Urban running is so much more than running. As well as the ability of putting one foot in front of the other, warm ups, energy fuelling, post-run stretching and recovery routines; urban runners need to have an added set of skills in their running kit bag. They include: ‘Dodge the pedestrian’, ‘Skip the school pupil’, […]


How to run a marathon without needing a poo

by Janet on January 8, 2013

If you’re training for a marathon and starting to cover longer distances in your training runs, you’ll soon discover (at around mile 6 or 7 usually) that the question of needing more than a ‘quick sprinkle’ behind a bush can become a concern. Sometimes ‘nature calls’ with an insistence that can’t be ignored. The tortoise […]


I’ve got a place in the London Marathon!

December 3, 2012

So excited right now. Last week, I got a place in the London Marathon for April 2013! I’ve wanted to run it since I saw my dad run it in 1983. After running Luton the other day, I decided I should jolly well get on with the London marathon, instead of dreaming about it. I […]

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The encouragement of others goes a long way

November 26, 2012

I was thinking this morning about what power there is in the encouragement of others. Having run Luton the other week, I was really touched by the encouragement and support I received from friends and family and also some fellow runners and marshalls around the route. One of my friends bought me Jelly Babies a […]

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Marathon Dream Fulfilled

November 18, 2012

Well. I am pleased/relieved/proud and a tad sore in typing that I completed an ambition today of running a marathon. Got round it in 4.51.15 and I’m still here to tell the tale. I ran with my friend Ro – also running his first marathon today – and it was a privilege to have run […]

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Mo Marathon Motivation

November 17, 2012

Tomorrow is my first ever marathon attempt. I’ll be attempting the Luton 3-loop marathon. I’m feeling pretty nervous and excited and have spent the day eating A LOT of pasta. Soon, I’ll look like one of Les Dawson’s ‘Roly Polies’ (if you’re old enough to remember who they were). What better then, to get a […]

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From London to Luton

November 6, 2012

Ok – so it’s been a while since my last post, but at least the running has continued. Am now just 2 weeks away from my next running challenge, which is going to be my first ever marathon distance – this time, without the London carolling stops in between. The marathon is a 3 loop […]

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First Marathon Distance Done!

December 21, 2011

On Thursday 15th December, I completed my first marathon distance in Chapel St’s Charity Carolthon! Despite my fears that I might get distracted by various cake shops en route, I ran around London like a crazy head and covered 26.2 miles, stopping only to join in the carolling fun around the capital! Our Carolthon team […]

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Sugar Frenzy or Naive Enthusiam?

December 12, 2011

At the weekend, I went shopping. I went to a running shop and bought a lot of energy gels, hydration drinks and post event protein bars. Why? Because my first major running challenge is almost upon me and I need all the help I can get! This Thursday 15th December, I’m doing Chapel St’s Carolthon […]

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Bakers Dozen Run

October 12, 2011

Last Saturday, my rough and ready, back-of-an-envelope training plan said ’12 miles’. All week, I kept looking at my bad handwriting and pondered that this distance that had taken a split second to write down, was going to take significantly longer to run. This realisation was cemented further, when I arrived at Richmond Park to […]

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