Category Archives: Running

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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Resilience, and a marathon start-line

Last summer, as I was trying to convince myself that things were ok, I wrote that I didn’t feel that in my heart. I think those were the most pained words I have written here. I had recently had a … Continue reading

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The Marathon Widows’ and Orphans’ Survival Guide

This blog has become somewhat introspective in recent months (that is, when I have not been AWOL all together). I have had cause, mind you: things have been a little challenging, to say the least, but I now have light … Continue reading

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