Woodhouse Challenge 13.5M May Bank Holiday Monday

Despite taking this one easy as I'd run 38 miles 2 days before and that the scenery was at least as good as the Oxon 40, I failed to bring my phone so all photos herein are stolen.  I've pinched a couple from the race web site and I hope to blag one or two more from @mikew30 who was far better organised than me. This race rounded off a fabulous bank holiday weekend of running.  Not one I'd heard…

Oxon 40 - Saturday 4th May

I decided on the Oxon 40 as the lastlong training run for the Comrades. It's local being just past and around Henley and compared to the alternatives available on the same day it was incredibly cheap at just £12. The sort of price you might expect to hear from your Grandparents in the context of 'eee I remember when races were just £12, and bread was 3d and we all had to live in a shoebox'. …

End of Comrades Training

One last curry and a couple of pints of the local Windsor and Eton Brewery's finest polished off.I've had my pre-race massage and go-faster haircut which did it's usual trick. It looks great until precisely 3 minutes after leaving the barbers whereupon it forms into a ghastly widow's peak type of arrangement and needs several litres of wax to stop it looking like I'm about to protest about somethi…

Eve of the Comrades

Tomorrow I'll be on a plane bound for Johannesburg, fretting I've brought the wrong shoes and whether I'll make the cigarette-paper thin connecting window in Paris.I've been thinking about this race since I entered it last September but right now I can think of nothing else; it has completely taken over my life.  Despite all this thought I've still no clear idea how to tackle it.I've run many ove…

The 2013 London Marathon

This is the year is the year that reaffirmed my belief that London is the greatest marathon in the World.In this, my Comrades debut year, I had originally planned to race London as part of my build up; aiming for a p.b.  Having started packing each week with long runs from November 2012 and battering myself into the floor with them I came to my senses and decided that was not an option.For one th…

The EnduranceLife Coastal Series Sussex 50k

The run up to the Comrades Marathon continues relentlessly and I've come to my senses and realised that racing the London Marathon this April is not going to help my cause.  Much as I'd love to, a 7-10 day recovery cannot be afforded.  So, it's all about ramping up the distance, the endurance and the miles in time for the 2nd June.I only found this race late in the day and it was already 99% ful…

The #VLM2013 - my advice on the run-in and the race

The London Marathon is now fast approaching and unless disaster strikes late on like it did last year, I'll be toeing the line on the 21st April for the 9th time.The race has a chequered history for me. I've never quite had triumphs - my best run is 2:43 at London despite (I always think!) being in shape to break my 2:37pb there. I have certainly had my fair share of disasters though including a p…

No-Show at the Brighton Half Marathon

As you can tell by the title of this piece, there's not going to be a breathless, exciting account of how the promenade was conquered, the wind subdued and the kiss-me-quick hat and candy floss donned and scoffed respectively.While I had every intention of running this and had even booked a non-refundable hotel room to prove it, the race feel foul of a schoolboy error.  The week before I'd decide…

The Country To Capital Versus the Comrades

This was probably a mistake with hindsight but I thought it would be entertaining to compare the profiles of the Country to Capital race from mid January to the Comrades.After all I finished the C2C in pretty good shape (relatively speaking) and it does bestow a UTMB qualifying point so it's no pushover.I found both races on a couple of mapping websites and scaled the two to match vertical elevati…

Planning for both the London Marathon and the Comrades

The London Marathon, on the 21st April this year, will be my latest assault on the stubborn 2:37:41 pb from what is now way back in 2008 in Amsterdam.London hasn't exactly proved to be my favourite course. Despite entering more times that I can remember the race is littered with disasters.  Several times I've failed to toe the line through injury, in fact the most recent example was just last yea…