My half marathon history
Sep20

My half marathon history

I recently ran Cheltenham half marathon for the eighth time. It was the 22nd half marathon I’d run in total, going all the way back to 1995. I haven’t had my best year of running. Manchester marathon was tough. In retrospect, it was probably too much to run it so soon after Newport marathon in 2021. It meant that, between July 2021 and April 2022, I’d spent seven months out of nine training for a marathon. I know...

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Silent Sunday 11.9.22
Sep11

Silent Sunday 11.9.22

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Cheltenham half marathon 2022
Sep06

Cheltenham half marathon 2022

My expectations were fairly low for Cheltenham half marathon 2022. After having Covid in June, I’d struggled to get back to full fitness and my running wasn’t what it had been. My husband had struggled with fitness too and, after having Covid in August, decided to pull out of Cheltenham half marathon. So this year, it was just me and my sister representing our family. I’d done two 13 mile training runs just before...

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How far did I run in 2021?
Jan11

How far did I run in 2021?

2021 started just as most of 2020 had ended – with a lot of uncertainty! With Covid cases still rising, would we be able to get back to races this year? Would parkrun come back? I started training for Newport marathon on 4th January, ready for the race on 18th April, but I knew it would be a miracle if it went ahead. It was postponed two weeks later. I was also booked in for the Tewkesbury half marathon and Cheltenham Challenge...

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My husband, my running buddy
Sep28

My husband, my running buddy

It was my husband who first started me running, way back in 1994. We started running just before my 21st birthday. He was working and felt he was losing fitness and gaining weight, so wanted to do some exercise – and he wanted me to join him. I remember how hard those first few runs were. We ran a little lap around the River Trent in Nottingham, where we lived. I had to walk twice on our first run, and I’d be surprised if...

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