5 October 2019The race director counted down and shouted “Go!” I quickly maintained the 9:00 per mile pace I wanted. Runners were soon strung out along the grassy trail. I briefly spoke to a competitor with an American accent, who had previously run a 50k race. His predicted time was several hours quicker than mine.I passed through a … Continue reading Saltmarsh Ultramarathon 2019 Race Report
Category: My Story
2019 Great Baddow 10 Mile Race
My race report from my third 10 mile race, almost beating my time from my race 13 days prior.
2019 Witham May Day 10
My race report from my second 10 mile race, achieving a new personal best from the previous year.
Winter Training 2019
Goals of Winter Training Winter training is crucial for runners of all abilities. Generally, this period is a time to build an aerobic base, without the pressure of running hard. Thankfully (for some), the early months of the year are not packed with road races for recreational runners. After 2018, which saw me suffer intermittently … Continue reading Winter Training 2019
My 2019 Running Goals
My focus for 2019 is consistent, progressive, endurance-based and injury-free running.
Strong Finish at Chelmsford 10km for Final 2018 Race
My final race of 2018 ended in a successful sprint finish, but not everything went to plan.
Fought off Injury to Finish 5th Marathon in Row
My race report from one of my slowest and most challenging marathons.
Aiming to Win a Race
Discover the race I have identified as my best chance to win, and how I will tackle the challenge.
Running 10 Miles Home
My race report from my first ever 10 mile race in my home town, achieving two important goals I set myself.
Snooker as Practice for Running
My experience playing snooker and how the cue sport can help runners.
What to do with MTSS
My current running injury and my academic research into the causes and treatments.
Racing to Celebrate Family Time
Read my report from a special race in 2012, but for reasons unrelated to running.
Why I Became a Club Runner
Discover the reasons I joined my local running club in December 2017 and the benefits I have experienced.
Why I Run: Reason 2
Discover my overriding motivation to view running as a lifelong pursuit.
My Favourite Post-Run Stretch
Discover which stretch I undertake first after a run and how I perform it.
Serious Racing at my First 5 Miler
Read my race report of my first 5 mile race on a course very familiar to me.
Why I Run in Barefoot Shoes
Discover how I became a barefoot runner and the benefits of switching from wearing running trainers.
Returning Home to Improve Half Marathon
Read my race report from my second Southend half marathon in the summer of 2016.
Why I Run: Reason 1
Discover some of the places I have run and how every run is unique.
Why I have Never Run for a Club
Discover the reasons I have never joined a running club.
How I Trained for my Quickest Marathon
Discover the flexible 24-week training plan I followed to run my fastest marathon to date in late 2017.
How I Improved from my First Marathon
Read my race report from my second marathon, where I rectified many of the mistakes I made in my first.
Smart Pacing for my First Negative Split Marathon
Discover how I ran a new marathon personal best with a negative split and enjoyed every moment of the race.
Pain and Joy After my Third Chelmsford Marathon
Learn how I executed my race strategy and my unexpected joy at my third Chelmsford Marathon.
Adapting to New Circumstances during my Second Chelmsford
Find out what I overcame to finish my second Chelmsford Marathon.
4 Marathon Firsts in Chelmsford
My race report of the first ever Chelmsford Marathon, which was held in October 2014.
5 Ways Swimming Developed My Athleticism
Discover the many ways that swimming at an early age influenced my running journey for the better.
Fear and My First Marathon
Check out the story of how I completed my first marathon in Nottingham by overcoming multiple fears.
4 Running Lessons from Playing Badminton
Find out how I began playing badminton and the four ways in which the racket sport complemented my running.
University of Essex Cross Country Championship
Discover how I performed in my first cross country run since high school and what I learnt from racing with the Olympian Dominic King.
The Benefits of Indoor Triathlons
Find out how I completed my first indoor triathlon and how you can create your own efficient test of fitness.
Race Report: Basildon 5km
Read how I performed in my first 5 km race and achieved the time I set myself.
Race Report: Southend-on-Sea 10k Classic 2012
Read my report of the Southend 10k race, where I learnt the value of older athletes.
What Tennis taught me about Running
Find out what I achieved as a tennis player growing up and the lessons I now take into my running.
Race Report: Hardwick 10km
Find out how I beat the Hardwick Hill in my race report from the Peak District.
Race Report: Bungay Black Dog Marathon 2017
Read my race report from an undulating Suffolk marathon, where I almost accomplished my dream of qualifying for the London Marathon.
The Usefulness of Indoor Rowing
Discover why rowing machines can be an effective exercise for runners but why I do not use them now.
High School Cross Country Career
Discover how I fell in love with running in high school and my achievements in cross country.
Race Report: Maldon Half Marathon 2016
Read my report of a tough half marathon race that I led for a fleeting moment.
What High School Basketball taught me about Running
Find out how I played basketball in high school, the success I achieved and what the sport taught me about my running.
My Short Track Running Career
Discover what I accomplished as a high school track runner and why I do not run on the track now.