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3 Jul

I’ve not posted for a while, so what better time to post an update than now after setting up a just giving page to raise sponsorship for SpecialEffect! An amazing charity that helps disabled people play video games, a thing the rest of us take for granted.

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I decided that I wanted to take part in  Marathon before I’m 50 and as I have just turned 49 thought it was time to get my backside in gear. To get Me ready for that I am doing a few races this year:

  1. Gateshead 10K ✔
  2. Durham City 10K
  3. Middlesbrough 10K
  4. Redcar Half Marathon

Then next year I will take part in a full marathon, London if accepted and if not then I will look for another one around March/April 2018.

Then I thought that I would go one step further and so on Saturday 19th May 2018 I am taking part in Tough Mudder along with Reece, 10-12 miles of some tough obstacles, take a look at the video here


2017: This is the year!

20 Mar

I have to say that even though we are only in to March, I have a good feeling about how my running is going this year. I’ve even entered a few races already to keep me motivated, the first of which will be the Marina 5 Mile at Hartlepool on the 9th April.

I’ve also got the youngest lad Reece who has started running parkrun with me on Saturday mornings at Albert Park, Middlesbrough and has now just started coming for 6 mile runs on Sundays. It’s so much easier with someone else to run with although I don’t think it’s going to last long, as I have spent the last few months trying to get him to keep going and make it to the finish line at parkrun until last Saturday when he stayed with me until the 2k mark and I said if you want to run off ahead feel free! I didn’t see him again until the end when he announced he had got himself a pb of 23 minutes and 2 seconds (just in case anyone is interested mine is 23 minutes and 4 seconds). Although I also got round in a 2017 best time of 24 minutes 39 seconds.


Myself (in red) and Reece (Yellow/black jacket), at Albert Park parkrun although I’m not sure why I’m looking shattered in this picture as It’s only about 100m after the start line!!

I think if Reece keeps running with me I will get some good times this year (good for me anyway), although it will take more than that so I will make more of an effort with cutting down on the food and alcohol intake and get out on more training runs with the Middlesbrough & Cleveland Harriers to mix it up a bit.

As well as doing a few races this year, I’m also looking at doing a few different parkruns with Reece, this year we have done Albert Park (obviously), Stewart Park (Middlesbrough) and Prudhoe Riverside parkrun. I am looking at doing a parkrun in the lakes later this year while we are away camping and getting the Tees Barrage parkrun done and possibly a couple of others. So if you have any suggestions of great parkruns leave a comment below.

For all you runners out there, I hope whatever you are training for is going great and for all you couch potatoes out there…. Get up, run and enjoy! The benefits are awesome.




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