I have set myself the challenge to complete 12 half marathons in 12 months. I ticked off my first one last month, at Hampton Court, and I was really looking forward to my next one in March. The Ridge Off Roader Half Marathon is a new race in my area, which was organised by a local primary school to raise funds for their charity, the Bledlow Ridge School Association. This race turned out to be a slightly different kind of beast to tackle in every respect, as you will soon find out! Let me just say it upfront that this…

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So here we go again, summer is way over and the world is dressing into bronze and golden colours to salute the arrival of the new season. Autumn is not only my favourite season (the only thing I resent is much less daylight) but also the beginning of the cross country race era. So I say bring on the mud, foresty trails and the kiss of the morning chill on our cheeks! After completing the Up Tow, Down Flow half marathon with Bori in the summer, we embarked on a new challenge – a local 10 mile village race between Marlow and…

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