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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 milage 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 !

April is over

and ended with the ‘ackney ‘arf, which our daughter Sarah also ran. It was supposed to be a cool cloudy day but was actually quite warm, mostly sunny and quite windy especially towards the end, & after on the walk to Sodo Pizza Cafe in Lower Clapton Road, where we had an excellent post-race lunch (and beer !).

I found the course hard work with lots of ups & downs, nothing serious, but sapping for me, following as it did immediately after doing 3 full marathons in April. All was good until just after half way when I lost touch with the 1h 40m pacers but managed to keep ticking over to finish in around 1h 44m, disappointing but an age grading of 71.6% isn’t too shabby.

Shame that the Olympic Park still looks bare & undeveloped although better than when I previously ran the ‘arf in 2014 when it was horribly hot !

Nothing more until the end of May with the London Vitality 10000 and possibly the Edinburgh Marathon.

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