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Manchester Marathon Update

Well … its done.

Disappointing time I’m afraid given that the conditions were as favourable as one could wish for. To be ~14 minutes slower that at Florence less than 4 months earlier is not good : To some extent it must be down to limited long runs Jan thru’ March but perhaps I was also not quite mentally switched on.

I could console myself with 9th place in my category and that the time was still comfortably inside qualifying times for most if not all of the Abbott Major Marathons.

So too London – not much I can do for that now.

Some fund raising for the MS Trust.

MS Trust


Oh …

So much for using the Finchley 20 Mile Race as a “warm up” : It was never going to be ‘warm’ but this is the email received lunchtime today. TBH it was never going to be pleasant racing but as I do need to put in some mileage in advance of my two April marathons, I will run somewhere tomorrow.

MS Trust

It is with deep disappointment that the Finchley 20 and Hillingdon 10 is cancelled after receiving advice from UK Athletics.

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Vitality BigHalf #BigHalf

Miraculously this Half Marathon took place : Astonishing given that London was snow covered & frozen barely 48 hours previously.

I haven’t been doing that much proper training since the Florence Marathon last November, so was pleased with my time but disappointed to get in under 1h 40m. Nevertheless I will take 2nd in my age group according to the provisional results.


Florence Marathon 2017 – Results update …

Thats a surprise !! 5th in my Category !

Florence Marathon 2017

Ran this in a torrential downpour …. my shoes will take a week to dry out. The upside to this is that the cooling effect – it was only 8 degrees anyway – was such to numb my entire body making it impossible to feel anything. Including my leg muscles screaming in pain !! So managed to run close to my PB – 3h 36m 25s : Thats the Garmin time.

Hampstead Heath Park Run



MS Trust & the London Marathon

Birmingham Great Run Half Marathon

Pleasing run today with one of my faster times 1:38. Given how little running I have done recently this was a surprise.

Even came first in V65 : Not that I am competitive or anything.

Birmingham Great Run 2017

Middlesex County 10k Championships

Good to be able to report a decent run with an under 45 minutes 10k the weekend before last : Better to come home to a bronze medal in the post. Not bad as an M65 to earn this in the M60 category.

First Long Run in ages – found myself here

But couldn’t get in !! In fact the photos were as close as I could get, showing how tight security was.

And it was a tiring and tricky run along the Regents Canal Towpath from Camden Lock – too many people, manic cyclists, slow cyclist as well idiots like me trying to run. It was my first run out this far east on this route – nice route shame about the other people on it !