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The Ox Marathon 2016

Yesterday I got up bright and early and drove two hours over to Wiltshire and the Rushmore Park Golf Club for the start of the 2016 Ox Marathon. It is organised by White Star Running, much like the Larmer Tree Marathon that I took part in a few weeks ago. It was in similar terrain […]

Putting the chimp back in its box

When looking at the mental aspect of endurance sport few make this complex topic make sense more than Professor Steve Peters in his book The Chimp Paradox. Prof Steve talks about the chimp that we all have inside us. This is the internal voice that is designed to keep you alive. It is loud, powerful […]

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The importance of running socks

Decent running socks are an important and much overlooked piece of equipment. Good socks will last a long time and help to prevent foot problems, bad socks will cause not only surface issues such as blisters but can cause worse problems too. For me a good sock must do two things. It must: Last a […]

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A bit about Honey Stinger Waffles

You wont like them, so you’d better send yours to me. Don’t worry I’ll put them to good use and they don’t taste at all delicious…. You may gather that I like these quite a lot. They taste great, are organic and are also great energy food. If you ever find me collapsed at the side of […]

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The Ox Marathon 2016

Yesterday I got up bright and early and drove two hours over to Wiltshire and the Rushmore Park Golf Club for the start of the 2016 Ox Marathon. It is organised by White Star Running, much like the Larmer Tree Marathon that I took part in a few weeks ago. It was in similar terrain […]

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The Ox Marathon 2016

Yesterday I got up bright and early and drove two hours over to Wiltshire and the Rushmore Park Golf Club for the start of the 2016 Ox Marathon. It is organised by White Star Running, much like the Larmer Tree Marathon that I took part in a few weeks ago. It was in similar terrain […]

Putting the chimp back in its box

When looking at the mental aspect of endurance sport few make this complex topic make sense more than Professor Steve Peters in his book The Chimp Paradox. Prof Steve talks about the chimp that we all have inside us. This is the internal voice that is designed to keep you alive. It is loud, powerful […]

Endurancelife Pembrokeshire CTS Marathon 2016

I took part in the Endurancelife Coastal Trail Series (CTS) Marathon on Pembrokeshire yesterday (30th April 2016) and it was a perfect example of how good Endurancelife events can be. The weather was glorious with a slightly chilly wind, clear blue skies and most people being surprised by just how hot it got. The grounds […]

Plymouth Half Marathon 2016

Wisely or not I booked myself a spot on the Plymouth Half Marathon 2016. It was using a familiar route with a downhill start followed by a flat section, then a couple of climbs along Billacombe Road and into the grounds of Saltram House. The route finishes with a long climb from the Barbican back […]

Finishing an ultramarathon – A beautiful state of mind

Finishing an ultra is actually pretty easy. Bare with me, it’s true. It does require a change in mindset though, so stick with it. An ultramarathon is technically any running race that is longer than a marathon. If a race is worthy of the title of “ultramarathon” then you have permission to change your race […]

The Oner 2016 – I did it!

I shall jump straight to the punchline: On my third time of trying I have finally completed The Oner. 82 miles (84 the way I went!)  with over 10000 feet of ascent and a tight time limit. I wrote up my 2014 and 2015 attempts here and here if you want to see where it all […]

Finding your motivation

Motivation is a really personal thing. Nobody else can motivate you, but what they can do is help you to figure out what your unique and individual motivation is. This can be through telling you what motivates them, so you can take a small part and see if it fits and perhaps inspire you with […]

The Larmer Tree Marathon Report

I finished the 2016 Larmer Tree Marathon organised by White Star Running yesterday. It was my first White Star Running event and it certainly wont be my last. I heard about their events when I was chatting to a lady on another marathon. We started talking about the motivational/funny signs that some of the spectators […]

There’s something strange…..

I knew I was weird right from day one. I didn’t remember people, I didn’t worry about what others thought and I charged off, always doing my own thing. This went swimmingly until I was about 13 and one day I suddenly noticed everyone else. I remember the moment as clear as day as I […]

Thames Trot 50 – 2016

The Thames Trot 50 for 2016 was the first of my nemesis races for this year. It beat me least year quite substantially and I was returning to finish the job. The race is pretty straightforward, starting from the Hawkwell House Hotel in Iffley and running around fifty miles along the Thames Path to Henley. […]

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Plymouth Breakwater Swim 2014

I was privileged to be a part of the Plymouth Breakwater Swim 2014 for the Chestnut Appeal for Prostate Cancer. I took part in and reviewed last year’s event which you can find here. My views on the event remain unchanged. It is a spectacular thing to be a part of and this year we […]

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Ironman Wales Report and tips 2014

I felt remarkably calm in the week before Ironman Wales. I had hit nearly every single training session bang on for the previous 8 months, except for a couple missed due to a cold in February, and I felt that I certainly had an “engine” capable of getting me through to the finish. There was […]

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Finding your motivation

Motivation is a really personal thing. Nobody else can motivate you, but what they can do is help you to figure out what your unique and individual motivation is. This can be through telling you what motivates them, so you can take a small part and see if it fits and perhaps inspire you with […]

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Endurancelife Pembrokeshire CTS Marathon 2016

I took part in the Endurancelife Coastal Trail Series (CTS) Marathon on Pembrokeshire yesterday (30th April 2016) and it was a perfect example of how good Endurancelife events can be. The weather was glorious with a slightly chilly wind, clear blue skies and most people being surprised by just how hot it got. The grounds […]

The Oner 2016 – I did it!

I shall jump straight to the punchline: On my third time of trying I have finally completed The Oner. 82 miles (84 the way I went!)  with over 10000 feet of ascent and a tight time limit. I wrote up my 2014 and 2015 attempts here and here if you want to see where it all […]

The Larmer Tree Marathon Report

I finished the 2016 Larmer Tree Marathon organised by White Star Running yesterday. It was my first White Star Running event and it certainly wont be my last. I heard about their events when I was chatting to a lady on another marathon. We started talking about the motivational/funny signs that some of the spectators […]

Thames Trot 50 – 2016

The Thames Trot 50 for 2016 was the first of my nemesis races for this year. It beat me least year quite substantially and I was returning to finish the job. The race is pretty straightforward, starting from the Hawkwell House Hotel in Iffley and running around fifty miles along the Thames Path to Henley. […]

Dover Marathon Coastal Trail Series 2016

There were more reasons for me not to do the Endurancelife Coastal Trail Series (CTS) Marathon in Dover than there were for me to do it. In the interest of banality I shall list them: The expense (275 miles each way plus a night stop) Half a day off work for travelling The fact that […]

The importance of running socks

Decent running socks are an important and much overlooked piece of equipment. Good socks will last a long time and help to prevent foot problems, bad socks will cause not only surface issues such as blisters but can cause worse problems too. For me a good sock must do two things. It must: Last a […]

Nun Shall Pass – Hope 24 2014 Race Report

The following article was originally published last year on my family blog www.theleukaemiaconclusion.co.uk. It was so good that I felt it deserved repeating before I published this year’s race report of the same event. 😉 Imagine the scene: A blustery and dramatic day in a field in the south of Devon. One moment the sun […]

A bit about pants – X-Bionic Summerlight

I don’t know about other ultra runners, but I have spent many hours tweaking and adjusting my kit to eliminate chaffing. I have been pretty successful so far and am down to one final problem. Pants! I normally run in your basic snug fitting trunks to hold everything in place, and at shorter distances they […]

The Oner Ultramarathon 2015

Last year I attempted the Oner and got beaten by the weather. You can see the full report and how badly it went wrong for me here. I was dressed like Superman and was raising money for the wards in Derriford hospital that had been treating my wife for Leukaemia. Incidentally, she had a stem […]

A bit about Honey Stinger Waffles

You wont like them, so you’d better send yours to me. Don’t worry I’ll put them to good use and they don’t taste at all delicious…. You may gather that I like these quite a lot. They taste great, are organic and are also great energy food. If you ever find me collapsed at the side of […]

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