Alone in the Sun

I am finding it surprisingly difficult to come up with something to write about the London Marathon: I thought that a few days would let my impressions and thoughts settle and help me express them in a coherent way, but all that has happened is that I seem to have digested them, let the moment…

Post London Post!

And all of a sudden… it’s done! It will probably take me a while to process all the emotions, sights and sounds of the London Marathon weekend and even longer to write coherently about them. But I did not want to delay thanking every one of you for your amazing support over the past few…

Breathe out and… taper!

On Sunday I went out for my last Long Run before the London Marathon, and have now began my taper: a period of reduced training volume, aimed at allowing the body to rest and recover before the main event. It was quite a hot day (a taste of real summer in early April, which my…

Ending March on a high!

This afternoon I received a call from Noma from the LT Museum, the charity I am fundraising for in this year’s London marathon, to ask how I was getting on with training, fundraising etc. I explained that training had been a bit so-so after Ashby 20, as Philip has decided that he’s too old to…

Fundraising Update

Just as my London Marathon training is approaching its peak, my fundraising for London Transport Museum and their Enjoyment to Employment programme has passed the £1,000 mark! There is a long way still to go, many fundraising ideas to apply, but I still need your help!

2017 London Marathon – March update

With just over a month to go before the big event on the 23 April, we have certainly entered the business end of my preparation for the Marathon! Ashby 20, my dress rehearsal race is next weekend (19 March) and a few days later we will enter the last month before London!.. I have to…

Marathon training as a dad – part two of very many!

Looking back to my first post on what marathon training with a first baby was like, the main themes were sleeplessness, confusion and making do! I am pleased to report that within a month or so, we have moved on significantly: Philip is much more settled and beginning to sleep through (most of) the nights,…

Recipes wanted!

Speaking with a good friend, I got the idea of putting together a recipe book and sell it to help with my marathon fundraising! The exact shape and content of the book is still coming together, but I see it containing 26 different recipes (one for each marathon mile) from around the world, reflecting the…

2017 London Marathon: an update.

It is customary for the most well-known charities, with very significant fundraising budgets, to provide their runners with running vests and other such branded kit. While I imagine it must be nice to run in the colours of your chosen charity, the gift we received from the kind people at the London Transport Museum meant…

Marathon training as a dad – part one of very many!

“Like most other runners at this time of year, I am throwing myself back into my training, rested, with renewed determination and free from all other distractions! Right? Wrong!”

First impressions from training for a marathon as a very new dad!

Off to a good start!

Fundraising certainly got off to an excellent start last week, with colleagues not only devouring the spinach pie I brought it on Tuesday, but also organising a buffet lunch a couple of days later to add to the kitty! No photographs of that exist unfortunately, as the feeding frenzy that ensued made conditions too dangerous…

Fundraising under way!

Today marks the start of my proper fundraising activities for the Virgin London Marathon 2017: Spinach pie served at work in time for breakfast! Because who can resist a proposition as “I run you eat”? Many thanks to lovely Demi and birthday girl Roula for the recipe and execution, and remember that online donations are…