For those who have no idea what the title suggest, this refers to the running challenge that I completed with a group of adventure-loving friends on Saturday, including my fiance Simon, my friend Jenny from Reading and Steve from my church. “Horseplay” is the name of the finale of the four-part Notorious Night run series organised by Rat Race, in the beautiful Hambleden estate in Buckinghamshire. The 10k run takes place in the dark, where all runners wear a head torch and conquer various natural and man-made obstacles through the woods, over rolling hills and green paddocks. This year’s event attracted just under…

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What can be a better way of spending the day that occurs only once every four years than doing something special at a very special place? For me 29 February has a very special meaning – exactly 5 years ago, on the last day of February, I arrived to England on a grotty winter afternoon to start a new life, with all my possessions stuffed into two oversized cases and my hopes held high. I have to say it has been a challenging but very inspiring 5 years. I feel I have come so far that it feels like I…

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Last Sunday turned out to be no ordinary Sunday. I entered a Facebook competition organised by Nike Running to win a place in a 5K run event with Mo Farah, current 5000m world champion and one of the rising stars of contemporary British athletics, proud owner  of several gold medals won in 3000m, 10000m and other 5000m championships and cross country competitions.  I was actually jumping up and down in the air for about 10 minutes when I saw the email from Nike telling me that I will be one of the lucky ones running with Mo! I caught the…

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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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