Author Archives: Robin Harvie

About Robin Harvie

I have been running marathons for ten years. But when I couldn't around faster than 3 hours 12 minutes, I decided to see how far I could run before I keeled over. Turns out pretty far. In September 2009 I took on the Spartathlon - 152 miles from Athens to Sparta. Non stop. Why We Run is about that journey and about why we run at all.

Would anyone like to write a running book for me?

It’s almost a year since I arrived at Aurum Press to look after the sports’ list, and last week I acquired my seventh and eighth book. One on the secret swimming spots in London and the other about the crazy … Continue reading

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Speed of Light

You can’t really come to Edinburgh and not bring your trainers. Well, that’s not quite true. The first time I visited, in 1997, I ended up, for the first and last time, in a strip club. ‘Titillating and demeaning at … Continue reading

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John O’Groats to Lands End World Record Attempt

Like most of the best ideas, this was dreamt up in the pub. I’ve known Hugh Williams-Preece since the end of last year when he called me out of the blue and suggested a pint in the Red Lion pub … Continue reading

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Bin Bags at Dawn

Ideally, I would have commandeered my son. At just shy of two year’s old he has hit 11kg and is tall enough to sit comfortably on my shoulders. But the problem is that he wriggles so much that it’s hard enough … Continue reading

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Lost in Transition: Or Why I’ll Never Be a Triathlete

It took me until Sunday morning to realise that I never knew how to ride a bike. Throughout most of my life – from the age of seven, when I cycled to school, and would spend my summer evenings pretending … Continue reading

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Chris Brasher, The London Marathon and the quest to break two hours

I started writing this post at 2am on the morning of the 2012 London Marathon. As I finished my carb-packed breakfast, I thought it a fitting homage to Chris Brasher, the Marathon’s founder, who called up the current organiser, David … Continue reading

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NOHTARAM NODNOL EHT

The boss has gone away for Easter and the sun has turned to snow. It can mean only one thing – the final countdown to the London Marathon has begun. Last year I put word out that a few of … Continue reading

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