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A nice cup of tea makes it stop hurting

Once upon a time there was a little chap who had been grilling it for too many years and made his doctor sad.

Then he ran his frst 10k (57:35 if you're interested) to get fit and discovered he quite liked it. Now some years later he really quite likes running andactually found out he was quite good at it too.

It changed my life and clears my head and hope it works for you too.

Run on Raramuri

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A Tale of two races (part 2)

So a couple of days on from the struggle at the Banbury 15 and my legs were shot, I mean absolutely battered. A mix of hills (up and down) and three weeks or off of training, and they felt like I’d run a marathon then been punched in the quads by Jens V...

A Tale of two races (part 1)

So obviously when coming off of an injury that has been niggling for ages with no great sign of improvement the best thing to do is just do races instead of training.The start of the Oxfordshire Road Race grand prix season began on Sunday at the Banbury...

End of the XC now one for the...

So after the debacle at Bramley I had decided to reward my efforts with some time off and try and rest and mend this groin injury so 10 days off a 4 miler and another couple of days off and I was improving. I certainly wasn’t mended but it was getting s...

Debacle at de Bramley

The Bramley 20 is an excellent pre-marathon training race, and often the best way to motivate yourself for a 20 mile training run (they’re so boring on your own). But it’s really not much fun when you’re a little bit broken. I’ve been carrying a bit of ...

Let’s take the positives from...

Over the years this blog has become more of a race diary than anything else with most of my posts just being race reports. Therefore I’ve been absent for an eternity.Forgive me Lord Coe. It’s been over two months since my last confession.Two months whic...

End of year review 2013

A bit early for the end of the year perhaps but I’m pretty certain I’m not going to race another one before the end of 2013. So here, for my own amusement and reference, is my review of the years races. Jan 6th - County XC ChampionshipsGood run, enjoya...

Eynsham 10k and the end of th...

And so another season on the road comes to an end, that’s not to say that there won’t be some more races run before the NewYear but all the ones that score points are done and dusted. The last race was Sunday’s Eynsham 10k, last of the grand prix season...

Du or Du not there is no tri.

Here’s my tip for the day – if you decide to do your first duathlon (and an off-road one at that) then maybe, just maybe get on your bike more than four times in 12 months prior to the race…just an idea.Not one I chose to take any heed of, of course. In...

Creeping Death

Maybe I’m being a little melodramatic but the tides of time feel like they are catching up with me, and I’m starting to feel the weight of my inexorable slide into decreptitude…which is nice. It’s a little bit galling really as my knees are creaking as ...
So a week ago I was tunnelling under the kitchen table (as you do, when you have a two year old) and I felt something pop in my knee. Something that would hamper me every time I flexed my leg beyond a certain point and put any weight through it. Usually...

Hanney 5 Race Report 2013

One more race down and just two left in this seasons Oxfordshire Grand Prix.A twelve-point lead going into it and a very good chance that I would lose the lead (I know my limits and exactly why I’m in first place – the people below me have run less race...

Long run or a race?

That’s the question – should I run one final long run in the training before Abingdon marathon or get another race in for the speed work? Oh what the hellingsworth, I’ll do both! Finstock and Cornbury Park just happen to be about 7 miles away from my ho...

Bought it at the (Woodstock) ...

Why do I do this race every year? Because it’s our race and we haven’t got the strength in depth for me to not do it, and for us to put out our best team. Trust me as soon as I think we have four guys that will run faster than me I’m off to marshal at t...

County 10-Mile Championships

After 5 days off last week with a back strain I was raring to go over the weekend as I approached the Oxfordshire 10 mile Championships at the Witney 10 (Cotswold Classic) I decided that a loosener on the Saturday morning would be a good idea so rocked ...

(Hooky) six of the best

I like Hooky Six, it’s a great little race, well organised, great facilities and just a stone’s throw from the Hook Norton brewery so it’s always a pleasure to race there.Plus this time I had a job to do. Usually I’m mostly racing to score points for th...

Combe II (the need for speed)

Club race 201 So on the hottest day of the year we headed back to the little vllage of Combe for the latest rund in the Motavation series (not too much of a hardship for me as it is just a 2-mile jog over) not that I was hugely motivated for it, hot day...

Horn(double)ton 6

In as much as the Hornton 6 on Saturday night was my 200th race as a Harrier. No wonder I’m knackered. However to cut to the chase I was somehow disappointed. Not in the placing, or in the team performance just it seemed slow and I don’t really know why...

The Melty Man Cometh

Wonder how many people remember that title? Brilliant episode. Anyway in this case it refers to the sweaty behemoth of the Didcot 5.As Froomey repelled all borders, the Lions revelled in glory and Mr Murray took centre stage on the greatest performance/...

Combe by ah my lord

Another Motavation race this evening – the most local one for me as it is in the next village over, ideal…if only  could convince myself to want to race at Motavation races. But the rest of the guys would be out so it is only good manners for me to toss...

Toasted at Thame

Wow has it really been two weeks since I last raced? Bit of a warm one but even so it was nowhere near as hot as it has been in the past.Today was all about damage limitation, our team were a bit depleted (seriously what kind of person books their famil...

Ride a Cock Horse

To the Banbury 5.Our third outing to the East Midlands GP races, and it was one we had pedigree in having won the men’s team prize last year (and kick-starting the idea of racing some more of the East Midlands races) It’s great to be able to go out and ...

Un-Mota-vated (sic)

Don’t like Motavation races, mid-week, evening, ruins my luncheon, only running for the team otherwise I’d happily drop the series from my race calendar. Oh and I was still feeling a little tired after a good Yasso 800 session on Tuesday night. (2:44 av...

Otmoor Challenged

Saturday was a scorcher, so just about perfect conditions for the Otmoor Challenge (13.1/2 miles of mixed terrain through the Oxfordshire Countryside) it’s a real throwback to races of yore, based at a village fete, taking in the local villages, well su...

The Biblical 5k sponsored by ...

Next race up in the long list already for the year (seriously this was my fifth in 13 days) and it was the first running of the Cottisford 5k in, actually…the middle of nowhere. Oh and it just happened to be the evening when the weather decided to dump ...