Nick is Beacon’s marathon man

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Nick is Beacon’s marathon man

Five-times marathon runner, including London in 2015. Still chasing that elusive sub-4 hour time!

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50,000 steps in the right dir...

That felt better.  A return to Chester three years after I first ran the marathon there and it remains by far my most successful hunting ground. In my head, I had decided that this was going to be an experimental marathon.  I wanted to try out a new st...

It’s just a training run

I know what it looks like.  The race number and chip, the booklet, you’d be forgiven for thinking I’d put a late entry into Sunday’s Chester Marathon. But this is just a training run. Plus a bit.  Plus 10k to be precise.  Allow me to apply some runn...

Forest Flattened

While the locations are about 100 miles apart, there was something distinctly familiar about the surroundings for yesterday’s long run traversing the woodland trail paths of Cannock Chase. Flashbacks to the Forest of Dean 'forest flat' marathon came th...

Purple Patch

How many more plays on the word ‘purple’ can we manage between us I wonder?! I thought I’d get in early with this one as the description is fairly apt for what have been a satisfying few weeks of running. Purple, of course, refers to the Buzzer meet up...

Lost and found

Almost a month after Forest of Dean I’m finally starting to get my motivation back and knuckle down to some proper training. For a while, I was struggling.  That marathon really shook me up and not just because of the physical exertion from the hills a...

‘Forest flat’

I discovered something new yesterday – that trail runners have a language all of their own.  Us road-plodding folk would take an event description of ‘flat, safe and family friendly’ as meaning minimal elevation, modest hills, predominantly level.  Sta...

Long hot summer

Little did I know before committing to a summer marathon that we’d end up with heatwave conditions right at the point when my training mileage was at its peak. I don’t actually mind running in the heat, but distances up to 20 miles have been pretty dra...

Trial by trail

Decision made.  I will be doing a summer marathon, it will be in a forest and I will be doing laps.  Four of them. OK, so the whole lap thing sucks, but everything else stacks up.  The date (5 August) gives me plenty of recovery and prep time for Snowd...

Watching can be fun too

It was with a mixture of excitement and trepidation that I loaded up the car early last Saturday morning ready to make the 100 mile journey down to Gloucestershire for the Hawkesbury Upton (HU) 5k.  I was excited because this would be my first chance t...

We’re halfway there

With all the races and parkruns taken on in recent weeks, I’d almost forgotten I was still ploughing my way through another 16 week marathon programme. But a quick glance at my planner this morning confirmed it – eight weeks completed, rounded off with...

Ease off the gas

This blog entry is more for self-reference than anything else.  It’s not here in a negative capacity.  May and into June have been fabulous running months.  I’ve really found my motivation again and, by my own standards at least, the performances have b...

Race Report: London 10,000

Now that’s what you call an enjoyable Bank Holiday weekend. Forget sitting in traffic jams or traipsing around the shops, for me this was all about lacing up and having a crack at some fast runs (well, ‘fast’ by own standards – there are plenty out ther...

Watch for the lights…

As a lifelong motorsport fan, getting me to run twice around the hallowed asphalt of the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit was never going to be a particularly hard-sell. The occasion was the Silverstone 10k put on by Silson Athletics Club.  It’s been goi...

Decisions, decisions…

Inspired by people’s achievements at a particularly tough London Marathon, and encouraged by my own performance at Manchester last month, I’ve started to look at the possibility of squeezing in another big event before Snowdonia. There isn’t that much ...

My secret marathon

It’s confession time.  Regular running and distance work over the winter did have a purpose after all and that was to make the start line for Sunday’s 2018 Greater Manchester Marathon. I made the decision to run – my comeback marathon, if you like – at...

Getting egg-cited

Torturous Easter puns aside, it’s going to be a fairly quick blog update this week.  What I’m looking forward to is having some free time on Easter Sunday to take part in a local 10k race around the Chasewater reservoir in Staffordshire (twice around it...

Sweet sixteen

Everything went according to plan for my post-snowmageddon return to running, with a 35 mile week, 16 mile long run and no injury concerns.  What a relief to be able to type that.  Note to self, go easy on the ice skating and don’t give in to pester pow...

Give it a rest

As the Beast from the East begins to bite, I’ve decided to err on the side of caution and take my first rest week since Christmas.  It’s not directly linked to the weather – running in the wind and cold doesn’t bother me all that much as long as there’s...

Cold, cold half

Sunday saw the inaugural Leicestershire Half Marathon take place at Prestwold Hall near Loughborough.  New to the calendar, it was also my first stab at 13.1 miles since last October’s Birmingham Marathon. I had been building up steadily to this one si...

Hit and miss

They may have been describing football when they christened it ‘a funny old game’, but right now it captures how I’m feeling about running.  I honestly can’t work out if I’m still carrying injuries from last year or not.  Mileage-wise, I am definitely ...

Back on it

It was Christmas week when I decided to resume regular running, cautiously optimistic that my injuries were healed and I could look forward to some better race experiences in 2018. So I’m back on it – four times a week, adding distance gradually and mi...

Challenge accepted

After reading blogs about it for three years on the bounce and finding nothing but positive accounts from both runners and spectators alike, I decided to do some research into the Realbuzz marathon-of-choice that is Snowdonia. A few Buzzers have been e...

Lark in the park

So that’s what all the fuss is about.  I guess over a million runners can’t be wrong, so on Saturday I finally broke my parkrun duck and headed to Sandwell Valley in West Bromwich for a 5k dash in the drizzle. My brother has got back into running recen...

The waiting game

In terms of a running blog, this post really won’t take very long at all.  I took part in the Birmingham International Marathon just over four weeks ago and it was only on Monday night that I finally decided to put my trainers on again.  The end! More ...