And…I’m Back

(Breath) I have no excuses for not updating my blog over the past few months, and I’m a bit disappointed by my lack of blogging. However, to be blunt, I didn’t feel that I had anything of note to write about. Running was not going very well, and although I didn’t technically stop running, I…

Sun Running

The weather in the UK is hot at the moment. I shouldn’t complain, I like sitting in the sun and spend a high proportion of my life moaning about being too cold, praying for some heat. So here it is, in all its extreme glory. ¬†I must stress that individuals from outside of the UK,…

Joe Moran Meeting 2017

The 10th Joe Moran meeting was held at Sportcity, last week. The meeting is hosted annually by my club, Manchester Harriers, and is a Track & Field competition solely for vets (so ‘unfortunately’ I am not able to compete…yet.) The meeting always attracts a high attendance and offers club athletes a chance to compete in…

Marple parkrun

We did Marple parkrun for the first time, on 27th May – excuse the delay! Our baptism also coincided with their 5th birthday, celebrations all around then. Marple parkrun takes place in Brabyns park, in (you’ve guessed it) Marple. The run is 2 loops of mostly grass and a sort of dirt path, and involves…

Great Manchester

The Great Run Manchester 10k is an annual event that attracts thousands of runners to the city and provides a fun day for everyone. I have completed the run 5 times, under various guises including runner ‘Q’, and volunteered as a marshal. The thing that amuses me most about the run, is how everyone you…

Leadership in Running Fitness

I am now a qualified Leadership in Running Fitness (LiRF) person – awaiting my licence from England Athletics. Don’t panic I had to do an all day course to gain this qualification, they haven’t just decided to give it to me. In fact, yesterday (on a Sunday even) I had to attend a 9-5 course,…

Track has commenced

The weather is picking up, as much as is possible, and this can only mean one for runners in the UK: the return of track and field. Who doesn’t love running round in circles in front of everyone? Sprinter and distance runner unite under a common aim, to get as many points as possible to…

Awards Evening 2017

Manchester Harriers’ annual awards evening provides an opportunity for club members to celebrate their running achievements over the past year. Members eagerly gather with anticipation to wait and hear if they have received an award – followed by the even more eagerly awaited trophy size comparison exercise (mostly male participants). Will the V45 3rd Cross…

First Race of 2017

The original plan for 2017 had been to not worry about running until all the studying was out the way, then assess how bad things had got and go from there. So fast forward to a quarter of the way through the year and here I am, running pretty much back to square one –…

The Return

I confess to neglecting my blog over the past few weeks. This negligence¬†was not out of laziness but due to having to prioritise my dissertation. The dissertation was 20,000 words of joy and anguish, and as all good students do I seemed to have left everything to the last minute or at least had been…

From Wilmslow with love

The year was 2015, the time was 90 minutes 18 seconds, and the athlete was me. Wilmslow Half Marathon provided the setting for one of my best runs to date. The performance shocked me, especially as I didn’t look at my watch until I had one mile left to go. The race was in preparation…

First time tail runner

Tail running, probably not a role I would have previously associated with myself. However, the act of tail running intrigued me, you get to move around unlike other marshalling roles and you can keep the person at the back company and offer support. Furthermore, as part of my mission to reach 50 parkruns by the…