The scenic 10k run through this beautiful National Trust Estate in Taplow is organised each year by Burnham Joggers, a local running club. The race has been held for more than 25 years but 2009 and 2010 were the first years it had to be cancelled due to adverse weather conditions. Fortunately, this year all runners woke up to a rather chilly, but glorious sunshiny morning to participate in this hilly and very challenging post-Xmas competition. Originally built in 1670, the grand stately home is set in the heart of the Berkshire countryside surrounded by 376 acres of magnificent landscape gardens and…

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A few weeks ago I suffered a minor injury on the inside of my right knee which resulted in feeling pain when climbing up and down stairs. I suspect that following a week of ”inactive rest” (or call it recovering from the fiendish Rugged Radnage 10k cross country race), sprinting up the highest hill in High Wycombe at top speed, followed by a hard core forest rave run in the mud was not a great idea after all. Even though I felt quite chuffed completing my run without getting lost (I rather carefully plotted out using various tourist and ordnance survey…

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Last Sunday Simon and I participated in a local running competition called Rugged Radnage, which was organised in one of the nearby villages. I signed up to fill the hole that was left after completing the iconic Marlow half marathon and to make use of the last few days of the running season this year. This year’s competition was only the 2nd one in the village’s history and was featured in our local newspaper as well. I have to say we have been very lucky so far with the weather and this is not something I can often say here…

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After 12 weeks of training, the day of the Marlow Half Marathon finally dawned on me yesterday! I have to say it was one of the best things I have ever done in my life and I can’t wait to do it again. Below is my account of how the day went… I went to the race with an extremely stressful and frustrating week behind me. All of this was coupled with feeling on the edge of a bad cold waiting to devour me. With the changing of the clocks and darkness descending on everything at 4pm already, I felt…

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After spending a couple of weeks suspiciously eyeing up a group of people participating in a gruelling Vew-do Balance Board class from behind the safety of the glass windows of my local gym’s class room, I finally reached my turning point where I could say: now is the time not just to watch this craze, but actually be part of it! This new type of class was launched a weeks ago and is gaining popularity very fast. The balance board was originally designed for skiers and then surfers to practice their skills in the off season and at night. It has now…

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