Gary Fatbloke

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North Downs Way 30K

Posted: 19/07/2015 at 21:36

Hi Ann, I've only just spotted this. It was no problem for me making sure you were OK, and how good was it of Liz to run with you to the finish. I hope you're fully recovered now.


The three best things that happened to you today...

Posted: 14/01/2015 at 17:42

I worked from home as I had a really bad night coughing and spluttering

I didn't have a 2 hour commute each way

I received a credit card statement showing only £28 outstanding (started at £10K, it's been a long road)


working at it slowly

Posted: 01/01/2015 at 00:10

Happy new year to all Waisters, see you in 2015


Commuting in London

Posted: 30/12/2014 at 21:37

HI all

I thought I'd drop back in and let you know how things are going. I've been running from St Pancras to West Kensington twice a week so far, I take a bag with me on Monday with two sets of clothes in. I've been getting the 6.17 from Ebbsfleet to St Pancras and am running by around 6.45, it's just over 5 miles to the office and I'm normally there between 7.30 and 7.40 which gives me plenty of time to get myself sorted out and ready for the day.(Loo, shower and breakfast)

Running along the Euston Road at that time of the morning isn't too bad, I just have to remember which way to look at each junction. It's been dark when I've been going through Hyde Park but the paths are good quality and can be seen without any additional light. High Street Kensington can be quite busy with pedestrians but so far so good.

I haven't tried the Regents Canal yet, is it lit at that time of day? 


working at it slowly

Posted: 30/11/2014 at 21:02

Ha ha! Yes I am still alive and running! I try and get in here now and again but things are pretty hectic work wise at the moment so I don't seem to find much time in the evening. It was nice to put a face to the name Podds, I thought as I went round on the first lap, a lady with retired greyhounds and we're in the Thanet area, could it be Podds? (I know that seems a bit random but that's how my brain works sometimes) And as I had to walk to the top of the hill where you were marshalling I had enough breath to ask you!

From a running perspective I ran the Kent Roadrunner Marathon at the end of May but have done very little since then. My work has moved from Romford to West Kensington so I'm trying to run from St Pancras to West Kensington 2 mornings a week. It's a nice 5 mile run which includes going through Hyde Park. I'm also trying to run on a Friday lunchtime and then again on Sunday. I'm also up to 86 volunteer duties at my local parkrun as well.

I hope you are all keeping well although I have noticed on my brief visits that there have been a number of health and personal issues which have had to be dealt with.I'll try and get in more often.

Oh, and Podds, are you marshalling at the Thanet 10 next week cos I'm running that as well?

London Marathon 2015

Posted: 02/10/2014 at 14:19

Out for the 3rd year running, which I know is small fry considering how many rejections some people have had.

Not sure what to do now, have done Kent Roadrunner for the last 2 years but fancy a change (preferably a flat change!) 

Commuting in London

Posted: 08/09/2014 at 22:07

Thanks all, I'm not too familiar with Kings Cross/St Pancras apart from the main roads, how would I get to the canal from the station? From the look of the route I created on Garmin Connect I would need to go up York Way and then pick up the canal towpath from along there. Something like

That adds about 2 miles to the run that I had previously considered. We have a 2 1/2 month trial period so I think I'll try all 4 routes in the first couple of weeks and see which one I prefer,


Commuting in London

Posted: 07/09/2014 at 07:50

My office is relocating from Romford to West Kensington in mid November, because of this I will not be able to get home in time for my two evening runs with my club. My journey to work is changing from a 45 minute drive to a 2 hour train and tube journey. However, I have decided to try and combat this by running from the station to the office 3 times a week, we have showers at the office. I haven't worked in London for nearly 18 years so am looking for some advice on routes.

I am in the fortunate (?) position of being able to get a train to either Charing Cross or St Pancras International. I have worked out 2 routes from Charing Cross and 1 from St Pancras. The first route out of Charing Cross, which is my preferred route, is walking to Embankment and then running all the way along Embankment to Gunter Grove and Warwick Road and along the A4 to the office, this is just over 5 miles. The second route involves running up The Mall, Constitution Hill, Hyde Park Corner and then along the A4 to the office, a distance of just over 3 3/4 miles.

The route from St Pancras is along Euston Road, passing Regents Park and Baker Street then heading to Lancaster Gate, going through Hyde Park to Kensington High Street then turning left at Olympia and down to the office. This is also about 5 miles. Taking this journey means that I can spend an extra 30 minutes in bed! The train to St Pancras International only takes 22 minutes whereas the Charing Cross train is about 50 minutes.

I'll be arriving in London between 7.15 and 7.30 depending on which train I get, my main concern is the number of people I'll be running with or against at that time of the morning. My own feeling is that running on the river side of the Embankment will be less crowded and easier but would be grateful for any advice from London running commuters.


Kent Roadrunner Marathon 2014

Posted: 02/06/2014 at 13:39

An excellent race again, I don't like running in the heat but managed a 6 minute PB so can't complain. And coincidentally I finished in exactly the same position as last year! I've only done 2 marathons, this year's and last year's KRR, and the organisation is just so good I'm sure if I do a different one I'll be comparing it to TZ's efforts!

Ian and his team certainly know how to put on an event.


Garmin Connect Lap time Issue

Posted: 07/03/2014 at 23:09

Just stumbled across this thread and I've been having similar issues. I have my 305 set to autopause when I stop. For my long runs on a Sunday I run to the club and then wait around for the other members to arrive. This time has previously not been included in my splits. However I have a split of 12.01 and a moving time of 20.58. On Fetch this is shown as 12.01 and the overall pause time is shown below the splits.

Thinking there was something wrong with the watch last Sunday I stopped the watch when I arrived at the club and restarted it when we started running again. This time, on Garmin Connect, I have a 10.26 split and a moving time of 24.55 even though the timer was stopped! Again, on Fetch this is shown as 10.26.

I've checked Garmin Training Center which I have installed and the splits are correct there. It's very frustrating not being able to see the correct splits on the device's native website!

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