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Florence Marathon Update

Great day – beautiful weather. (See the gallery to show a few shots of the day).

And while I didn’t break the 3 hour 30 minute barrier, I did manage a ‘PB’ of 3h 35m 47s. Click here for the Florence Marathon Track.

Running past the Duomo

Running past the Duomo

Crossing the line

Crossing the line

Day before Florence Marathon

Sitting in my B&B room resting post-pasta lunch and reflecting on recent weeks training and the fall that really hurt as you can see from the picture below. Apart my face (several stitches & sutures) I only had slight grazing on one hand & on knee : This did upset the last 3 weeks of training.

I hope all goes well tomorrow but it will be cold – apparently around 3 degrees at the start.

But you cannot see the stitches

But you cannot see the stitches

Royal Parks Half Marathon

A little late with this post but this year’s Royal Parks Half Marathon was one of the nicest in fine autumn sunshine : Perfect for running through the 4 Royal Parks – Green Park. St. James, Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens.

And a personal best of 1h 34m 10s too.

Middlesex County 10k

No posts for a while ….

Been training with a view to Half Marathon (London Parks next weekend) and Marathon (Florence at the end of November) but have run some 10ks over the summer. Best at the September Regents Park Summer Series (44m 03s) and an OK time (unofficially 44m 18s) at today’s Middlesex County 10k. I was second in my category at the latter 10k getting a ‘silver’ medal.


Middlesex County 10k Silver

Middlesex County 10k Silver Medal

Club Champs & Regents Park 10k

Nearly able to claim to be a sub-6 minute miler in the Club 1 mile championships !! But missed out by 0.20 seconds on a hot July Tuesday evening at the Paddington Track : Most frustrating.

Then ran the Regents Park 10k on Sunday : Coolish & damp morning in fortunate contrast to the 25+ degrees of recent days. I felt far harder than it should have been but still managed a better time than previous runs so far this year. But way short of my 43 minute best from last year.

The ‘British 10k’ around the centre of London to follow next week then in the week following by the 5k Club Championship in Battersea Park.

Club ‘Championships’ – Half Way

Ok its just a bunch of 4 races that the club arrange for members – 1km, 1 mile, 3000m and 5km. We’re half way through with the 1 mile & 5km to come. Saturday was a lovely day for the 1km race held by the Serpentine in London’s Hyde Park … as you can see.

Serpentine @ 9am

I am one of the slowest in these races but also one of the oldest so …. in terms of age graded performance I am sitting comfortably in ‘mid-table mediocrity’.


Surfing … for a change !!

Sunday evening –



Not quite the originals but good enough !!

So ….

Well I finished but disappointed with my time of 3h 47m when I was targeting under 3h 45 m. Given the rather more favourable running conditions than in previous years (where it was much hotter) and that I had run 3h 46m two weeks previously in Brighton it was particularly disappointing.

But as always the crowds were wonderful and it is a really great occasion.

And thanks to the MS Trust for laying on their usual most welcoming of post race receptions. Thanks to all of those who sponsored me to run this year’s Marathon. Photo of medal to prove it and a link to see where it all went wrong ….


And now on to think about next year and perhaps some other races before then.

MS Trust



Where’s Jenson ?


Still mixing it with celebs …

Where’s Paula ?


Better view of Paula Radcliffe on TV I think :-)


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