Another RAK half marathon – 2017

Yesterday the RAK half marathon impressively lived up to being the world’s fastest half marathon. Peres Jepchirchir of Kenya set a new world record for the women’s half marathon, in 65:06. I heard she was hunched over after the finish looking like she was about to vomit. No history books will mention that. The weather conditions […]

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2017 Dubai Marathon

Yesterday morning I lined up to participate (not compete) in yet another Dubai Marathon .. This year’s event had extra interest with a confident Kenenisa Bekele declaring he was going to break the world record.  On top of the glory of owning the world record, there was a nice $250,000 reward on offer for bettering the mark […]

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Yet another Striders half – 09 Dec 2016

Yesterday I ran my seventh straight Johnson Arabia Dubai Creek Striders Half Marathon. It’s clearly a race I don’t want to miss. Every year the event gets bigger and better. As I began running with the large community of Dubai runners I wondered, what colour would you need to wear these days to stand out? Fluororescent […]

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2015 goals, SMASHED!

At the start of the year I created two goals. One was a regimented goal to run 100kms per month, 1200kms over the year. It was a hopeful attempt to maintain a better level of fitness rather than getting into prime shape for a marathon now and again. Last year I set a goal to run […]

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Another Striders half – 4 Dec 2015

Yesterday I enjoyed my sixth straight Johnson Arabia Dubai Creek Striders Half Marathon. It’s always enjoyable, so much so that many describe it as the most beautiful in the world.  I love seeing so many examples of wonderful human achievement. And that’s just afterwards with people piling their breakfast plates with mountains of pork and […]

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Today I owned a school sport day

This morning at Lewis’s school sports day they had a Dad’s race. I didn’t want to take it too seriously, in case I lost. But I certainly wanted to be calmly competitive and give a good show for Lewis. As the 10 or so of us took off I tried to stay close with a […]

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Another RAK half weekend – 13-14 February 2015

For the second year in a row I ran in the world’s fastest half marathon. The “in” is important here. The RAK half marathon claims this title I think based on the top ten finishing times being faster than any other. Dennis Kimetto – the holder of the world record for the marathon, started the […]

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Dubai Marathon 2015 – Ouch

My new employer is big into health & wellness. I was caught up in the emotion and nominated with the team to run the full marathon, my third Dubai marathon in four years. This is a blog about a marathon I ran. So I should start with all the excuses from the outset. I hadn’t […]

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Sorry again Queensland

The week before last, was the first game of this year’s (Australian) State of Origin rugby league series. For rugby league fans, this is one of the major events in the calendar. Sadly, my state of Queensland (the good guys) lost in a close encounter. That gives their opposition New South Wales Blues the upper […]

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