Nick is Beacon’s marathon man

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Nick is Beacon’s marathon man

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

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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 ...

Man of steel

Do you ever get slightly unnerved by shuffle mode on your music player?  I mean, I know it’s entirely random and whatever comes up from those thousands of digital files is just luck of the draw, but how is it that my iPod can sometime judge the mood of ...

A change of scene

They say a change is as good as a rest, so I tried something different for this week’s long run.  Instead of cramming in the miles early doors on a Sunday morning, I made arrangements to drop my daughter off with her granny on the Saturday instead and h...

Twist and shout

I’ve tried to retain my sense of humour over this little episode and, it has to be said, things could have been an awful lot worse. Picture the scene… I’m four miles into a seven mile Sunday morning tempo run and on the cusp of completing the biggest w...