On the Spot – Tristan Greaves

When did running begin for you? When I was training in judo, I started running to supplement my fitness. It took off a lot more when I started football refereeing: Running is pretty much key to that, so a real incentive to train! I haven’t looked back since (good job too, or I’d probably run […]

Running and the Black Dog

Many thanks to Jo L for sharing this account of her experiences running with dogs, both metaphorical and literal. My relationship with running stems entirely from mental health – but not my own. (My own has been sketchy at times, but more on that later.) Some of you will know that Mark’s brother lost his […]

On The Spot – Jesper Lidstrom

When did running begin for you? I’ve always been quite active in sport during my teenage years and played a lot of Handball and Floorball (Like indoor hockey) in Sweden. I never really enjoyed running and generally thought it was quite boring. Running for me started quite late. As part of team-building exercise at work […]

2018 Green Belt Relay

My worst fears about our participation in this year’s race were realised almost immediately as the occupants of car 3 (grey Mazda) watched cars 1 (red Fiat) and 2 (Bill’s car) head off south along the A3, tracing a sub-optimal route towards our nation’s capital. It seemed that we might be in for a long […]

On the Spot – Dave Newby

When did running begin for you? My Dad used to take me out when I was a young lad (probably 6 or 7 I’d guess). We used to do a route around the hills of Bingley, West Yorkshire known as the 20s. As the name would imply you were supposed to complete it in under […]

Post marathon feelings

The completion of your first marathon is a huge achievement. You’ll have a medal, a Facebook feed full of congratulations from friends and family, maybe a ton of Kudos on Strava and a terrible inability to descend stairs any way other than backwards. Everybody knows that marathons are gruelling on the body but what about […]

On the Spot – Harriet Irving

When did running begin for you? At university, I used to go out with a couple of friends round a local park in Leeds. None of us particularly wanted to run and it’d be a real struggle to get ourselves out of the door. Looking back, I’d be surprised if we actually ran more than […]

On the Spot – Philly Staddon

When did running begin for you? I was really active at school, much preferring to be outside running about than behind a desk, but a key moment in my running ‘career’ was when I was diagnosed with Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) in 2008 and underwent surgery. Thankfully the surgery was successful and I was advised […]

Snowdonia Marathon 2017

Thank you to Nick Thomas for this brilliant account of his experience at the Snowdonia Marathon! I’d left booking an autumn marathon a bit late this year and as I was already doing the Great South Run I was looking for something in the weeks following that. A quick scout of the available run events […]