Andy Holden 5

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Wednesday 12th July – Andy Holden 5 There’s always a danger naming something after someone, the danger that the something becomes bigger, more recognised, than the someone it was named after. Anyone who fancies popping up the Abraham Darby is more likely to be grabbing a pint in a Weatherspoon’s pub that shin up the […]

Wyre Forest Half Marathon

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Sunday 9th July 2017 – Wyre Forest Half Marathon When race director Craig Lewis of Amazing Feet advised that the first two miles were predominantly downhill he wasn’t lying, what he failed to mention, or what we probably failed to hear in the excitement of a two mile downhill start was that there would be […]

Boston (UK) Marathon Report from Graham Wildgoose

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Boston or Boston   Bank Holiday Monday and it’s time for an iconic race, Boston. Stop right there not the Boston USA but Boston UK, on the edge of Lincolnshire out by the wash you will find a flat uninspiring marathon course. When I say uninspiring what I mean is, if you think all marathons […]

Wednesday 12th April – Lilleshall 5

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Same time every year, the Lilleshall 5 always seems to mark the end of a hard winters training and the start of spring Wednesday racing, the end of running round muddy fields and a chance to run on tarmac with the sun on your back, but the sun was far from the thoughts of most […]

Sunday 2nd April – Manchester Marathon

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Sunday 2nd April – Manchester Marathon For people of a certain age Manchester is all about The Stone Roses and the Happy Mondays, the mad for it culture of baggy jeans and baggy attitude. For those a little older Manchester was always more Morrissey and Marr than Ian Brown and Shaun Ryder, I suppose which […]

Sunday 19th March – Shrewsbury 10k

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Sunday 19th March – Shrewsbury 10k Shrewsbury is a nice setting for a race, the county town of Shropshire, nestles nicely in the crook of the River Severn with its largely unaltered medieval street plan, boasts plenty of timber framed buildings from the 15th and 16th centuries and its own red sandstone castle. The only […]

National Cross Country – 25th Feb 2017

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Saturday 25th February – National Cross Country, Wollaton Park, Nottingham.   A couple of years ago one of the Sunday broadsheets ran a story about the National Cross Country Championships under the headline “the greatest race you’ve never heard of”, it seems that two years on this is still one of Britain’s best kept secrets. […]

Wheaton Aston 10k

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Tuesday 27th December 2016 – Wheaton Aston 10k What do you do as runner between Christmas and New Year? Do you accept the inevitable and live like a normal person for a few days? Do you indulge in all the culinary delights and pile on a few pounds? You know you’ve earned it, you’ve trained […]

Suicide 6

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Sunday 27th November 2016 – Suicide 6   I was asked after the race why the Suicide 6 so named? Is there actual suicide involved and where does the 6 come from? Well, no suicide, although at times that would possibly be a preferred option but the “cry for help 6” or the “self harm […]

2nd October – Sheepwalks Shocker 10k

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The clue is in the title, it’s up the Sheepwalks and it’s a Shocker. Nothing glamourous, nothing elaborate, just plain and simple, some testing inclines, some tough gradients to negotiate, parts where, for some, the laboured effort of simply putting one foot in front of another becomes tortuous, but at least they give you a […]