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Running up Mount Vesuvius

I recently went on holiday to Italy, and while making sure I focused on performing well in terms of spaghetti eating and chianti drinking , I did fancy getting a bit of mountain running in. We were staying on the Amalfi coast and planned a trip to Vesuvius and Herculaneum to follow in the footsteps of the enormously destructive volcanic eruption of AD79.…

Wokingham Half Marathon – Sunday 19th February 2012 I have to say that the Wokingham Half Marathon is almost certainly my favourite road race. In 2006, I ran the race for the first time, finishing in 1:25:48, breaking my previous PB by over 11 minutes, and therefore giving me my first half marathon time under the magic 1 hour 30…

Surrey county cross country championships

With the county championships usually on the first weekend in January it often makes for a pretty sharp awakening after the Christmas break. The 7.5 mile course at Denbies Vineyard near Dorking instead of the drudging suburbanity of the more usual Lloyd Park venue made for a race that lived up to this billing. Guildford and Godalming AC hadn’t completed…

Poole Park Parkrun

In a vain attempt to try and minimise the inevitable weight gain over Christmas – it’s so tough not to with mince pies, real ale and the enormous amounts of obligatory meat eating – I thought, at the suggestion of my good friend Dan, to have a go at the Poole Parkrun on Christmas eve. For those of you unfamiliar with Parkrun…

Gosport Half Marathon

An extremely pleasant November morning met the competition at the Gosport Half Marathon on the 20th November. With the temperature being about 10C and there being almost no wind conditions were however set fair this time around. People I’ve spoken to who have done this race in the past have mentioned that the conditions can be pretty bad, with the prevailing winds causing havoc to PBs…

2XU Surrey Men’s League Match 2

It has been a very bizarre cross country season so far. The chilly, crisp winter weather, and the muddy, wet and sticky condition that we tend to expect underfoot have just been non-existent so far. Saturday 12th at Lloyd Park in Croydon was a perfect representation of this. Usually a wet, very wet course with plenty of mud and standing…

Not a bad first week’s training

So, the first proper week of training having had August off through injury and holiday. Managed about 25 miles over the week, including a decent 10 mile sunday run, even if this was slightly disrupted by David Walliams swimming up the Thames! Had a positive speed session with Charles on Tuesday. Felt fairly sluggish on the track but hopefully with…