We are on the verge of what feels like the most important UK general election of my adulthood. Against a backdrop of the global financial crisis and austerity we are witnessing a rise in far right extremism across Europe. Scotland very nearly voted to break up the country, and probably would do so if given another chance. The position of the traditional third party in British politics has been destroyed and new parties are soaring in popularity. The relentless rise of the media and especially social media, is bringing politicians and their personalities, if not their policies, ever more to the fore. What is for certain is that the result of this election is incredibly difficult to predict, and that alone makes this vote important and intriguing. So, how should you vote? Read on for my suggestion!

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Marathons or Tattoos?

April 4, 2015

I recently had my first tattoo done by the awesome Rodrigo Souto at Black Garden Tattoo. It turns out that getting a tattoo has more in common with running marathons than you might think. Read the rest of this entry »

Target(s) For 2014

December 30, 2013

I have one massive running goal for 2014. I’d like to (deep breath) run a sub-3 hour marathon. I have some other secondary targets, but if I achieve none of them, and run 2:59:59 for the marathon, I will be utterly delighted. What’s that old saying? Do put all your eggs in one basket. That’s right, isn’t it?

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The Next Level

December 28, 2013

It has been eight months since I updated this blog, and ten since my last running related post. Predictably, my excuse is that I’ve been unbelievably busy, but happily much of the time I have been busy running!

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Race and Religion

April 3, 2013

When I created this blog my intention was to write about a variety of topics. I realise a successful blog should have a focus or a purpose but I’ve never been too concerned with the number of people who read my posts (which is just as well really)! As it happens, almost all of my recent posts have related to running and more specifically, my running. Race reports, training updates, even stats about my running, have all featured. This post, therefore, is something of a departure. Today I’m tackling the lighthearted, jolly and uncontroversial topic of, er, race and religion.

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A Little Help From A Friend

February 6, 2013

On Sunday morning prior to my first 10k race of the year I tweeted: “First race day of the year. Undertrained, overweight, knackered and have a cold. Will give it a poke anyway!” Whilst I was hustling a little, there was an element of truth in the sentiment. I was about 5 pounds over what I believe is my ideal race weight, I’d only really had a five week spell of consistent training, my darling daughter had been up through the night a couple of times and I had a slight sniffle.

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Life Begins At Sub-40

January 20, 2013

This time last year I set myself three running targets for 2012 with a base and stretch version of each. I hit one stretch target, one base target and missed one altogether.

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