On your marks for race day

On your marks for race day

This feature was published in Singapore last week. The editor asked for a light-hearted guide to preparing for your first race. Hopefully, it will also be a useful reminder for more experienced runners. Writing the feature made me think back to my first race. A…

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Breaking the barrier

Breaking the barrier

The Robin Hood Half Marathon in Nottingham is known for being one of the fastest and most popular autumn races in the country. If you’re looking for a personal best then this course almost guarantees it. After setting PBs at…

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The Trunce Hawaii style

The Trunce Hawaii style

For years I’ve heard runners in my area talking about The Trunce, a challenging 3.8 mile cross-country / fell race. I’ve listened to the horror stories about the steep climb, the mud, the treacherous descent, not to mention the three crossings of the…

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Ready to race

Ready to race

Taking part in a race is not only a great challenge and achievement, it’s also fun. Usually I’d target four or five races a year, but since joining a local running club, I’ve raced more than I ever have. In…

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Timing it right

Timing it right

Finding the time to train can be difficult. Sometimes there just aren’t enough hours in the day. Juggling work, family, horses, writing and studying has sometimes meant that I didn’t have time for a run. When I set my PB…

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