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One foot after the other...

...it is a simple mantra but if I can keep it going for 4 1/2 hours it should get me home.

Six years ago I ran the London Marathon. That is pretty much sufficiently long ago to forget about the pain and hardship and to put on a stone and a half. Add in an Achilles rupture 18 months ago the arrival of two wonderful daughters, less and less exercise and a likening for crisps and you can see that I have put in the best preparation over those six years to tackle another 26 miles 385 yards.

I can feel the pain already.

I'm running for Pancreatic Cancer UK, following my father's diagnosis and subsequent treatment and will be raising funds along the way.

 Half Marathon PB : 1hr 54mins 20secs (see below)

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£10,000 target HIT for PCUK

I am delighted to announce that I have officially broken the £10,000 fundraising target, including gift aid. Total raised to date £10,167.98.   I have a further £697 to pay in and another few hundred pounds to collect so here's to £11,000.......   All m...

Heroes Run and a Guinness Wor...

Well, the extremely hot marathon is over and I am trying to pursuade myself that my knees are in fact fully recovered so I have no excuse to get back down the gym today. No more reasons to keep the trainers in the bag or avoid buying a sports drink in t...

Marathon Report and Sunday in...

As a build up to my report below I thought I would first give you race in numbers: 35,000 - runners entered 7,100 - money I've raised to date 6,038 - runners needing medical attention 640 - number of my muscles hurting at the end 78 - minutes it took m...

"Do my knees hurt in anticipa...

23rd April - 3 days to go "Do my knees hurt in anticipation or should I be worried?" Perhaps paranoia is starting to get the best of me but with my back and ribs needing a physio session yesterday I an starting to worry about the smallest things. I look...

4 days to go - thoughts and a...

22nd April - 4 days to go Sunday's marathon is fast approaching and I am down to short 10/15 mins runs to keep me ticking over. I have completed 4 half marathons, a 16 mile race, numerous training runs and endured mountainous courses from Hell,  blister...

Taper Relief

Doesn't time fly! Less than two weeks until London and the usual question of "have I done enough" keeps ticking over in my mind. Whatever the case nothing is going to change in the next 10 days so best concentrate on the all important Taper and make sur...

Lashings and lashings of enth...

Well, I saw sun and not rain (as predicted) this weekend and it pretty much sums up my general mood on the running front.   The last three weeks have seen my final two half marathons (Hastings and Marlow) completed in sub 2 hours and a 15-16 mile run ye...

Charity Raffle - help needed!...

I am planning a London raffle to raise further funds for PCUK - if anyone has contacts who might sponsor a prize let me know. [email protected] We are trying to keep prize sponsors to London firms as there is then the potential for them to get...

Up Close & Personal - Race 2:...

You will remember that last week's race at Tunbridge Wells almost broke me. Too fast a start and a couple of monster hills sending me as close to runners' hell as I'd like to get. I promised myself that this week would be different. Brain and not brawn ...

Photos and Radio Clip

I have loaded a few photos taken in the garden with the PCUK gear and sponsor logos etc. You'll find them in my Photos and Videos section. Also, for those with a little spare time here is the link to the two news reports on BBC Southern Counties Radio. ...

Radio Support - BBC Southern ...

Well, I must say that I am pretty chuffed to be getting interest in my campaign. The Newsdesk at BBC Southern Counties have just interviewed me and should be including a piece in their news updates between now and Sunday when Brighton kicks off. Website...

Sussex Express takes an interest

I am delighted that the Sussex Express have picked up my story and will be running an article in next week's paper.

Who`s idea was this?? Tunbrid...

Tunbridge Wells 1/2 Marathon. 15th February 2009 That was, without doubt, the closest I have been to total hell in the 34 years I have been on God`s earth. We can skip past the fact that anyone wanting to run for 13.1 miles might be slightly unbalanced ...

It must be time for the vasel...

This Sunday is my first race (Tunbridge Wells half marathon) and every now and then I am getting memory flashes of everything I should be doing before the race... Race t-shirt sponsored by mOma foods?  - Arrived in the post yesterday. Energy stores? - ...

Now I'm getting it...

"Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning." Churchill, 1942. When I ran the marathon last time (over six years ago) the training suddenly got a whole lot easier as I found my body cou...

LONDON CALLING - mOma foods s...

Get your breakfast from mOma! I am delighted to say that mOma foods are now on board my challenge and have agreed to make a charitable donation to Pancreatic Cancer UK and provide my race and training t-shirts. Thank you, Thank you. I made contact with ...