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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

What a night. What an atmosphere. A mile around Nuttall Park, against the clock. Organised by willing volunteers, it was my first time at the Ramsbottom Summer Mile and I wasn’t sure what to expect.  The only thing I knew was that it was going to be good!  I was buzzing with excitement all day, a sense which was only heightened when I met fellow RRC member, Neil, on my way down to the park.  We fell into stride and…

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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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Reviewing the New Fruit Pursuit Go Bites®

Reviewing the New Fruit Pursuit Go Bites®

The New Range of Fruit Pursuit Go Bites® One month ago an email dropped into my inbox asking me to review the new range of Fruit Pursuit Go Bites®.  Having reviewed the original Go Bites I was more than a little intrigued.  I replied almost immediately, keen to see what the new Go Bites® had to offer. Visually striking, the new bites are rolled in brightly coloured freeze-dried fruit, or blackcurrant powder in the case of the Recover bite.  They…

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Booking my first marathon

Booking my first marathon

It’s been a long while since I last posted on this blog.  Since then, a lot has changed. My Monday morning motivator, Kate Carter, left The Guardian to start her own blog and do some exploring.  Since I stumbled on Kate’s blog at some point last year it has been inspiring and enlightening to read about the journey a fellow runner was taking.  I’m already loving the new Morning Debrief which Kate is hosting on her own blog – worth…

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Review: It’s a Piece of Cake 10k

Review: It’s a Piece of Cake 10k

Firstly, let me clarify.  It’s a Piece of Cake is definitely not something I would say about this hilly 10k.  I turned up last Saturday morning, dressed appropriately for the 20-degree heat, not sure what to expect.  Sweating before the start line, I knew it would be harder than usual in the heat.  At least it would be a piece of cake… The event, organised by Manchester Frontrunners, took place in Boggart Hole Clough, a park I have often passed, never entered. …

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Getting Lost On Scout Moor

Getting Lost On Scout Moor

Going running without a plan is not a good idea.  Running somewhere you have never been before, on high, uneven ground may even be dangerous.  Yet that’s how I found myself last Sunday afternoon.  I set out with a friend in mild, although grey, conditions from Owd Betts and headed for Scout Moor.  Although I’d never been up the hill from this direction, I was confident that if we stuck to the pathways, both my friend and I would be…

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Good Friday: Running to Explore Fflint

Good Friday: Running to Explore Fflint

There’s something unique about a long run.  A sense of freedom.  Time to think, ponder, plan and reflect. That’s exactly the feeling I had on Good Friday afternoon.  I set out on the trail not knowing how far I would run.  Leaving the caravan park behind me the world was mine to explore. I never know how far I am going to run when I head out of the door.  Not on a good day.  On bad days it’s easier…

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