The Tubby Runster - The Road To London 2021

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The Tubby Runster - The Road To London 2021

Do you like tubby blokes? Do you like tubby, middle aged running blokes? Do you like watching people suffer?

If you can answer yes to all of those questions, this could be the blog for you. After an injury at the London Marathon 2015 (and the subsequent struggle to reach the finish) saw me retire from running after 5 marathons, 2019 has seen me sign up to do it all again.

Am I stupid? Will I triumph or will I fail? **** knows, but I'll record the whole car crash here for your delight. Come along for the ride and follow me on Insta (@tubbyrunster) to see how it all pans out.

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Sweaty Betty

I don’t know if it was the heat, the humidity, a lack of water or plain old running anxiety but I just wasn’t feeling it today. It took me a good couple of miles and walk breaks to get into my rhythm but once there I plodded along and hit my target: so ...

Getting Ahead

When we last saw our intrepid tubby fella he had boldly printed out a marathon training plan without a thought for his own personal safety. That's the kind of guy he is. With all kinds of bluster about 'getting ahead' before the training plan starts on...

I’m Back!

When we last saw our intrepid, tubby hero he’d signed up for the London Marathon 2020 but then, BANG! Covid! 2 postponements of the race led to me walking the virtual race in October 2020 which er, wasn’t quite the same. Well, since then I’ve been main...


Well that's it. My 6th 'London' Marathon is in the bag and the medal is in the post. As I sit here licking my numerous wounds, it is without the recollection of the atmosphere, the sights & sounds and the emotions that a supportive London crowd brin...


Well the hottest day of the year arrived and after a day of parenting, homeschooling & manual labour outside I sensed the impetus to get out for my planned run slipping away. However as I sat in the garden gazing at the sky (looking in vain for a...


Outbreak! Hey runsters! We're living in unprecedented times, including the unprecedented use of the word unprecedented. No surprise then, that the London Marathon comittee has taken the unprecedented step of postponing this year's race until 4th Octob...