round a 400 metre track in South London. The question was always the same. Why? It was quite … Continue reading

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The South Downs Way 100 – Just a Day

I love peanut M&Ms. There’s something about the combination of peanut and chocolate that makes them my favourite chocolate-based snack. They never let me down. And I was counting on them here. I was trudging up the bottom of the … Continue reading

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The South Downs Way 50 – A Plan Comes Together

I’ve never been much of a runner. I’ve done a few races over the years but there are very few that went particularly well. Consistency was always the problem. I’d enter a race and start my training in a blaze … Continue reading

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