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Marathon training some hints and tips

My formal marathon training began this week. I say formal because although I’ve been running most weeks in preparation this week saw my official training schedule begin. When formal training begins it feels like there’s a step change. Suddenly the prospect of running a marathon becomes very real and the commitment expected is daunting. I was certainly daunted when I saw that my first training day was on January 1st and I didn’t relish having to run off my New Year’s Eve excesses, but thankfully it turned out to be a designated rest day… My...
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Seven miles. One for each failure

I wasn’t sure how to commemorate the 32nd anniversary of the Bhopal tragedy. I knew I should run. After all this is a blog about running and I’m running the London Marathon for the Bhopal Medical Appeal. But how can running be associated with a tragedy of this scale. I considered linking my distance to the anniversary but 32 miles or even 32 kilometres is well above what I should be running at this stage and I’d risk injury over such distances. It also felt trite to link my run to the loss of life. Not only is the real extent of loss disputed or largely...
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Remembrance Day

Today I decided to run 11 Miles in honour of Remembrance Day. I actually didn’t need to. I probably shouldn’t have. Most Marathon training schedules operate on a 12-16 week period, which means that it’s only on the three months leading up to a marathon that I need to start taking distance on. I’ve also not run more than 6 miles for a couple of years so it’s a big step up. But my view is that if you can get your mileage up to a decent (not destructive) level before training programs “formally” start then it can only help. Besides...
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Why I run!

Running for me is something of a fortunate accident. I’m not a natural runner. I’m not a fitness fanatic. I eat a lot of bad food. I drink. I’ve been known to smoke. I’ve tried most sports but am generally mediocre. I was ok at rugby and my body still holds together enough to let me play football once a week (I have no idea how) but I’m not the sporty type. I was never good at sports at school. I was one of the only people in my peer group at school to suffer the ignominy of being in the “B” group for games. My old friends always...
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Why I’m running for Bhopal Medical...

Before Bhopal Medical Appeal asked for a volunteer for the 2017 London Marathon one of the main rules I had for running events was “NO CHARITIES.” It’s probably why most events that I’ve run have been the obscure type that you don’t hear about unless you’re scouring the calendar on Runner’s World: “North Dorset Villages Marathon? What’s that?” (It’s actually a very pleasant one. I’d recommend it – apart from the sapping hill around the 20 mile mark). My rule isn’t meant to be ungenerous and...
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Bhopal Runners Tackle Brighton Half Mara...

                  The Bhopal Medical Appeal running team goes from strength to strength with two runners taking on this weekend’s Brighton Half Marathon. Sam Toothill and Simon Davies will be tackling the course on our behalf and we wish them all the very best of luck. We also have FREE places available for the Brighton Marathon; The Hackney Half Marathon; and the London 10K. Find out more HERE or email:...