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Posted: 07/05/2014 at 18:54

A proper mudfest of a race that doesn't involve crawling through electrified fencing & running over hot coals (unless you've made a serious detour off the course) probably one of the funniest races you could ever splash your way around...

Apparently the entries are one third gone already and it only opened yesterday!!! 

I'll be there again this year (5th year in a row) and I can't wait. Definitely one of the high points of the racing calendar...

Sodbury Slog

Posted: 07/05/2014 at 18:21

Stefanie - entries for the 2014 race opened yesterday.
Get in there quick as I've just heard that a third of the places have gone already!!!


Runner's World weight-loss feature

Posted: 27/04/2013 at 21:36

I used to be a big boy. At my heaviest I tipped the scales at 15 stones - thankfully no photos exist.

I was about 14 stones when I ran my slowest half marathon (2006 St Albans Half - 2:11:07) This prompted me to start taking running a bit more seriously as a way to lose weight. I ran the 2007 London Marathon in 4:58:09 and after that the running bug bit deep. Through a mixture of diet and exercise the weight started to drop off. The more I got into running the more I began to eat healthier, the less weight I carried, the easier the running became and so on and so on. The weight eventually dropped to 9st 6lbs & to others I looked ill. Eventually the muscle mass built up and the weight settled at 10st 6lbs. In the meantime, PBs fell at all distances & I just ran VLM in 2:54:22 

Snowdonia Marathon 2012

Posted: 19/07/2012 at 17:02

An inauspicious weekend ahead for me whereby I get to indulge in some of my favourite things, namely running, Italian food, & football. Add to that the small fact that it's my birthday on Sunday and, in the words of Baldrick, I devised a cunning plan (as cunning as a fox who's just been appointed Professor of Cunning at Oxford University...)

At my suggestion, my better half is 'treating' me to a weekend in Frome (woohoo) where I get to watch Bristol Rovers play a pre-season friendly against Frome Town, have a meal in an Italian restaurant, stay in a nice hotel overnight, then, on my birthday, I get to race in the 'heavily undulating' inaugral Frome Half Marathon...

You've got to admit, it is a cunning plan...

Snowdonia Marathon 2012

Posted: 18/07/2012 at 06:43

Second week of my Snowdonia training schedule & got my first real quality session in last night. (the 5 races that I did last week as part of Week 1 were all about putting in the efforts night after night) However, last nights, albeit flat(ish) 1.5 mile jog / x3 2miles @ 6:00/mi with 0.5 mile recoveries / 1.5 mile jog was a blinder & not far off my 10mile PB.

Unfortunately, after a heavy summer racing schedule, I know that the turn of speed I have at the moment will slowly disappear as short/fast sessions begin to give way to longer, slower, hillier, training runs...

Rome 2012

Posted: 25/03/2012 at 14:38

Only a couple of small runs for me this week. I did a slow 5K in Rome on Wednesday, just to make sure that nothing was too damaged, then, after flying home on Thursday, I put in a slightly quicker 5K on the Friday morning... Then, this morning, I ran probably the toughest Hilly Half Marathon of my life - 2442ft of ascent & just a tad more on the descent! So on top of cobble-mashed marathon legs I decided to trash my hamstrings on the way up & my quads on the way down!! Way to go you muppet!!

Wasit worth it? Yeah, I think so. I finished 11th over all (10th bloke), first home for ny Club, and, most importantly, secured the 10 points I needed to bag first place in the MV40 category of our Club competition! Yay!

Two days of non-running now, although I will go for a light swim this evening & a light cycle tomorrow, then nothing more than a slow 10K on Weds, Thurs, & Friday, rest day on Saturday, then a trail Half Marathon in the Forest of Dean on Sunday... Help - I'm addicted!

Rome 2012

Posted: 23/03/2012 at 12:15

We got home at about 7pm yesterday - BOO!!!! Shame my lottery numbers didn't come up as I'd have quite happily stayed there. Apart from the fact that I managed to come down with a bad cold on the Tuesday & was desperately trying to fight it off for the rest of the week... Not too bad now though, although the asthma is starting to play up now...

My official time was 03:00:30 (putting both me & EE on the MArathon Talk podium) BUT I'm glad to see that I'm not the only person whose Garmin says that the course was long..!!! According to mine I ran nearly1/4 of a mile over! Now, I can accept that I wouldn't have stuck to the racing line throughout the entire race, but I struggle to understand how I could have run that far - even if I took every bend as wide as possible... Hmm, very strange, especially as my Garmin tells me that I ran at 6:48/mi pace which would have given me a 2:58:17 finishing time... Oh well, just have to concentrate on running sub-3hrs next year - it won't be this year as my next marathon is Snowdonia and, with all the will in the world, I will struggle to go at a good pace in those hills.

1T - The football was amazing; probably one of the most lasting memories of the holiday in fact. Standing in the Curva when the whole place was singing 'Roma Roma Roma' was truly awesome...

Anyway, absolutely lovely to meet you all, especially whilst swimming in post race Guinness! Anybody fancy a pop at the Firenze Marathon in 2014?

Rome 2012

Posted: 13/03/2012 at 22:33

I did an interval session this morning, then spent the rest of the day doing some last minute shopping, packing, having a massage, then eating the worlds bigest couple of baked sweet potatoes with baked beans. I hurt now.

Early morning tomorrow. Four miles easy jog, breakfast, then a friend is taking us to the airport & we'll be Roma bound! Got a nice easy 5K planned for Thursday, from our hotel, round the colosseum, a lap of the Circus Maximus, then back to the hotel for breakfast. Then it's an early start to the Expo. Should get there just as the doors open...

Just 2 easy miles jog on Saturday, then an easy day - don't want to do loads of walking & tire myself out... A couple of miles to stretch the legs very early on Sunday morning, just to stretch the legs, then it's the big un...

INFO:Just noticed that Monday 19th is a Vatican holiday so 99% of Vatican City won't be open... 

Rome 2012

Posted: 13/03/2012 at 17:52

After drinking next to no alcohol for the best part of 4 months, Onetit, I doubt very much if it'll take too many pints of Guinness or Peroni before I lose the ability to speak coherently... Although, as a Bristolian, coherent speech has never been my forte...

However, as most of us would probably benefit/appreciate the chance to get to our hotels, wash, eat, drink, snooze, come down from the clouds etc before heading back off out for a drink or three, shall we agree on 4-4:30pm @ The Druids Den, Via San Martino ai Monti, 28- ROMA ???


Rome 2012

Posted: 13/03/2012 at 13:05

Won't be at the Druids Den to watch the rugby I'm afraid, but am definately up for meeting up there post race.

How far post race though? Is there a suggested time for meeting up? 

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