Read more about the article 2024 Manchester Marathon
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2024 Manchester Marathon

The 2024 Manchester Marathon TrainingI made the decision to bypass my second run in Boston for a more local event at the 2024 Manchester Marathon. A third trip to Boston in one year seemed too much of an expense so that was the logic behind that decision. I ran Manchester back in 2022 and…

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2023 Valencia Marathon Finish

2023 Valencia Marathon

The 2023 Valencia Marathon I heard a lot of good things about the 2023 Valencia Marathon in the months leading up to it, and boy, did it deliver. This one will go down as one of my top 5 most enjoyable marathons. What wasn't to like? The expo, the organisation, the course, the crowds,…

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Valencia Marathon – Lowered Expectations

Valencia Marathon Lowered ExpectationsMy training for the Valencia Marathon did not go as planned and I've lowered my expectations. Why, well I have a thousand excuses. I moved to a new country. I'm living out of a camper van. I caught Covid early in the training cycle and it stuck with me for 9…

Read more about the article Post Marathon 5k – Ballyshannon
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Post Marathon 5k – Ballyshannon

Post Marathon 5k RaceIs there anything better than a post marathon 5k race? Three to four weeks after completing a marathon, training hard for 16 weeks, is perfect for a 5k race. My body has gone through the recovery phase and is nearly back in peak form. The physical aspect aside, a 5k or…


London Marathon 2023 Race Report

The Lead Up to the London Marathon 2023The 16 week block of training for the 2023 London Marathon began on January 2nd. Following on from two months' rest after the Dublin Marathon, where I ran a relatively comfortable 3:01, my fitness was lacking. My lower back had been bothering me when running since I…

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Lisbellaw 10k

The annual Lisbellaw 10k and 6k was finally able to run after being postponed from earlier in the year due to icy road conditions. This annual fund raising event is well know locally for its friendly atmosphere and the difficult course. Looking at the analysis of the course it doesn't look overly challenging. I dare anyone…

Read more about the article 2022 Greencastle 5 Mile Road Race
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2022 Greencastle 5 Mile Road Race

In Memory of Oliver McCullagh What can I say about the Greencastle 5 Mile Road Race that hasn't been said for the past 37 years. This year the race, and the whole running community of County Tyrone and beyond, was missing a real gentleman of the sport. Oliver McCullagh founded this race all those years ago…

Read more about the article 2022 Tiger Turkey Chase 5 Miler
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2022 Tiger Turkey Chase 5 Miler

I love post marathon racing! I find that three to four weeks after a target marathon is always a fun time to race a shorter distance. My body still has all of the adaptations from the long distance and speed training involved in the marathon programme, but has had a few weeks to recover.…

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Dublin Marathon 2022

Dublin Marathon 2022

The Dublin Marathon 2022 was once again an amazing experience. The date of the marathon coincides with my birthday each year, at the end of October. I enjoy both events every year with equal enthusiasm, and have since 2013.  Well, maybe I like the marathon slightly more. The only exceptions were the virtual runs…

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Berlin Marathon 2022

I deferred my Berlin Marathon place from 2021, when I had two torn adductors holding me back. I made it to the start line in 2022 almost in one piece. Coming off two consecutive marathon Personal Bests earlier in the year, I had no real expectations for this one. Although, we all want to run our…