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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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...

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...