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Ranelagh Harriers Coad Cup Handicap 2015


Although we now live away from West London I’ve put some of the main fixtures of my ‘old’ running club in the diary… just in case. Well, I found myself working up in ‘town’ on a gloomy Tuesday and it just so happened to be the same day as the Ranelagh Harriers Coad Cup summer handicap race.  Perfect planning. This race is just shy of five miles in the beautiful surroundings of Richmond Park. I’ve previously run it four times since

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River Arun Swim – 13 June 2015


I’ve been wanting to enter this 2.4 mile swimming event for a few years now as it’s only based a few miles from my parents house.  Well, now that we live in the same village after moving last year it’s now close to ‘our’ house and I knew I’d be around this weekend.  So that was it, I entered my first swimming race. The idea of entering a swim of this distance is to give me something to aim for

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Bognor Prom 10k – 17 May 2015


I’ve always said this is my favourite 10k race and had an unbroken streak between 2004 and 2012.  In 2013 I had just finished Ironman Lanzarote the previous day and last year I chose not to run as I’d hurt my foot and with Ironman France only weeks away I sensibly chose not to race.  This year I’d been working on the excuse about my dodgy left ankle – that’s been hurting since November.  The latest on that is that

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Isle of Wight Randonnee 2015

Not a bad day in the saddle...

A few months ago I heard about an interesting cycling sportive event – the Isle of Wight Randonee – an annual free to enter bike ride around the island of either 50k or 100k. I’ve never cycled on the Isle of Wight before but I heard it’s a little hilly, and on a clear day when walking along the promenade close to home I can see it far in the distance towering above the area around Selsey. I’m starting to

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So… the extended off-season…

Home Sweet Home (not the bench, just the general area!)

Had it not been for my fantastic day at Ironman Wales in September 2014 I very much doubt that I would be doing an Ironman race this year. I’m happy that I’m only going to be doing one Ironman in 2015 – Hawaii. I love the events but the racing is tough – real tough and I’m not a huge fan of going into a pain cave for so long! I think I’ll be able to manage it in Kona

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Not The London Marathon 2015 (David)


In 2009 it was suggested that a social run around the Bushy parkrun 5k course a few weeks out from the London Marathon would be a great little motivator for those long runs and also to get to share a long run with people who are running different distances – so not just for the 20+ miler club!  Not The London Marathon was born!  You can read about the 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 events elsewhere on this blog. The ‘rules’ are as follows… Start around

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2014 Training Summary (David)

Home Sweet Home

Each year along with many other people we like to look back at the previous years training and racing.  I’ve done it on this site since 2007 so this is my eighth annual summary.  Well, there’s good and bad to it so lets get cracking… The year started with a plan to run the London Marathon in April and get a ‘Good For Age’ time that would guarantee entry for the next couple of years.  I had a bit of a

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Hayling Island 10 Mile Road Race – 30 November 2014


I don’t do running races.  Well, not very often.  This year I took part in the (wonderfully organised and lovely) Spitfire 20 run in March as part of my London Marathon (which didn’t happen) build-up.  Before then I did a couple of shorter races in 2013 along with a half marathon and marathon.  OK, I did a few Ironman triathlons as well but days when I turn up on the start line wearing running shoes and pinning a number on

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