Kew Gardens 10km Race Review/Recap – September 2019

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Taking part in the Richmond Runfest events has been something I’ve been trying to do for some years. Most of the time it’s because it sells out so quickly, due to its popularity. This year I was on it and got my place sorted. Continue reading “Kew Gardens 10km Race Review/Recap – September 2019”

dhb Aeron Short Sleeve Jersey Review

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I only share and review things I really like on this site and things that readers will get value from. Unless the item is absolutely shocking.

Most kit I use is fairly workman like, with not many bells and whistles, and tends to be in black or grey.

I needed some extra kit for my cycling trip to France. Continue reading “dhb Aeron Short Sleeve Jersey Review”

Ride London 2019 Review / Recap

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I’ve entered Ride London for several years and didn’t get a ballot place. The last two years I’ve ended up doing the 46-mile version (Read here and here).

This year I got in. But none of my other cycling buddies did. So, I was on my own but was not going to give up the chance to take on the one closed road ride in London and the South East. Continue reading “Ride London 2019 Review / Recap”

MGVS – Cycling in the French Alps – Outbound and Day One

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A few weeks ago, five friends and I went cycling in the French Alps for 3 days. It was a self-planned and operated trip, for which all of it was due to my friend Nick, who found the location, a place to stay and recc’ed the climbs. He is also the founder member of the Mountain Goat Velo Society (MGVS). Continue reading “MGVS – Cycling in the French Alps – Outbound and Day One”

Going back to BMF – now Be Military Fit (BeMF)

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Late last year British Military Fitness (BMF) was rebranded to Be Military Fit (BeMF). The Bushy Park BMF regulars and I thought nothing of it. Some new vans, some new bibs. Nothing’s going to change and we’ll all carry on as normal. Continue reading “Going back to BMF – now Be Military Fit (BeMF)”

The Big Cycling Trip – Get workin’

60 mile bike ride

My friends and I have planned and booked a trip to the French Alps. Well, they did really, I had little input into planning and booking rather that just saying I wanted to go. It will consist of 3 days of cycling up and down big and famous French Alpine passes. Quite an endeavour.

On Monday this arrives on the WhatsApp group

“Having been out with most of you over the past 3 weeks I think we’ve got some work to do. As Nick pointed out Day 2 of our ride is 120km and nearly 4000m of climbing. As it stands I think 3 of us will be able to cope with it”.

Ouch! Continue reading “The Big Cycling Trip – Get workin’”

London Marathon 2019 Race Recap

London Marathon 2019 Start

I’d been building toward the London marathon for 17 weeks. If truth were told, I probably started before then but got a little more serious before Christmas. I talked about my build up in my post here.

I spend the week before the race with four days in Poland and four in Athens, Greece. The time in Poland allowed gently runs along the beach and a blast around Gdansk parkrun. Continue reading “London Marathon 2019 Race Recap”

Fulham and Putney Half Marathon 14th April 2019 – Race Review

Fulham and Putney Half Start

I’m actually going to review this race. I finished in 1:47:31 and 25th in my age category (191st overall). It was tough-ish following a boozy lunch with friends, but as a final long-ish run in a race environment, I was pretty happy with my run. I kept calm, did not go mad. My legs got a little sore, nothing too bad, but I need to focus on nutrition, some short sessions and rest for the next two weeks. Continue reading “Fulham and Putney Half Marathon 14th April 2019 – Race Review”

Should you run a negative split?

London Marathon Mass

I’ve been contemplating how to run the London Marathon in 2 weeks time. In my research, it’s come up a few times that I should run a negative split.

  • A negative split is running the second half of a race faster than the first
  • A positive split is the opposite – a faster first half of a race faster than the second
  • An even split is run both halves at the same pace.

My current plan for the London Marathon is to do 9 min/miles and come in under 4 hours. If I’m honest, I’m probably going to go off a little quicker, bank some minutes and then if I slow down, I’ve hopefully got something in the bag, so to say. Therefore, run a positive split. Continue reading “Should you run a negative split?”