Category Archives: Marathon running

It’s The Final Countdown

With just over three weeks until the London Marathon there’s not much more running you can do that will make any difference. If you’ve stuck to your schedule since Christmas you’ve got the miles in the bank and, except for … Continue reading

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Running London for the MIND charity

To celebrate the publication of my book, Why We Run, which comes out in time for the London Marathon next year, it seems only sensible that I booked myself a place at the start line on Blackheath on Sunday 17th April. Officially … Continue reading

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You’re never too old to run a marathon

Ten days ago ‘The Emperor’, Haile Gebrselassie, the best male marathon runner of our generation, honoured a 10-year old promise to Brendan Foster, the founder of the Bupa Great North Run, by coming to compete. In near perfect conditions – … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Emil Zátopek – The story of the greatest distance runner of all time

It has been a weekend of birthdays. On Saturday my brother came to visit the boy, and see for himself the ‘great fat toes’ that have been passed down from our side of the family. He too thought that the … Continue reading

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Leni Riefenstahl and the art of running

Last week I went to our local gym to find out what age children have to be to qualify for the ‘under-five swim’. ‘Well, er, under five’, was the straight-forward reply. On further enquiry it sounds like the boy has to be … Continue reading

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I confess

The time has come for a confession. I have never taken performance enhancing drugs, cut any corners in a race, spiked another runner’s drink, or knowingly given false directions to a fellow cross-country runner to gain an advantage. I have … Continue reading

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