Category Archives: running

No barcode, no result, no exceptions?

Disclaimer: I’m writing this to work through an extraordinarily strong reaction to a passing comment.  I am not suggesting that “No barcode, no result, no exceptions” is a bad thing. One of the very few rules that parkrun HQ has … Continue reading

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Kettering parkrun

Alpacas, a roller coaster, a railway*, a lake, a wibbly wobbly bridge, a huge children’s playground, loos at the start, a downhill finish and a café.  It would be hard to walk away from Kettering parkrun without finding something to … Continue reading

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Victoria Dock parkrun

One of the things that surprises me most about touring is the number of times I run into people I know.  This weekend’s trip to Victoria Dock parkrun was no exception.  In addition to the tourists from Ashton Court, Banstead … Continue reading

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Dear Abradysis

Dear Abradysis IHYAWIAF. More than fine, in fact.  I popped up to Scotland for three days to recce the route for the Highland Fling, was blessed with perfect running weather, neither face-planted nor sprained an ankle, and came away with … Continue reading

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Cabbage Patch 4 (ish)

At 8am this morning, I didn’t know this race existed.  By noon, it had been entered on my list of races to repeat.  Its distance may only be approximate, but it was small*, local**, low key***, cheap**** and absolutely teeming … Continue reading

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Did you just tag the trig point?

After the wash out that was 2016, I started 2017 wondering whether I was still an ultra-runner.  Ridgeway 86 proved that I could still complete the distance, but mentally it sucked.  I needed a pick-me-up, something simple but fun, something … Continue reading

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The Ridgeway Challenge

That face is to smiling what this blog will be to coherent, chronological report. I was driven to the start by the ever-lovely Vanessa, chatted to a fair few familiar faces at the start, made my way from Ivinghoe Beacon to Avebury … Continue reading

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