The Best Annual Races in London 2020

Here’s a list of races that are held annually and are mostly on closed roads in Central London. These are big races that give you a unique London experience.

There are a lot of other half marathons and 10ks in and around London, but they often cover the same routes particularly the River Thames around Kingston, Richmond and Hampton or the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and are on open roads on footpaths and pavements/sidewalks. These routes can be enjoyed at any other time and no cost, so have not been included here.

I’ve run the majority of these races and have provided links to any races I’ve reviewed. I have also included a short opinion on the race if I’ve done it. Continue reading “The Best Annual Races in London 2020”

Provis REFLECT360 Plus Mens Cycling Jacket Review

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As the winter nights draw in the UK (it’s dark by 4 pm in December) I’ve become increasingly concerned about how visible, or rather how not visible I am to drivers as I commute home. My normal attire is black and although my leggings and shoes have flecks of reflective stuff dotted around, from the front, I’m not that obvious.

Also, as a driver, I’ve noticed how inconspicuous cyclists can be, but how prominent they can be when wearing one of the many highly reflective jackets available. So, I went on the lookout for one and settled on the Provis REFLECT360 Plus Men’s Cycling Jacket. Continue reading “Provis REFLECT360 Plus Mens Cycling Jacket Review”

Back to Basics – Part 2

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At the end of my Back to Basics Part 1 post, I stated, I will tell you why a new mindset is needed and what the plan is”.

The title of the post is – Back to Basics, so it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out what the plan is. I’ve been thinking about this for a while as my fitness has gone down and the weight has gone up. Continue reading “Back to Basics – Part 2”

Back to Basics – Part 1

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I’ve been thinking about writing this post for a long time. That’s because I’ve been in the same situation for a long time. I would call it – no mans land. Not training for anything in particular. Floating around. A bit of running here, a bit of cycling there. Generally, not a lot of progress. I’m a bit lost really. I can’t decide what to do. Continue reading “Back to Basics – Part 1”

New Website – Where to Run in London

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I’ve set up a new website. It’s called Where to Run in London. Can you guess what its about?

It’s a site to help tourists; people new to London and locals find places to run in London. The idea’s to have all the information you need in one place instead of endlessly hunting around the net.

The aim is that you can follow the runs on the site without the need for a phone. Continue reading “New Website – Where to Run in London”

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”