Monthly Archives: September 2015

Welcome to Taper Town

What is a taper? Well, it’s a thin candle. Or a feeble source of light. Or a person who edits magnetic tape. None of which are particularly relevant to marathon training. But, putting nouns aside, the verb ‘to taper’ refers … Continue reading

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The Redcar Half Marathon

There are many things that can drive an athlete. Things that push him to his absolute limits to make him give it everything he’s got. It can be pride, glory and a yearning for self-fulfilment. In my case this past … Continue reading

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A Legend in My Own Lunchtime

I returned to work recently after a prolonged period of absence to find that something rather wonderful had happened. No, the building and its entire contents hadn’t burnt to the ground (any colleagues or senior management who may be reading … Continue reading

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The Scottish Half Marathon – Day 2

I awoke in the Travelodge having slept well – just like Lenny Henry promised. Wait, he’s Premier Inn isn’t he? Pfft, he should try a Travelodge for a change. Although I’m fairly certain the contractual obligations that came with the … Continue reading

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The Scottish Half Marathon – Day 1

The day began on a sad note – as I partook in the dawn ritual of releasing our pet chickens into the garden I found that one had flown to that big coop in the sky. Yes, Princess Layer (see what … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Morons

Mercifully, this week saw me complete my last ridiculously long training run ahead of the upcoming Yorkshire Marathon. It consisted of 20.2 miles, weaving through Middlesbrough’s various outlying habitats – some of which can be a touch on the scary … Continue reading

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The Great North Run 2015

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No! It’s a moderately decent runner in an ill-fitting Superman costume! That’s right: for the first time since I took up this running nonsense, the urge to dress up for a big … Continue reading

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