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We’ve all woken up in a very strange new world, the same world that some of our friends around the world have already been in for some time.  But lets not dwell on what we can’t do for the time being, and look to those things that we can do. I’ve started up a Just…

YouTube

Unprecedented times call for unprecedented measures…. so I’ve set up a YouTube channel!  Shock horror, not only am I in print but now also in live action.  Please accept my apologies.  So why am I inflicting my verbal ramblings on the world now?  As more and more things are shut down around us including social…

Races at Risk

You might be able to try and avoid the illness but you certainly can’t avoid the news stories flying around about coronavirus disease (COVID-19). It’s unprecedented certainly in my lifetime, I’ve never experienced anything quite like it.  A global pandemic affecting every nation around the world.  Yes there is a certain degree of hysteria and…

The Best Post-Race Cakes

Cake. Forget interviews with famous runners, gear reviews and training tips; cake is what you really want to talk about.  It’s one of the key reasons why many of us even run at all, so we can eat more lovely cake.  A high proportion of this tasty treat is indulged post-race and especially so at…

Jo Meek Q&A

Sitting in my office with my laptop open, a notepad, one phone poised ready to record and the other to make a call – starting to feel a little like a sport’s correspondent! I’m waiting to telephone Jo Meek who is kindly giving up her time to let me ask her a few questions.  Jo…

Picking the Best Race Fuel

Anyone else out there as mind boggled as me when it comes to working out which race fuels to try? There are gels and jellys, powders and drinks, and even the option of concocting your own or just using real food.  We have a limited amount of carbohydrate stores in the body, even if you…

Nicky Spinks Q&A

It’s 0730am on a bright frosty Thursday morning in Catterick, Sheffield. I’ve pulled into the almost empty Morrison’s supermarket car park, not the most obvious venue to be meeting a fell running legend.  Expecting I might be the first to arrive I make my way inside with the other bleary eyed early morning shoppers and…

Winter Running

At this time of year I see this question crop up a lot on social media; how to keep motivation for running going through winter? It’s dreary, cold, often wet, usually dark and sometimes icy.  None of this is conducive to dragging your carcass out of a warm cosy bed to pull your trainers on…

Sexism and Running UPDATE

Back in October I shared a blog post about Sexism in Running after learning about 2 races happening on the same weekend which didn’t offer the same prize structure to male and female athletes. This generated quite a lot of buzz on social media about a topic which has been discussed at depth many many…

Sexism and running

Gender disparity in sport is a subject which crops up frequently.  In many ways, we’ve moved on quite far from where we were at the beginning of my lifetime, when there wasn’t even a women’s Olympic marathon event until 1984.  Last week I was looking into the Snowdonia Marathon aka Marathon Eryri, which was run on 26th October…

Mental Health

I saw this morning the tragic news that runner Ian Gorin, who retired from the Hardmoors 60 race on Saturday 14th September and then subsequently went missing, has been found deceased having taken his own life.  I didn’t know Ian, but from everything I have read he had a loving family and from all accounts…

Taking Stock

The end of the summer season always feels like a natural place to take stock of things, thinking back to how the past running year has gone and looking ahead to future goals. For me this summer season has felt quite challenging. I came into the year with uncertain expectations.  Previously in summer 2018 my…