A time to reflect and look ahead


Three weeks ago today – almost to the minute as I type this (given the time difference) – I was just about to start the Rocky Raccoon 100 in Texas. That day went pretty well, and since then I have had a few podcasts, web interviews and a couple of other wee things to do…

Race Report: Rocky Raccoon 100


“Ma da’ says you’ve to run your heart out…”  Those were the last words said to me by Cookie on the course. It was around mile 93 at the Damnation aid station where he’d stood all day. The instruction was simple in words but tough in body. But, an immediate sense of urgency washed over…

My first marathon experience


Want to hear about my first marathon? Way back in 2001, or was it 2002? I seriously can’t remember. It doesn’t matter. It was in Rotterdam. Me and mate, Dodsy, went over to do this race. It was April and it was roasting. The same day as London Marathon if I recall correctly. We chose…

Vlog, From Croy to Rocky Raccoon


I have been putting out fortnightly vlogs as I train towards Rocky Raccoon 100. The race, 100 miles in Huntsville State Park, Texas, will be my first ultra in the U.S. and thus I wanted to record a diary to capture the lead up. You can access the latest video, Episode 6 at the link…

365/366: Last long one of 2016


Brute of a run today. In readiness for #rr100 I picked a 7 mile loop to run 5 times. It mimics the conditions as best as I can from thousands of miles away. A planked bag with #tailwind and #trekbars plus a banana acted as my aid station. On a positive note I got waves…

364/366: Cold hands


Some after run work this morning, done in the street outside my house. Cars pass on the main road and I am sure drivers must mutter #wtf but I rarely see anyone on the station side, perhaps as doing stuff like this pre-6am after the morning run is early enough to beat the AM commuters…