Johnny again

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road closure costs

Posted: 08/03/2014 at 00:00

I've run across the bridge a few times (on the path). A nice easy run with great views.


Newbie with a few questions please .

Posted: 16/02/2014 at 10:52

Parkruns are great, sociable events. Don't worry about having to take a walking break - most of us do when we are starting out. Get out there and enjoy it. It can feel a little claustrophobic or self-indulgent if you have such a busy life and you are trying to fit in regular runs. Finding company to run with often helps with motivation and enjoyment.  cehster RfL is perfectly achievable - you will be ready well before that!

Shoes for XC

Posted: 16/02/2014 at 10:45

I would check with your clubmates before buying. Our county league only has one course where you could just about get away with spikes. Good, aggressive fell shoes are more appropriate. Of course, if you are in one of the southern leagues running around parks, spikes should be fine.

Mizuno Reading Half Marathon

Posted: 13/02/2014 at 23:06

I can't do it this year as I'm still not running following a minor car accident in December. I hope for your sake that they sort out the kit tents - sorting you into anticipated finish time may seem logical but it makes bottlenecks and queues inevitable - no fun in last year's conditions. My least favourate part of the course is the stadium horrible surface and too noisy for this rural runner. Best bits - the first climb and the stretch through the campus, drums under the road and the jelly baby station on the descent to the dual carriageway.

Off Road

Posted: 13/02/2014 at 21:17

Get up on the Clent Hills - that's pretty close to Cradley Heath and you can't get too lost there.

Rip-off races vs great value diamonds

Posted: 13/10/2013 at 00:09

As a guideline, about £1 per km is fine. Anything more than this would have to be someting special. I can't believe the amount of money that some people are prepared to pay!

Most club organised races seem to get it more or less right but the commercial organisations can be real rip-off merchants. (over 30 quid for a trail 10k with no road closures?). I do a couple of pricey races each year - Reading and Bristol halves this year, the other 25 or so races are more reasonably priced. There is no need to charge the earth. We put on a tough, off road 10 mile hill race in December for £5, without making a loss.

Long time subscribers

Posted: 08/07/2013 at 23:12

I've been a subscriber since '97. Generally, there is something of interest each month, but it is mostly repetetive, sometimes contradictory and frequently pushing sponsors. Do be honest, my mum took out the subscription for me and renews it each year as a birthday present, otherwise I would have cancelled years ago.

I find some of the american articles irritating, particularly when they don't even bother to change the spelling, terminology or "seasons". The biggest failing in my opinion is the ongoing reduction of content for committed club runners, epitomised by the demise of real race reports ( as opposed to plugs) and the quiet dropping of the occasional items about clubs and local running scenes. The occasional piece of extended writing with polysyllabic words and depth of content reminds me of how good I used to find the magazine. At least it is better than "Men's Health" - what a pile of steaming cr*p that is!

Dog Food

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 07:42

Nice dogs Ironwolf.

My labs have working dog from the farmers store (VAT free) plus all the rabbits they can catch (not many), currently supplemented with sheep poo when they can get away with it.

Daily discussion: IPOD debate

Posted: 17/05/2013 at 21:55


Posted: 04/05/2013 at 07:25

Our poultry numbers are greatly reduced following a fox visit in the autumn. We keep males and females, allowing the girls a relaxed retirement when they stop laying (ours yend to lay up to about 5 years). The males are eaten at about 6 months old - the flavour beats even the free range chicken from our butcher.

Don't use those dispatcher tools! They kill by crushing the neck rather than breaking it. The traditional method is quicker and less traumatic. If, like me, you don't think your wrists are strong enough, use the broomstick method. (You don't need to cut and bleed the bird - hang it for a day and the blood drains into the neck (makes good stock).

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