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About johntleeds

In amongst the perpetual juggling of work, family and things on my mind, this is MY time, MY escape. Any this is what my mind comes up with when it has time to wonder, as I wander on the trails... twitter @johntleeds

Robin Hood Half-Marathon – Review

EVENT: ROBIN HOOD HALF MARATHON, NOTTINGHAM Sunday 27th September 2015 (Start 9:30) RECOMMENDED? Definitely WHERE IS IT? Starts by the River Trent close to the cricket and Forest and County football grounds, leaves the city past the Castle, takes in … Continue reading

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If a run is worth doing it’s worth repeating

September 1994. That was when we first met. And we have had a deep and meaningful relationship ever since: not always smooth, admittedly, but as the years have passed rather than become wearisome it has actually deepened. That was the … Continue reading

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20 ways you can tell you’re a PROPER runner

(Note: This piece first appeared on Run Leeds, slightly abridged, in August 2015.)   There are things in your washing which no-one else but you will touch. You look at a section of road or bridleway and think to yourself … Continue reading

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Race review: Harewood House Half Marathon

EVENT: BHF HAREWOOD HOUSE HALF-MARATHON Sunday 8th February 2015 (Start 10:00)  RECOMMENDED? Definitely (if you’re ok with trails!) WHERE IS IT? Just a few miles due-north of Leeds on the A61, heading towards Harrogate. Harewood House is a stately home … Continue reading

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Ten tips for a struggling beginner

In the pub last Sunday night with Nick, a girl – a stranger – came up and spoke to us out-of-the-blue. She was probably early twenties, petite, dark and so intensely pretty you had to concentrate hard to ignore it. She … Continue reading

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View from behind a race-number

To the supporters at the start celebrating with us as we set off, To all the plentiful cheery stewards with your relentless smiles, To the strangers along the way reading our names from our bibs, To the children with your posters … Continue reading

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Half-marathon no 41… and a first for me

It happened as I approached the 11-mile mark of my 41st marathon. It had never happened before. I had had a measured first half, testing my full-marathon pace for two weeks later, and then speeded up for the second half … Continue reading

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