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At the start of March last year (2015), Wendy completed her first Duathlon and she had such a good time that when we were offered free places in any event by Epic Events for marshalling at their Delamere race we both jumped at the chance to have a go at it this year. Before any thoughts of training my first task was to get a bike. I already had a mountain bike but the Duathlon needed a different kind of animal so I was finally going to buy a pure…

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It doesn’t seem that long ago since I was moping about the house after pushing too hard and too far to try and reach 1000 miles and injuring myself but February landed and with it came the first race of the year, Maddog 2015, A Game of Bones, a fast, flat 10km race along the sea front at Southport. My specific 10k training up until a couple of weeks before had been non existent. I’d done our usual 5k parkruns on Saturdays at Cuerden Valley which satisfied the need for…

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To keep us motivated through the darker, wetter and definitely colder months we set ourselves a target race for the start of the year, the Inskip Derby Arms Half Marathon. This was to be Wendy’s longest race and the build up was going well until, at the start of December, she tripped over a grid, gashed her knee and badly sprained her wrist. After a couple of visits to A&E it was splinted and although not broken she was signed off work until just after the Christmas break (no pun intended……

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Today is the anniversary (well its actually tomorrow date wise) of us starting to run, a year doesn’t seem that long ago but considering what we’ve done, the new friends we’ve made and the changes in both lifestyle and fitness for us both it has turned into one of the best decisions we’ve made. This time last year we ventured out of our front door for the first steps of our journey as the app. on Wendy’s phone gave us the first instructions of the couch to 5k programme (C25K).…

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The Autumn sun greeted us as we arrived at The Lowry Outlet, Salford, for our first ‘mass participation’ run, the City of Salford 10k. We’d received our packs in the post at the start of last week and followed the directions (and timing) to the car parking which meant we arrived in plenty of time. In fact we arrived almost an hour and a half early. Neither myself or Wendy had been to Salford Quays before so we spent a lazy hour walking round the many futuristic looking buildings in…

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The time had finally come, all the Sunday mornings getting up early and going for a long run had come to this. It was just after midday and the weather looked perfect as we arrived at Freckleton Cricket Ground for my first ever half Marathon. Wendy had come along to support me which I was grateful for as I was feeling a bit out of my comfort zone. Everything was very well organised and I had soon collected my race number and chip timer (which was firmly attached to my…

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It’s been a while since I rambled on about anything on here as I’m fairly sure everyone else in the country is as bored of the crappy weather as I am and let’s face it, the BBC and TV in general can do much better coverage than I can but… I’m British damn it and I will not let a little bit of weather stop me. I will go running, fishing, have a BBQ or whatever even if I get hypothermia while doing it, Mother Nature be damned! So, quick…

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Who would have thought that only 4 months after starting to run we'd be entering a 10k race. I'm still surprised myself but it was the exact anniversary of us 'giving up smoking' and it felt like the right way to celebrate our new found fitness and health. Mad Dog 3, Judgement Day, was organised by Southport Hesketh Round Table and as it couldn't be much closer to our house unless it started from our front door this was to be our first race. We got up early, fuelled up…

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I've endured all sorts of injuries getting to the ripe old age of nearly 46, from broken wrists as a child (3 times) to strained shoulders due to bad technique while surf casting but I've never experienced the frustration of having an injury that truly stops me doing something I like doing. At the end of last year, the 27th December to be precise, I stupidly continued running up hill during a gentle Sweatshop Running Community session in Chorley. We were doing 20 minutes out and 20 minutes back to…

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It was with a little trepidation but much excitement that we left the house yesterday morning for our first ever 5 kilometre race. This was our first target and marked the end of our ‘couch to 5k’ programme. We arrived early as I wasn’t exactly sure where to park or how a Parkrun was organised but we soon saw other runners arriving at Avenham Park cafe and after seeing someone putting out signs and having a quick chat we waited, a little nervously for things to start. The race director…

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