Nick is Beacon’s marathon man

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Nick is Beacon’s marathon man

Twelve-times marathon runner, including London in 2015 and two memorable visits to Snowdonia. Still chasing that elusive sub-4 hour time!

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Finally racing again

While everyone who towed the start line of the 2020 Beachy Head Marathon had to work incredibly hard to reach the finish, I think most would concede that the biggest achievers of the day were the organisers and volunteers. With so many events postponed...

The Need for Speed

Ever since my trip to Alpha Sports over the summer to get gait analysis done for the first time in years, I’ve been like a hungry child loitering around a sweet shop. They confirmed I was no longer over-pronating to any meaningful degree.  In fact, on ...

My new normal

The use of the word ‘unprecedented’ in describing the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has in itself been nothing short of, well, unprecedented. Similarly words such as furlough, PPE, lockdown, shielding, peak and curve have embedded themselves into our ve...

And then everything changed

I haven't updated the blog for a while because I knew my next post would be my 100th. I wanted to make sure I had something memorable to write about. Yeah, great one Nick. Be careful what you wish for... At first it was going to be a race report on the...

Further, not faster

That's the mantra for 2020 as I shift my focus away from time chasing and take on my first ultra. Yes, the unticked box from last year will get addressed, although I'll have to wait until July and the start of the Serpent Trail Race before I can grab m...

Unfinished business

I was starting to wonder if I'd perhaps left my laptop somewhere up mount Snowdon seeing as that weekend was the last time I managed to get the blog updated. But no, instead it's been gathering dust in the cupboard, save for a few boot-ups to get some o...

The difficult second album

My first visit to the marathon in the mountains was most definitely my running highlight of 2018. A course I wasn't sure I was strong enough to conquer was duly completed and in a time I'm still very proud of today, comfortably beating the initial targ...

Embrace the positives

This year’s Chester Marathon didn’t go according to plan. Not for the first time, the course bit me. Not for the first time, it left me floored (literally) at the finish line. Not for the first time, it forced me to seek help from another runner and, in...

His and hers

Two days, two 5k runs, two very different agendas, two great outcomes. The first of these runs wasn’t planned.  I enjoyed a rare night out on Friday, although with the Chester Marathon being only a week away I made the sensible decision to drive and st...

Half-pint marathon

Our regular Sunday morning trips to junior parkrun have been continuing throughout the summer and it was shortly before the start of the school holidays that Izzy was awarded her half marathon wristband. These are issued as an incentive to the junior r...

Pride, pain, procrastination ...

It's been months since my last post, but I'm pretty sure those four words capture the main developments since May and indeed the rough order in which they happened. I'll be honest, keeping the blog up to date was becoming an effort. My running, althoug...

Loving angels instead

If you're a distance runner, particularly one like me who is prone to crashing in the latter stages of a marathon, then the Race Angel concept is (with apologies for the pun) something of a godsend. It epitomises everything that is great about the runn...

Brighton rocked

It’s funny the things that go through your mind when you’re running, especially long distance.  Four and a bit miles into the 26.2 that made up the Brighton Marathon and I’m having a debate with myself.  Is it good luck or bad luck when a bird poos on ...

Beside the seaside

This week I’ll be packing my bag and heading to the coast to take on my next marathon at Brighton.  The journey down south definitely feels like the easy part compared with the rollercoaster ride of winter training.  I’ve had it all – bad weather, myst...

Comeback kid

I accept that my credentials as a ‘kid’ are somewhat flimsy, however there’s no denying the change in my performance – and mindset – from one week to the next does constitute a very satisfying return to form. Before we get into the detail, firstly I wa...

Captain sensible

Something isn’t right with my marathon training at the moment.  To slightly misquote the late, great Eric Morecambe (and with a nod to the recently departed André Previn): I’m doing all the right runs, but not necessarily in the right order. Things cam...

Down with the kids

It may only have been a couple of kilometres long and twice as slow as my usual pace, but I had one of my most satisfying runs in months on Sunday. This was my first outing with Izzy to junior parkrun, a version of the weekly event we all know and love...

Calling a timeout

And it had been going so well…  But after Saturday’s outing to cold and frosty parkun at Walsall Arboretum, I’ve been left nursing a sore hamstring. Nothing happened during the run itself.  In fact at just over 21 minutes it was a pretty solid performa...

Target acquired

Well the planned end of year retrospective blog never quite materialised. What with all the festivities, playing taxi service for my daughter, a couple of days in work and the start of a new training programme (yes, I did manage to run through Christmas...

Keep on keeping on

For what is pretty much the first time this year, I’m not marathon training. No programme to follow, no distances to log, no cross training or carb loading. In theory I should probably be resting post-Snowdon and giving my body a break. But running so f...