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The first Virgin London Marathon on 25th April 2010 was, I think, my 19th marathon, I'm now on 21 - a journey which started with the Pony British Marathon in Bolton in August in 1981. Which I entered as a fit (cocky) young footballer who had done 3 training runs!!  Yes you read that correctly 3 training runs and not surprisingly I finished in 5:05 but thinking that if I trained properly I could go quicker.

I soon learnt how to do it right, thanks to a group of runners at Oldham & Royton Harriers, the Club I still belong to and where I coach the road runners. By the following June (1982) they had me running sub 3 hours after teaching me how to train and how to race. Now I try to pass that knowledge on to others at the Club, at work and on here - you only have to ask.

My marathon times range from that 5:05 to the 2:50:25 I ran at the 1983 London marathon the third one and the 30th London saw me running 3:33 - a lot of 3s in there for some reason! Now in my 50s (56 last May) I'm not getting quicker although over the last few years I've run 3:30:05 in London 2008, 3:27:53 in Belfast 2009, 3:33:00 at 2010 VLM so fairly consistent, then I blew up at VLM 2011 with 3:48 and for 2012 I paced one of the runners I coach, running the very wet Greater Manchester Marathon in 3:45.  Next target will be London 2013 as I deferred my entry for 2012.

I love running and helping runners and I'm a big fan of running Clubs, having been a member of one for over 30 years. Anyone who wants any help just ask!

Happy running!

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Double day Monday

Another double day to start the week and my lunchtime run was with Rob as Jo S and Debi had both gone out early on the 4.1 miles route. Rob and I were making the route up as we went along and set off on a flattish section and through the first mile in a...

Steady Sunday run

Today's run was the finish of an easy week for me and I met Lindsey R and Michelle near the club and I'd planned a run that took in a loop of the Milltown 10k that we're doing on the 23rd June. The route I planned took us up a steady incline for the fir...

Easy recovery day

After yesterday's hard session of mile reps I needed today's recovery session to get the aches out of my legs. It was very hot today in Halifax and I was joined by Helen Y, Genelle, Rob and a little late by Nicky who caught us up in the park about half ...

Double day Thursday

Today's double started with a good run at lunch with Farhana and we did 3.1 miles which was just a little further than yesterday's run - but today there was no walking. We kept a steady pace all the way including on the long climb for the first mile. Fa...

Easy recovery day

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Manchester 10k and training

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Recovery day

After yesterday's tough session I was tired today so planned a steady run for lunch today. I was joined by Jo S, Mikala and Helen Y and we set off in the coldest, wettest, windiest weather of this glorious British summer! It made running hard work and a...

Third double day of the week

Another double day started with a steady lunchtime run with Zena on a 4.0 mile route. There was the usual crowd out - 10 of us running over 34 miles to take us to a new record for a week's mileage of 166 miles with one day still to go. Zena and I set of...

Double day Wednesday!

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Big day for running in Halifax

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Double day Monday

This was a good day for me running and coaching.  Running because my niggly groin strain seems to be clearing up so hopefully I can start working a little harder in training. And for coaching, well read for yourself. I was out at lunch with Helen and ha...

Sunday run

Today I'd planned a 10k run for Michelle and Lindsey N who are doing the Great Manchester Run next Sunday and Lindsey R was joining us. And I also picked up Emma from work who's training for the Great North Run in September. WE set off steady and the pl...

Easy-ish day

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Double day Thursday

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Faster running

With most of the group out of the office today and Mikala, Sarah and Azam going early to be back for meetings it left just me and Rob to run a 4.1 mile route. We set off up the long first mile climb and as we were on our own we just relaxed and ran or o...

Recovery day

After yesterday's double day I took the opportunity to have a recovery day today. There were a few of us out at lunchtime - Matt and Ed were doing the tough 4.2 miles that I'd done yesterday, Debi and Jo S did 3.6 miles, myself and Pat did 3.36 miles wh...

Double day Monday

Back to a double day today starting with a lunchtime run with Matt and Mikala and we worked out a new route as we went along. This route included a long downhill to start with out of Halifax towards Elland. We then headed towards Copley before turning u...

Long time no post...

Thanks to all the people who've asked me to start writing my blog again, it's taken a while to get over London - mentally not physically. And I need to arrange a trip to the podiatrist. I've still been running and coaching - only short easy runs as when...

DNF and the walk of shame...

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Last session before Sunday

Tonight at the club I was joined by Sara, Kirsty, Abbie, Lindsey, Darren, Dom and Andrew for a simple out and back session. AS it was my last session I wasn't going to run this one hard. We were doing 20 minutes out then turning and running back faster....

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