Tag Archives: Long-distance running

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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The last few weeks have seen a strange recalibration of my nocturnal clock as Mrs H and I are up twice, sometimes three times, a night feeding the boy or scratching our heads when he screams inexplicably. Watching the rerun … Continue reading

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Time to race again

It has been ten months since I last raced. When I came back from the Spartathlon it took me about three months to recover, the blisters taking an age to heal. Great flanks of black, dead skin fell off my … Continue reading

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Listen to this

Even I get bored with my own company sometimes. Most of the 120 miles I ran every week last year in preparation for the Spartathlon took place along the banks of the river Thames. Through the winter, while it was … Continue reading

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Walking into the unknown

When I started to write Why We Run, Richard Askwith’s Feet in the Clouds was the only book on long distance running available in the UK. To learn how to run for a very long time required heading out of … Continue reading

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First steps

Writing and running are solitary experiences, and as such have much in common. For twelve months from the summer of 2008 I hid away running up to 120 miles a week in preparation for the Spartathlon, the world’s toughest endurance … Continue reading

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