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Race review: The Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon

If you only run one half marathon next year – you’re not entering enough events, oh and make sure it’s the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon. Despite the fact my running’s even woefully slower than usual, I actually enjoyed being one of the 16,000 runners – all ages and abilities – taking part in last [...]

By | Notebook | Friday, 16 October 2015 at 3:55 pm

The Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon race preview – green in every sense, Notebook

The Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon race preview – green in every sense

Before the Ealing half-marathon last weekend I hadn’t run a half-marathon in more than a year, and in nine days’ time I’ll be running another one. Why the sudden rush? Well, this time – on Sunday October 11 – it’s the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon with 16,000 runners registered, and, like Ealing, it’s special, but in a completely different way.
The Royal Parks  Foundation Half Marathon began life in 2008 as [...]

By | Notebook | Thursday, 1 October 2015 at 4:52 pm

That Ealing feeling – half marathon review, Notebook

That Ealing feeling – half marathon review

It’s amazing how in just four years the Ealing Half-Marathon has become such a well-loved fixture on the London running scene. This year was my fourth, having run every one since it started  and once again it was a fantastic experience – a superbly organised event with a real community feel, blessed by fabulous weather.

They [...]

By | Notebook | Monday, 28 September 2015 at 10:16 pm

Triathlon preview: Challenge Paguera, Majorca October 17, 2015, Notebook

Triathlon preview: Challenge Paguera, Majorca October 17, 2015

Majorca’s been a sporting playground of mine for some years. I am far from alone in that. The cycling opportunities it offers draw thousands of people, not least many a pro cycling team, for whom the island is perfect for winter training – superb roads, beautiful mountains, minimal traffic.
The way Majorca has embraced amateur athletes [...]

By | Notebook | Tuesday, 1 September 2015 at 5:31 pm

The Haute Route: the final stage, Notebook

The Haute Route: the final stage

Seven days ago, after the first stage of the Haute Route Pyrenees, I had doubts that I would be one of the 300 strong peloton riding into the finish point of Toulouse. Just shows what enormous amounts of painkillers, compression tights and chamois cream can do to get you through 800km and up 20 mountain [...]

By | Notebook | Saturday, 22 August 2015 at 5:27 am

The Haute Route: Day 6 and only 1 day left, Notebook

The Haute Route: Day 6 and only 1 day left

For me there’s a  mixture of relief and great sadness that tomorrow is the final day of The Haute Route Pyrenees, 2015. My legs and behind are overjoyed but my heart is heavy and I can’t imagine there’s a single rider who hasn’t had a fantastic week or experienced extremes of emotions who would disagree. [...]

By | Notebook | Thursday, 20 August 2015 at 9:59 pm

The Haute Route: Day 5 ‘The Time Trial’, Notebook

The Haute Route: Day 5 ‘The Time Trial’

I guess riding the Haute Route – seven consecutive days in the Pyrenees, 800km on the road, with some 20,000m of climbing – is like pretending to be in the Tour de France. A great adventure unfolds, day after day. It’s a journey in a way that a one-day sportive can never be.
Today – Day [...]

By | Notebook | Wednesday, 19 August 2015 at 6:38 pm

Haute Route – Day 4 & it’s not all about the bike, Notebook

Haute Route – Day 4 & it’s not all about the bike

Day 4 of the Haute Route is over. With three days left, we’re past the halfway mark. It feels like quite a moment. Since Saturday morning I’ve cycled 512 kilometres and climbed 12,250 metres. There’s ‘only’ 290 kilometres and just over 6,000 metres of climbing left. It’s been the most intensive few days of my [...]

By | Notebook | Tuesday, 18 August 2015 at 7:21 pm

Haute Route – Day 3 “The Descent’, Notebook

Haute Route – Day 3 “The Descent’

I’ve banged on a lot about how gruelling the Haute Route is. I make no excuses for that because it’s a challenge that has taken me so far out of my comfort zone you would not believe. I think that might be true of quite a few of the 400 or so others who embarked [...]

By | Notebook | Monday, 17 August 2015 at 7:20 pm

Haute Route – The Lanterne Rouge, Notebook

Haute Route – The Lanterne Rouge

Back in the 1970s there was an art-house movie called The Goalkeeper’s Fear of the Penalty. Here at the Haute Route, with Day 2 now safely behind me, I’ve been thinking about The Cyclist’s Fear of the Lanterne Rouge.

In the Tour de France, ‘Lanterne Rouge’ – or ‘red lamp’ – is the name given to [...]

By | Notebook | Sunday, 16 August 2015 at 9:02 pm

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