Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Sometimes a little research helps

Having been a runner for over 30 years now it is safe to assume that running plays a big part in my everyday life and the same can be said for a lot of my friends. 

As such you sometimes forget that other people have no real interest in running and at times are barely aware of who the personalities in our sport are or indeed the difference between a full and a half marathon.  But you tend to expect the media to do a little research before they `run' (sorry about the pun) an  item but a recent interview with Mo Farah following his win in Sunday's New Orleans Half Marathon shows this is not always the case.

If you have not seen the interview yet, you can find it here

Monday, 18 February 2013

A change of scenery

As I was in London for a couple of days this week I decided to let my knees  take advantage of them by using them as rest days.  So Tuesday and Wednesday saw no running and I must admit the plan does seem to have worked, as although there is still some tenderness, I do seem to be running a lot easier.

Some very welcome spring like weather from Friday onwards and I headed up the Northumberland coast and a very enjoyable weekend of walking and running around the beaches and sand dunes of Warkworth and Alnmouth.

Friday, 8 February 2013

Legacy, what legacy?

If I remember correctly one of the main points of Britain's bid for last years Olympics revolved around the legacy it would create, especially at grassroots level.

In this region, recently, the Clairville track in Middlesbrough has been under threat of closure.  Don Valley Stadium in Sheffield and Carn Brea track in Cornwell are currently being considered for closure and reading Athletics Weekly, it would seem that Mansfield Harriers have been locked out of their local track in Mansfield since the end of last summer.

Athletics Weekly also list, Norman Park track in Barnsley, the Northwood Stadium in Stoke and the track at Horsham as also having recently been under threat of closure.

With this background what sought of legacy are the Olympics actually going to leave?


Since my return from Kilimanjaro it has been a gentle re-introduction to running.  Due mainly to knee problems.  The descent of Kilimanjaro took more of a toll on my body than the climb up.  Particularly my right knee which had swollen to twice its normal size by the time I reached the bottom.

Although still sore the swelling has just about gone and hopefully next week will see me able to pick up the mileage.

Monday, 4 February 2013


5000m in six days does not sound too impressive but it was my first target of the year.  Of course the 5000m is the height above sea level (or 5895m to be exact) of Mount Kilimanjaro.  The highest mountain in Africa, the tallest free standing mountain in the world, and climbing it was one of my targets for this year.

So last week 7 of us from Blaydon Harriers spent the week climbing Kilimanjaro.  Using the Machame Route (61km) to ascend and the Mweka Route to descend.

We made the summit at 6.15am Friday 1st February