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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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...

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...