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I started this blog when I got a ballot place in VLM 2011, I've kept it going (sometimes with biggish gaps) ever since and have changed the title occasionally to reflect how I think things are changing for me. The latest title is to promote my training plan which is a user friendly guide to training for endurance events focussing on diet.

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Jersey Farm parkrun and St Ne...

Two months since my last post here so I’m well overdue for this. Being part of the realbuzz support team at the London Marathon back in April gave me such a buzz.  I hadn’t bothered entering the ballot for the last two years having had five years of re...

London Duathlon 2018

Duathlon. Running and cycling combined.  My two favourite past times (active ones at least) in one event.  What’s not to love about it?  Well, my blog from three years ago tells me that I didn’t have the greatest day there last time I tried it.  I had ...

Deep Purple

Oh wow! What can I say?  What a fabulous weekend!  Everyone, everywhere wore purple.  They ran, some fast, some not so fast but they ran. Hold on..  it’s not ‘they’ it’s ‘we’. Yes, WE ran as one for a special cause.  I read Nick’s blog earlier and heck...

Up's, Down's and the Great Og...

Ah the ups and downs of trying to keep fit eh?  The feelings that most of us are familiar with as we try and push ourselves on to new adventures and accomplishments.   There have been a few ups and downs for me since my last posting on here. Before I...

Finally I manage an update!

I have a lot to cover here as it’s been quite a while since my last post so if you are in for the long haul and going to try and get through to the end I suggest getting a nice cuppa and a sandwich at this point.  This could take some time. As it’s ove...

An update on the long term in...

I had a lovely day out supporting at the London Marathon this year, great weather (for us spectating anyway) and great to see so many of you.  I was so inspired that I have entered the ballot for 2019 so let’s see what will happen. The pink umbrella!...

(Not the) Oakley 20

Thanks to the weather I have finally got some time to sit down and write this latest piece, and also try to catch up with your blogs too. The weather does seem to have played more of a part this winter than the last few, I certainly was out on two whee...

The first weekend in March

‘Let’s hope that there is no snow to interfere with my plan’ is how I finished the post last time.  Well there has been snow and ice this week although that is not the only reason that I have not run a step this week.  My right achilles has given me gr...

Hillingdon Half Marathon. Th...

I messed up the dates a bit, I planned to do the Gade Valley 17 as a precursor to the Oakley 20 but also entered the Hillingdon Half marathon which I thought was the week before Gade. Not so.  Which is why I found myself the only Strider on a cold brig...

I had forgotten how hard runn...

Now back home after the warm weather training it was time to get focussed on running again. The last month had been all about parkrun but running 5k isn’t going to get me too far in my pursuit of this year’s Oakley 20 hoodie.  Time to start increasing ...

Torrens parkrun

Having left WA on Thursday, I arrived in Adelaide SA and brought with me some proper English summer weather.  Apparently, it was 40c before I turned up, that soon dropped to 21c and frequent showers, no sign of the sun at all. That meant that the lates...

Lake Joondalup parkrun

Another new (for me) venue for the latest parkrun.  This time Lake Joondalup, located in a park next to the lake itself.   Joondalup is a northern suburb of Perth in WA, this parkrun has been established for around 3 years now and there was a larger cro...

2017 summary and two parkruns

It’s my last post of 2017 and time to remember what happened during the past year. A check of Strava tells me that I have cycled 2,652 miles in over the last 12 months and run a total of 201 miles, most of that in the last couple of months since I star...

Another new thing!

As I mentioned last time I had an MRI scan appointment at Hemel Hempstead General Hospital, that has happened and I am now awaiting the outcome.  Whatever it is I won’t let it stop me. If you have read any of my previous posts you will know that I do l...

So happy to be running!

How good does running make you feel?  I am so enjoying it! Since I started my comeback around 6 weeks ago I have tried to run three times a week.  Tuesday evenings at the club session, mostly doing track work to try and get some strength and speed back...

Time on my hands...

This has taken ages to compose, I thought that I would have plenty of time on my hands to keep my blog updated but as it turns out I haven’t.  Let me explain. A couple of Saturdays as you most probably know from other blogs on here was a realbuzz meet ...

A few things to catch up on

Since the London Surrey 100 I have been struggling with a lower back pain, it is a regular occurring problem and I have been referred for physiotherapy in the past. I do manage most of the time to keep it under control but flare ups can come out of now...

RideLondon-Surrey 100

I had been increasing my weekly mileage as part of the training, the final full week I notched up 156 miles, then a final 65 miles just before the big day meaning that I would have my biggest week’s mileage for the year, assuming that I got around the f...

The Chiltern 100 2017

Looking back at my blog and a couple of years ago I wrote about my first attempt at the Chiltern 100 and my second attempt at conquering the Whiteleaf climb.  It wasn’t the greatest day and the score stood now at Whiteleaf 2-0 Marc. I have been riding ...

HU5k, The Great Oggie Run

Well having the two Daves blogging just before is a hard act to follow, especially when they are ultras and this is just about a 5k! Not any old 5k mind you, this is now a permanent fixture in the realbuzz calendar, my third time there and certainly no...

Some cycling and other bits

Apparently the realbuzz photo uploader works so that’s enough to inspire me to put some words together and then I can share some pictures.  I hope that I am not going to be disappointed! A quick injury update to start with – hamstring tendons are slowl...

Dulwich parkun - another buzz...

It was an early start last Saturday morning, I cycled the couple of miles to the station and caught the 7.14 train to Herne Hill.  From Herne Hill station to Dulwich Park was a 10 minute cycle according to Google maps and so I set off on two wheels thr...