Stuart Leaney

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Posted: 25/08/2015 at 21:16

Lev - aim quicker in the second half not the first.

in Scotland, terrible weather, great running but not much internet.

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Posted: 19/08/2015 at 12:26

Dan - I'll be following your race on line, I hope to be wax-on lyrical about your performance.


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Posted: 19/08/2015 at 10:09

TT - sounds like it's all coming together nicely.

Great results PP and MsPP, good luck in today's 5K

Padams - some very solid training.

Matt - That's an unbelievable run.

ES- Seems as though you are training very sensibly, are you running an Autumn marathon?

Jools - Great 10K, sorry to read that your long one was tough.

Pisc - Good to see you back at it.

Muss- top HM.


I've been a bit short for training time recently so I thought I would try something different, 5 miles yesterday morning, then 17.17 ran home in the evening then 17.17 this morning back into work and then 5 this evening, a total of 44 miles in 2 days, legs grumbled this morning and mentally it was tough but job done, easy couple of days planned and then a hard week in the Cairngorms.




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Posted: 14/08/2015 at 08:45

PP - The options were track or hills, the Mendips win every single time.

More plodding to get the miles in, got a hard 20 planned for tomorrow, along the A38 into Bristol, a horrible run.  Then to Oxford for some punting and Pimms.

Muss good luck with the HM

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Posted: 13/08/2015 at 09:39

If my wife wasn't home I would cut my run short and get some peace and quiet in front of the tele.

TT - Take it easy.

Dan - Good luck at the CCC, i'm sure the training will pay off.

Nice early morning runs from Padams and Jools.

I only managed 5 miles this morning, legs still trashed from Tuesdays hills. 




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Posted: 12/08/2015 at 16:59

Al - Good luck with number 2.  Good to see you put Lord dids back in his place.

PP - Cracking Tuesday double

Padams - A midweek 20 miles, serious stuff.

Pisc - Nice lunchtime 12.

Muss - Looks like a good 20miler last weekend.

Like PP I did a Tuesday double, 5 easy in the morning then 11 miles with a load of big hill reps, 13 reps in total. 5 on a shorter steep incline, 6 on a steep long drag and 2 on a off road steep hill, legs are battered today and sore in all the right places, 5 this morning and a death march this evening.

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Posted: 10/08/2015 at 11:53

Jools - that's a hell of a days running.

Well done to Mr & Mrs Padams.

PP - An excellent week training and pretty much identical to mine in terms of mileage.

ES - Top 16 miler.

TT - Massive volume in Kenya.

Ryan - You're a better man than me, I hate treadmills.

Great to see Wardi at it and running well.

96.6 miles for the week, topped off with 20 yesterday which involved some very fast miles whilst trying to keep up with people on bikes, childish but fun.

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Posted: 07/08/2015 at 09:24

Good morning all.

Sorry for my absence, I've been having a little down time due to being mentally smoked from a winter of training for London and then the Mont Blanc marathon. Plus I've been incredibly busy at work.  Back at it now with the Bristol to Bath marathon the focus, should crack 90 miles this week.

Muss - I hope the HR settles.

Padams - You've performed amazingly since London both on foot and wheels.

CW - Great stuff at Borrowdale, your training remains bonkers.

Pi Man - Hope the injury clears up.

Welcome to Simon Coombes 2, good luck in marathon training.

Looks like PP is all guns blazing for a sub 2.30 at Berlin.

TT - Have an awesome time In Kenya, the pictures on fb look amazing.

Great to see Jools coming into some form and i'm very jealous of Dan being back in the mountains.



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Posted: 02/07/2015 at 10:26

Jools - Great to see you hitting some form.

Wardi - Best of luck with the injury/injection.

PP - Those extra miles will definitely help.

TT - Decent session in the heat.

Muss and ES well done for getting out in the heat.

Dan - It's the first time I've seen such an event and it was utter carnage 

Thanks for all the kind words, I'm just about walking without a limp although I have a pain in my left foot.  Mentally I'm still a bit smoked but absolutely desperate to get out running on the Mendips, think I'll leave it until next week.


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Posted: 30/06/2015 at 12:00

Whoops, and the rest.

other than up or down, and there was no way on gods earth I was running down the path I had dragged myself up.  Off I went, getting passed by the odd runner, one step after the next trying to compose myself, I knew once at the top of Le Flegere there was a check point and from there I had around 5K of easier uphill running to the finish.  I didn’t think it could get any harder and then I broke through the tree line and joined what in winter would be a ski run, but in the summer is a uneven collection of stones and boulders the sun beating down on me, this course was, or already had demolished me. To add insult to injury people were passing me and disappearing into the distance.

Finally I was at the top I had covered that part of the course 2.5K/hour slower than the leaders, a Scottish supporter noticed I was struggling, gave me some sage words and off I went on the last leg, 6K left.  Within minutes I had gone over a root or a stone, I had gone past caring.  Dust in my face I got back up and lumbered on, I occasionally heard the noise of the finish area.  I had run this part of course 3 days previously and loved every step, bouncing from boulder to boulder, this time couldn’t had been more different. 

The finish was in sight and soon I heard the cheers of my name, a high five with Dan and a few others, across the line and my first ever finish line celebration and then the absolute agonising pain, which was soon to be tempered by free beer, the absolute pride and the most amazing view one will ever experience.

4hrs 42 minutes, 31st place and 1st British runner a position that the performance didn’t really merit, with that time I would have struggle to get in the top 50 of previous events. But I don’t give shit about any of that.  I finished when there was a time I didn’t think I would, it was comprehensively the hardest thing I’ve ever done but I know I can run it significantly quicker and when I get the chance to my training will be far more relevant, you can’t do a mountain marathon and run it well off the back of a flat road marathon, it’s a different sport and needs to be treated as such.

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