Tag Archives: Spartathlon

Bury My Heart on a Norfolk Beach

I had imagined plenty of endings to the Norfolk Ultra a couple of weeks ago, but standing on a roadside puking my guts out in front of a guy who had rowed across both the Atlantic and the Indian Ocean was not … Continue reading

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Lizzy Hawker, Mrs H and a good start to the year

Way back in August, when Sir Bradley Wiggins was plain old ‘Wiggo’, I put a post out about looking for someone to write a running book for me. There was a flurry of interest – mostly along the lines ‘what … Continue reading

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January pains

Ah, pain. I missed you. It’s a subject close to the heart of every ultra-distance running. Like the Eskimos and their 180 different words for snow, runners categorise pain in multiple ways, and are familiar with all of them. Last … Continue reading

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Official publication of the paperback of Why We Run

For the first year of my son’s life I hardly ran at all. Amid the chaos of the early months of fatherhood, the furthest I ran was the double London Marathon from Big Ben to the start and back, and … Continue reading

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First steps to the Spartathlon

The first of the month seems like as good a date as any to start a new training regime, but the first of October this year was packed with neat coincides. In the blazing heat, well 27 degrees but everyone … Continue reading

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Double London Marathon – Job done

For those of you who didn’t notice, yesterday was the Virgin London Marathon, which meant that there was over 37,000 people tramping through the city, and even more standing at the barricades cheering the runners along. What a day! The … Continue reading

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Why We Run: A Story of Obsession finally goes to press

It is nearly 18 months since I came back from the Spartathlon, a story that is recounted in the penultimate chapter of Why We Run, which is published in April. And yet the book only went to press last week. … 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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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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