Brisbane Half Marathon

At the end of July my family and I moved to Australia and I, somehow stupidly, thought it would be a good idea to run a half marathon 1 week after our arrival. So, on Sunday I ran the Brisbane half marathon. Minimal training plus lots of eating and drinking in the run up to my departing the UK meant my only expectations were to finish the run and try to enjoy it.

The race was part of a ‘Marathon festival’ which meant half marathon and full marathon runners started at the same time…….6am! (Presumably to allow the marathon runners to finish before it got too hot as winter temperatures still reach 26/27 degrees.) so a bit of a shock to the system getting up at 4.30 but, I must admit, it was very nice running while the sun rose over the Brisbane river. - Continue Reading -

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London Landmarks Half Marathon

At a time when a few harriers might have been nursing hangovers from the annual Party I took myself into London for the inaugural London Landmarks Half Marathon. As the name suggests, the run takes in a lot of London’s famous sights: London eye, St Paul’s Cathedral, Bank of England, Tower of London, Big Ben etc. As you can see from my strava map the route was very twisty!

A combination of the twisty route or inaccurate GPS meant I missed out on an official PB, finishing in 1:44:36, covering 13.78 miles. This put me 1007 out of 9683 runners and 147th in my age group. - Continue Reading -

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