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The Unofficial Endure24: Redefining My Limits

The Unofficial Endure24: Redefining My Limits

The Unofficial Endure24: My introduction to endurance running To those outside of the running community, a 5 or 10k may seem like a feat of endurance. Beyond 10k, the marathon is the pinnacle of road running. Every race should be judged on its own merit. Yet, during a 24-hour endurance event, beyond the parameters of an organised race, competitors are challenged to push further. There’s something alluring about that. During the Unofficial Endure24, my first attempt at a 24-hour event, I…

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Rediscovering Motivation: The Lockdown 5K Smackdown

Rediscovering Motivation: The Lockdown 5K Smackdown

Over the last four weeks, the Lockdown 5K Smackdown challenge has provided invaluable motivation. After a promising start to 2020, with a 5K personal best on New Years Day and the Oulton Park 3.5 Hour Challenge in February, my running suffered during the early part of the Coronavirus Lockdown. That was, before the Lockdown 5K Smackdown challenge commenced. Coronavirus Lockdown: Faltering Motivation So much is uncertain. Tuesdays are usually sacred, free from work and reserved for a night with Ramsbottom…

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Life In Coronavirus Lockdown

Life In Coronavirus Lockdown

The 23rd February 2020 was an historic day. The government enforced a partial lockdown for the first time in our history due to the unprecedented outbreak of COVID-19. The next few months will be challenging but it is imperative to stay focused, positive and productive. In this post, I will explain why I think this is essential for the Coronavirus Lockdown period. So Far So Good Just after New Year, I set myself a number of targets to achieve by…

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Manchester Marathon Postponement – The COVID-19 Update

Manchester Marathon Postponement – The COVID-19 Update

Learning of the Manchester Marathon postponement was a huge disappointment. I have felt good in the last few months, enjoying a brilliant day at Oulton Park in February on my longest training run. My sub-4 target was well within reach. But these aren’t ordinary times and it’s no time to mope. There are much bigger things at play than a lost race or two. Over the last two weeks or so I’ve come to terms with the idea that I…

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Oulton Park 3.5 Hour Challenge – A Review

Oulton Park 3.5 Hour Challenge – A Review

Building a Winning Mentality The hardest thing about a race, is to let go of it.  As it happens, I don’t see the Oulton Park 3.5 Hour Challenge as a race. It’s my marathon test event rather than a race in itself. Yet, all too often, I find myself stressing the details of a run. How much elevation is there? When do I push? What should I eat the night before? Have I done enough training? Is it a PB…

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Manchester Metrolink: The First Marathon Long Run

Manchester Metrolink: The First Marathon Long Run

Manchester Metrolink has been an integral part of Manchester’s travel network since the first scheduled service between Bury and Victoria on 6th April 1992. The line between Bury and Victoria connects a number of towns to the north of the city centre. Both the length of the line and regular stations make it an unlikely but ideal running route for marathon training. Running the Manchester Metrolink The idea to run a part of the Manchester Metrolink was devised as a…

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My Sub 4 Marathon Attempt – All roads lead to Old Trafford

My Sub 4 Marathon Attempt – All roads lead to Old Trafford

If last year’s goal was to finish the Manchester Marathon, this year I want to go one better.  You can only find your limits by pushing your boundaries.  Only when you are at the edge of what you thought possible do journeys of discovery begin. What better way to test myself than by attempting to shave almost 17 minutes off my marathon time.  This is the story behind my sub 4 marathon attempt. This isn’t a how to guide or…

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Ramsbottom Summer Mile 2019

Ramsbottom Summer Mile 2019

My First Ramsbottom Summer Mile What a night. What an atmosphere. A mile around Nuttall Park, against the clock. Organised by willing volunteers, the Ramsbottom Summer Mile is set in Nuttall Park. This was my first time at the event and I wasn’t sure what to expect.  The only thing I knew was that it was going to be good fun – RRC style!  I was buzzing with excitement all day, a sense which was only heightened when I met…

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My First Marathon Journey

My First Marathon Journey

They say that you can do anything if you put your mind to it. The scary thing is that they might just be right. You just have to believe. And train. Lots. The truth is, this marathon journey didn’t start three months ago when I ventured out for my longest run ever with a small, but perfectly formed, group from RRC. This journey started a long time before that. Everybody has their own reason for running, each marathon effort taking on its own…

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Hitting the ground running in 2019

Hitting the ground running in 2019

January has been an inspiring month. And I don’t mean that I’ve stuck to my training plan or that it’s been particularly great in terms of running fast times. This month I’ve seen and trained with so many people motivated towards achieving their goals, mainly related to marathon running. It’s enough to give a tangible boost as you head out on your own solitary training run. Hearing other people enthuse about their own journeys somehow gives meaning to your own….

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