Author: David

499 parkruns and counting

Apparently I’m about to do my 500th parkrun this weekend. So how did I get to this… I did a bit of running in 2002 (I took part in a Nike RunLondon 10k in Richmond Park) and that was it. Another 10k a year later at Blenheim Castle with friends and after that I took part in the Bognor 10k race (near my parents hometown) in 2004, 2005 and 2006. Each year I’d run for a few weeks prior to

Brighton Marathon 2017 (David)

Well… this is an easy blog to write.  I didnt’ take part!  I withdrew from the race a couple of weeks ago. I started training ‘proper’ just after Christmas and started building up my weekly long runs (12 miles, 13 miles, 15.75, 15, 16, 17) and then on 9th February on a short run in advance of an 18 miler planned for the following day I stumbled badly on a large pebble (or similar) on the promenade close to home

2016 Training Summary (David)

So, I’ve managed a year of my planned (at least for two years) retirement from Ironman racing.  I suspect right now it’ll be longer than two years but that’s not a problem.  I’ll come back and race long when I want to.  I just don’t think I want to right now. Here’s a quick summary from last year: Swim: about 4.3km!  Less than two hours of swimming in the entire year! Bike: 946 miles Run: 749 miles I had originally

Bognor Regis Sea Swim Triathlon – 11 September 2016

2016 has been a quiet year in terms of races – especially multisport ones.  I did a duathlon earlier in the year and now it was time for a triathlon – this was my only triathlon planned for the year and I found one based less than half a mile from our front door.  Absolutely perfect. The Bognor Regis Sea Swim Triathlon consists of a 750m sea swim, a bike ride of just 12 miles and a 5k run.  My

Mid Summer 5 – 13 July 2016

After the ‘fun’ of a beach race last month this was time to get back on the road.  I’d heard good things about the Mid Summer 5 race – mainly because you get beer and a burger at the finish – this sounded just like my kind of race.  It’s an evening race which seems to be better suited to the beer/burger idea! The weather was great although there was a little bit of a breeze.  The race starts by

Littlehampton Beach Run – 8 June 2016

Hmn, this report is a little late so it’ll be brief!  With the announcement of a race called the ‘Felpham Five’ – which is a five mile beach run very close to our house I decided to try a beach race for myself.  I’d run a trial run of the five mile route for our local race and it was fun but I wanted to see what a beach run was like in a race-type scenario. So we headed all

Bognor Prom 10k – 15 May 2016

Back to my favourite running race in the calendar (this is my 11th time taking part).  I’ve been looking forward to this one for a few months now I as love running round the local streets with 1500 others and getting tons (and tons) of support from the amazing supporters out on the course.  It really is a great atmosphere to be a part of. Training this year has gone well and the past few weeks I’ve been able to get my

Three Forts Challenge – 1 May 2016

A year ago we had friends staying with us for the weekend and whilst I spent all day Sunday riding 100+ miles around the Isle of Wight in the rain at a cycling event our friends took part in the Three Forts Challenge – a rather hilly marathon (or half marathon) held near Worthing (about 15 miles from home). This year our friends were coming back to stay and I really didn’t fancy such a tough day in the saddle –