One evening, on my way home from work on the train, I was reading the latest issue of the Runners World Magazine. An article caught my eye in the race reviews section about a scenic winter cross-country race, on the borders of Oxfordshire and Berkshire – the Mapledurham 10 by My Sporting Times Events. I remember almost instantly feeling an itch to sign up for this race, despite the course profile promising to be quite tough and most likely to be a mud-fest (not something that usually deters me…). I found out that this race is part of a special…

View Post

I chose to run the Grand Union Canal Half marathon as my third race this year, to help me get another step closer to achieving my ultimate goal of running 12 half marathons in 12 months. I was really upset last November when I could not run this race due to a knee injury (patellofemoral syndrome, if you are itching to know), therefore I got very excited when Purple Patch Running put on a special spring date to celebrate the 10th year anniversary of this race. I was certainly among the first runners out of about 300 to sign up. Another…

View Post