May Recap - TP100, New Zealand, Liverpool and YouTube!

As May draws to a close, it’s time to take stock on maybe the craziest month I’ve ever had and see what’s coming up over the next few weeks! Three big races and launching on YouTube!


We started at the Centurion Thames Path 100 mile, from Richmond to Oxford.  Having completed the race in 2017 I was keen to come back and give it my absolute all for a better placed finish.  The baking heat soon put pay to that, with temperatures reaching 25 degrees in the afternoon sun.  It was simply a lesson in keeping moving forward, one foot in front of the other and not letting the conditions get into my head.  After one big sick, damaging my knee, multiple toilet stops in the bushes and lots of soul searching throughout the night, we finally crossed the line in 22:42, for 56th place. A PB, if such a thing exists for 100 mile ultras!  The near 50% drop out race this year showed just how hard those conditions were, so I was very proud of getting my second buckle!


For the weekend after we jetted off with Air New Zealand to the Hawkes Bay region on the North Island.  Running a marathon the week after a 100 miler will always be tough, but this added an extra dimension being 12,000 miles away! It was one of the most picturesque races I’ve ever done, running through vineyards, apple orchards and along the beautiful coastline.  Crossing the line in 2:58 was actually surprising considering how I was pretty much falling asleep in the latter stages of the race.  For the race video, with lots of on course footage, check out the link  


Going for three in a row we headed to Liverpool for the Rock n Roll marathon with the goal of trying to keep the sub 3 hour marathon streak going.  It was standing at 18 as I stood on the start line!  The sun shone down on a beautiful Liverpool day and I knew it was going to be another toughie.  After 5k I had two stitches and after 10k I was in a bit of trouble..  but somehow the drop off in speed plateaued and I managed to find some pace in the second half of the race to just dip in under 3 hours, in 2:59.  For the race video, with lots of on course footage, check out the link at


The following weekend I was meant to be lining up at the Grand Union Canal run, a 145 miler from Birmingham to London.  But sadly I was just too wreaked, too tired, too drained.  The schedule beforehand was overkill.  All my fault and I had to register a DNS, by first for many years.  A sad day, but I'll be back in a few years to tick that box. 

Up coming Events - Hopefully see lots of Strava and Instagram runners here! 

9th June - Endure 24
16th June - South Downs Way Marathon
7th July - Trail Verbier St Bernard 73k
4th August - NDW100
18th August - UltraVasan 90k

In other news!

I launched a YouTube channel with lots of running tips, tricks, advice, race reports.  If you’re looking for some help with your running check it out!  I’ll be uploading twice a week! It's now live! 


So that’s a wrap May.  You’ve been a blast!  500km run and raced. So many smiles over all of those miles. :-)  Bring on June! 

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