Running blog

I usually want to find out a bit more about a race before giving it a go. There is usually loads of information and reviews about big popular road races, but sometimes you simply can’t find out anything about particular cross country courses, or running somewhere unusual. My reviews will hopefully give you an honest account of the race or run, and sometimes a bit about how I felt before during and after!

Training at pace, is it a good thing?

Runners World tweeted a very interesting article this week written by Jenny Hatfield about the benefits of training by effort rather than your relying on your GPS device to run ‘at pace’. The article got me thinking, what are the benefits of using GPS to train? Three things in particular struck me about this. Firstly, training on effort is a…

National Cross Country 2015

People always say about how muddy it was at Alton Towers in 2011. It was muddy, really muddy. In fact it was so muddy they had to shorten the course , and it took so long to get the mud off me in the tiny shower cubical in the Holiday Inn Stafford, we nearly missed the last food orders at…

National Cross Country Championships 2014

National Cross Country – Wollaton Park   After a couple of years of awful conditions at National Cross Countries – I still have horror filled flashbacks to Sunderland in February 2013, and the frozen mud-ice fest – the National 2014 at Wollaton Park in Nottingham was a welcome change to sunny bright, and definitely less muddy conditions!   Over the…

Wokingham Half Marathon 2012

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…

Running up 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.…

Box Hill Fell Race 2012

There are only two races I do regularly that I feel a pang of apprehension in the few hours before the start gun goes. The Box Hill Fell Race is definitely one of the them. 7.5 miles There are a comparative lack of fell faces in the south of England – obviously – but even for a southerner like me, this race…

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…