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Ranelagh Harriers Coad Cup Handicap 2015

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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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Spitfire 20 – 16 March 2014

Fellow Ranelagh Harriers 'buddy' Nik at the start.  I didn't see him after the photo was taken!

I took part in this race (well, long training run for me) in 2013 as part of my Ironman/marathon preparation.  I loved it.  It was a cold and windy day but I really enjoyed it.  A few months ago I entered the 2014 edition of the race for another couple of lovely 10 mile laps in the Surrey countryside. My plan for spring 2014 was to run the London Marathon and try and get a fast time that will guarantee

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Ranelagh Harries ‘Mob Match’ vs Blackheath & Bromley – 15 February 2014

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So, of the four mob-matches that our running club takes part in each year this is the second one I’ve made it to this season.  This is pretty good going for me.  OK, not quite as good as Ranelagh member Clive Naish who is on a streak of 121 consecutive races!  David Wright is also ticking them off having completed 156 events.  With there being only four each year that’s quite some going! Anyway, it was howling with wind (so

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2013 Virgin London Marathon … with a GoPro

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Back in April of this year I ran the London Marathon.  It was my third time in the race and I loved it more than ever.  One of the main reasons for this was that rather than run it as fast as possible I used the race as a training run (and a rather long one at that) in my preparation for an Ironman triathlon a few weeks later. To force myself to run slowly and not get carried away

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The Wedding Day 7k Race – 2013

Photo: Katrin Kroschinski, http://www.fire-passion.co.uk/

On 29 July 1981, there was a public holiday in England to mark the wedding day of Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales. A running race was organised by the London Road Runners Club in Bushy Park, West London. Since this date, the race has been run every year on the last Friday in July (apart from a date change in 2012 because of the London Olympics). This 7k race is a regular fixture in our calendar and 2013

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Ranelagh Harriers Richmond Half Marathon – 5 May 2013

So, a few days ago I was reminded by Sharon that I had entered the Richmond Half Marathon this weekend! I’d completely forgotten. When I entered I thought it would be a nice way to get a longish run in just as I start to ease back the training in advance of my main spring race, an Ironman. Two weeks after the London Marathon would be fine (as I hadn’t planned to run London hard, which I didn’t). The day

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Cranleigh 21 mile race – 24 March 2013

The Cranleigh 21 mile race is one of the best bargains of the racing calendar. 10 pounds for 21 miles. That works out to be just under 48 pence per mile! Bargain. I’ve run this twice before and this year the plan was once again not to race but to treat it as a good solid training run. In 2012 the weather was beautiful – hot and sunny. This year it was 0 degrees celcius with a wind of around

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Spitfire 20 – 3 March 2013

I don’t really enter many races. I guess I’m a bit of a loner when it comes to most of my training. Maybe I’ll blog about this at some point but not right now.  Anyway, enough about that – back to the subject… Sharon and Kirsty had plans to enter this event (Sharon doing the ‘Tempest 10’ event – which is a single lap – with the Spitfire 20 being two laps).  I entered as well and if it was

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