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…

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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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