Friday thoughts #2: Irrelevance is not a bad thing


Whenever I am asked to recite a running anecdote I have a vast bucket of mental yarns to dip into. We all have great wee stories that can get a reaction ranging from belly laughs to boaking and everything in between. One of my favourites is from a tortuous Edinburgh Marathon from god knows what…

Friday thoughts #1: Goals!


Mindset plays a massive part in achieving your running goals. There is no two ways about it. For many it will be the pass or fail factor when it comes down to what they end up realising. I’ve written before about knowing what you want and having a true hunger for that. Today, well, it’s…

The things that help me get up, get out and get running


The grating noise of an effective alarm clock is one familiar to a lot of runners, as is the need for ninja stealth either late at night or early morning. Balancing good training with life, love and work can be the single hardest challenge a runner faces. Especially when you account for the additional, non-running…

My five favourite running moments of 2016


Sometimes a personal blog can be all about yourself. I guess that is inevitable. It is easy to get caught in the trap of talking about your own experiences so much that your forget there are other things going on. Other achievements being had. Other experiences being made. I was mulling this over on my…

Race Report: Self Transcendence 24 Hour Race


Bold. Very bold. That was the words used by both my coach and crew when we came up with the Tooting 24 plan. And they weren’t talking soap powder. In November last year, Paul Giblin and I met in Pret on Bothwell Street, Glasgow. I had a white coffee and a quinoa dish. Paul something…

Book Review: Sherlock Holmes and the Necronomicon by Sylvain Cordurié, Laci


Holmes and Lovecraft, that’s a cool pairing. Like Rene and Renato, or Wurzel and Aunt Sally. In this ambitious graphic novel, Sylvain Cordurié and Laci combine to bring us beautifully drawn yet sadly unfulfilling story. The artwork is tremendous, more Lovecraft than Doyle in its feel. The drawings of places like the Crystal Palace and London’s…