Category: The Stragglers

7 days to go…

Well, it’s one week to go until the London Marathon. I think I am ready. I am going to put down some ramblings over the next week, so that I will be able to look back and see how I was feeling in the run-up. I had my last Sunday run of the training schedule today, wearing all the kit I might possibly need (hot/sunny/rainy/cold variables all covered with arm warmers, knee socks and visor). I only look marginally like

The Boxing Day Double 2010

There’s always parkrun at Bushy Park on Christmas day and it’s a great way of getting an extra run in over the Christmas break.  However, with the 25th falling on a Saturday there’s no extra run to take advantage of. Well…. the good people at Black Park parkrun near Slough decided to run an event on Boxing Day at 9:30am. Excellent.  The trouble is, I love running the ‘Cabbage Patch 4’ race on Boxing Day as well (at 11am).  What

The 30th Wedding Day 7k Race

The Wedding Day 7k is a well supported local race held on a Friday evening at the end of July. For the history of the race check out my entry from 2007. After running in 2007 and 2008 last year I chose not to run as it was just under three weeks after taking part in Ironman Switzerland. I didn’t think it would be good to race so soon after. Well, this year things are a little different. I’d competed

Cabbage Patch 10 – 18 October 2009

So here we are, another year later, and its one of my favourite races – the Cabbage Patch 10 mile road race that’s held in Twickenham, just over a mile from where we live. This is the fourth year I’ve run the race, and my history had been ‘blogged’ on the site as follows: 2006 – 71:47 – 289th out of 1396 2007 – 63:09 – 89th out of 1447 2008 – 66:02 – 170th out of 1482 My running

Flora London Marathon – 26 April 2009

So, here we go, the 29th London Marathon and this time I’m running in it – my first ever marathon.  I got accepted into the race in late 2007 but deferred my place until this year.  You can read about my recent training in a previous posting but this is how the weekend unfolded… Saturday morning it was off to Bushy parkrun where I was taking photos and generally trying to relax and take it easy.  Followed by a catchup

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2008 Running Summary – David

The end of 2008 has arrived and its time to look back at this years running (and triathlon).  The 2007 summary is also available. 2008 has been up/down/up/down because of injury with the main problems around March and November.  Other than that I’ve managed to get some good training in and squeezed out a couple of PB’s (personal bests). My total mileage was 1028 (compared with 1320 in 2007), with an average weekly mileage of 19.6 miles.  My highest weekly

The Stragglers Cabbage Patch 4 – 26 December 2008

As predictable as running 5k in Bushy Park on Christmas Day, on Boxing Day the local race is the Cabbage Patch 4, based from the Cabbage Patch pub in Twickenham. I first ran this in 2006 and had a pretty good run (finished in 24:40 and 8th out of 64).  In 2007 I was flying and ran a superb race, finishing 3rd overall in a time of 23:08.  Because of my lack of training (and indeed running!) over the past

Cabbage Patch 10 – 19 October 2008

Since twisting my ankle four weeks ago I was never going to have a good run here (that is, if I even made it to the start line).  I had two weeks off of running, and the past two weeks Sharon and I have been away on holiday and although I managed to do some running (with no ankle pain), it was tough going in 30+ degree heat. I ran the Bushy Parkrun (the new name for the Bushy Park