United Airlines NYC Half Marathon

United Airlines NYC Half Marathon medal

On March 18th some 21,965 runners completed the NYC Half Marathon in the cold and the wind on a brand new course. I enjoyed a first by starting from the back of the pack and running for fun rather than a PB. (More on that later). The NYC Half is a headline Spring race from […]

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Race Review : ASICS Manchester Marathon 2018

A race review of the ASICS Manchester Marathon 2018. My first time running the ASICS Manchester Marathon has been a strange and fabulous experience. (I’m a marathoner that hadn’t previously run in the UK.). There is undoubtedly bias in my recollection of the event due to the circumstances under which I arrived here. For the […]

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Ground level view of a runner showing only the moving legs

Injury, setbacks and the ego

I’m struggling with a few things right now – injury, setbacks and the ego. Usually I respond by withdrawing. I internalise and overthink everything, which invariably gets me stuck deeper. This time I’m doing it differently and putting it in black and white. It feels risky to be honest, but I’m telling myself these things […]

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How many people do you need to run a marathon?

How many people do you need to run a marathon? That’s a seemingly odd question, like how long did it take to run your fastest marathon? But if you change the wording to instead make it how many people helped you run your marathon?, then you see where I’m going with this. The role of […]

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Ugly truths no one tells you about distance running

For the record, or perhaps just for therapy, I need to name some of the ugly truths no one tells you about distance running. I remember vividly the moment I committed to running my first marathon. It was all about the challenge, the big experiment and the excitement of having a huge goal. I knew […]

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Running with music – right or wrong?

Running with music, right or wrong? I Googled the topic and there’s a whole lot of discussion. It took me a while to figure out my own position and I put it down here for the record. As a rule I do not listen to music when I run; but as a tool, music has […]

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New York City Marathon

Applications for the 2018 New York City Marathon  opened this week. If running New York is on your bucket list then this post is for you. I’ve updated an early New York City Marathon review from 2016 to celebrate. Run, volunteer or cheer from the sidewalk in the New York City Marathon and you become […]

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Marathon fundraising tips

Fundraising can be tough. It generates a range of emotions, just like the race itself and the four months of training it takes to get there. Today I share some marathon fundraising tips that have helped me.

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Looking back on 2017

The close of 2017 marks my third year of running and it’s been truly eye opening. I took great pleasure and a huge sense of achievement from learning, training, racing, and travelling to beautiful places, with the people I hold most dear.

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New Year Midnight Run

Winter was falling over Manhattan and we were planning our Christmas trip back to the UK to see family. It was belligerently mild. The characteristic cold snap hadn’t descended. We approached the end of our fourth year in New York and hadn’t yet seen in a new year in the Big Apple. We had wanted […]

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