Earlier this month, I completed my 5th half marathon this year which turned out to be a very unique experience in many ways! My latest race took place at a very iconic venue, at the RAF airbase in Upper Heyford, near Oxford. Chances are that you have never heard about this place so here are a couple of interesting facts for starters: It is one of the world’s oldest military air bases – approximately 100 years old. It officially closed in December 1993, so it has not been maintained formally in more than two decades. The airbase, which was home…

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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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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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