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Manchester …. Done

Done but in a poor time around 3h 54m …. Hoping for better in Boston on Monday.

John @ Manchester comp


MS Trust

Manchester Marathon 2019

The Big Half (half marathon)

It wasn’t half windy – I was getting blown sideways on Tower Bridge – and this did not make for PB conditions !! Happy to come second in my category – no prize money though !!

Ran in MS Trust Vest as a nudge to get my Virgin Money Page up for the April Marathons.



Prize !!

Hampton Court Half Marathon

First Race of the year which I ran more as a fast long training run than an outright full-on race. It felt good and under control with an even pace and a modest speed up for the last mile. Lovely day to run and the race was well organised over a great course. One to do again. Although not the strongest of fields in my category, it was nevertheless gratifying to come first : The web site said something about a prize too !!

Florence Marathon

Well that was wet !! But not as a cold as last year thankfully.

It was pleasing to do a near respectable time 3:39:17 and 7th in my category.

Near End of Year Report

Its not been a vintage year for the longer distances but OK for middle distance.

Marathon times have been poor and while all were inside the London Marathon Good For Age qualifying time, thats not the point. I have used my good time from Florence Marathon 2017 to get places in Boston & Chicago 2019 as well as London. Hopefully I’ll be able to get some good long runs in to get back to where I was in 2017 : Just the one race left in 2018 and that’s the Florence Marathon.

Middle distance events were mainly the Summer League which was a first for me and a most enjoyable one. Good result as I headed the list for M65 runners. Pressure is on to repeat in 2019.

Summary of Races in 2018

I Ultra Marathon

4 Marathons plus Florence still to run (one as part of Team England !)

3 Half Marathons

6 5m/10ks

10 Parkruns

plus some shorter runs & track races

Royal Parks Half Marathon

One of my favourite races … Very wet before the race but perfect during the race. Shame that I had not done more long runs over the summer.


Chester Marathon … Special Team !!

New Kit ….

Apologies for the Radio Silence ….

So I’ve run most of the Club Championship races now with just the Half Marathon @ Maidenhead to go. And I enjoyed the Summer League races which I ran for the first time this year – definitely one series to run next year.

The last few weeks have been a bit cooler and so I have at last been able to do the longer runs that I need for the 3 autumn marathons that I have to run.  The 2nd of the 3 marathons is Chester where I find myself invited to be part of the England Masters Marathon Team for which I have new kit to wear !

And also Summer League results …