Running 2019 – The London Winter Run, London

Sunday, 3rd February 2019 – The Cancer Research UK London Winter Run, London I’ve been a runner since 2006, so 13 years (though two of those were spent trying to find ways of mitigating an ankle issue caused by defective biomechanics, attempting to stave off surgery, being told I’d never run again, having the surgery…

Fitness/Travel 2018 – Tokoinranta parkrun, Helsinki

Saturday, December 1st 2018 – Tokoinranta parkrun, Helsinki Unlike some people I’m not an obsessive parkrun tourist, which means I don’t find a parkrun first before deciding where to go on holiday. Rather, if there is a local parkrun and I’m in the area and can fit it in, then I will. Which is how…

Running 2018 – J P Morgan Chase, Battersea Park, London

Wednesday, July 4th – J P Morgan Chase, Battersea Park, London With the sun still baking down and the UK in the middle of a heat wave the likes of which we haven’t experienced since sometime in the 1970s, it really wasn’t running weather (at least not for me – I’m a cold weather runner)…

Travel/Food 2018 – French Road Trip, Day 11, Pugnac, Blaye

Tuesday, May 15th – Day 11, Pugnac, Blaye And so, up and about to find the sun shining, so I took a short-ish run into and through Pugnac (it’s not very big), establishing that it has a very attractive main street, is surrounded by vines, and there’s a small brasserie just beyond the mairie. Also,…

Travel 2018 – French Road Trip, Day 5, Bordeaux

Wednesday, May 9th – Day 5, Bordeaux I started the day with a run out from the hotel and along the riverside walk that was already busy with other runners, walkers, cyclists and skateboarders. It gave me an opportunity to figure out the lie of the land between the hotel and the river, and provided…

Travel 2018 – French Road Trip, Day 3, Troyes

Monday, May 7th – Day 3, Troyes, Etoges Monday morning dawned sunny and clear so I set off for a run around the village. It wasn’t easy to cover much mileage without having to test every side road available, unless I wanted to run along the main roads. Given the sheer volume of farm traffic…

Fitness 2018 – Blenheim 7k, Blenheim Palace

Sunday, 29th April 2018 – Blenheim 7k, Blenheim Palace Having not run any sort of race since the Silverstone 10K two years ago, the Blenheim 7K seemed like a conveniently sensible distance in a conveniently close location, it being only 40 minutes or so away by road. So I figured what the hell, I’d go…

Travel 2017 – Moselle Road Trip, Day 11

Tuesday October 3rd – Day 11, Zell an der Mosel An early-ish run saw me head down the river towards Rissbach, and its lovely timber-framed houses. There was a detour to avoid a tree marked as having a hornets’ nest in it, and a slight loss of direction at the camp site (I was slightly…

Travel 2016 – Tampere, Day 10

Day 10 – Thursday 14th July (Tampere) Moose count = not a single one! Today the weather was much improved after the storms of the previous night and for us it was all about Tampere. The apartment was in the middle of a building site (some sort of tunnel seems to be under construction, for…

Travel 2016 – Turku, Day 8

Day 8, Tuesday 12th July (Turku) Moose count = still none! I started the day by going for a run, foolishly assuming I would find my way back really easily. I hadn’t thought that the river I crossed might be more complicated than it seemed, and that there could be more than one area full…