From time to time, I like to sign up to races I have done before – to challenge myself to beat my previous course record, and simply to have a guaranteed good time knowing I had enjoyed the route before. This was no different with the Up Tow, Down Flow half marathon which I completed with my friend Bori for the first time, on one of the hottest days in 2013 and then choose to do again last weekend. This year I am trying to do one longer key race each season, rather than go with the pattern (or lack of) I…

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Finally, on the morning of my 4th spring race, I woke up to perfect conditions to tackle the notoriously hilly Danesfield Dash 10k race in Marlow: bright sunshine, birdsong and refreshingly crisp air greeted me as I stepped outside the house. Even better, this time my Hubby has joined me, too, so I was set up for a great start. This is a relatively new race organised by Purple Patch Running (the 4th one this year), attracting just over 300 runners – however, the strength of this event is clearly not in the quantity, but rather the quality of the…

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