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Lake Sonoma 50

“Are you okay?” I had been running down a hill at around mile 42 when up ahead I saw a runner shuffling slowly and propping himself up with a stick. I wasn’t exactly crushing it but this guy, well, he … Continue reading

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Quad Dipsea

The Dipsea Trail starts in Mill Valley and goes up and down a lot in its 7.5 miles to Stinson Beach. I ran the first five miles of the course (and back again) a few years ago while on holiday … Continue reading

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Stinson Beach Half Marathon

Surfing. Rollerblading. Sunbathing. None of these things were happening in California when I arrived on Stinson Beach, 20 miles north of San Francisco, ready to run my first ever race since moving to the US. In fact, it was a … Continue reading

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Country to Capital 2018 – Five things I learnt

In the interests of only me (rather than you, the reader) going over old ground, this will not be the usual race report in which I painstakingly recount every step of my journey from Wendover to Little Venice. I’ve done … Continue reading

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2017 – a review

Last October, shortly after finishing the Autumn 100, my girlfriend and I got a dog. Here he is on the day we picked him up. Partly because I was knackered and couldn’t imagine racing for a while, and partly because … Continue reading

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Boat Race 10-miler

Confession: I’ve never watched the Boat Race. At least not live, as in standing by the river Thames between Putney and Chiswick and watching the crews of Oxford and Cambridge duking it out over the five miles of one of … Continue reading

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Thorpe (Park) Half

My first memory of running – as a pre-determined activity as opposed to just moving as quickly as possible in between self-inflicted injuries as a child – was with my Dad, running around Thorpe. We lived there from when I … Continue reading

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