Nick is Beacon’s marathon man

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Nick is Beacon’s marathon man

Eight-times marathon runner, including London in 2015 and now Snowdonia. Still chasing that elusive sub-4 hour time!

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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...

Now I understand

As I drove along the A4086 towards Llanberis and made a sharp right turn at Pen Y Pass I got my first visual clue that the Snowdonia Marathon was imminent.  A ‘road closure’ warning sign, which to the uninitiated like me meant one of two things – eithe...

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...