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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Runner knits his way into record book

via Runner in KC Marathon knits his way into record book – KansasCity.com. I heard about this strange but true story on the morning radio. A guy has run a complete 42.2km marathon, while knitting a 12 foot scarf. When I came home I just had to see if there was an accompanying photo that […]

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When the going gets hot, the hot go to #Dubai Sports World

The Summer heat in Dubai was making my weekly tennis matches a game more of perseverance, attrition, and stupidity than fun or skill. Rather than migrate to the air-conditioned squash court, a friend found a good tennis deal going at Dubai Sports World.  To be clear, it is on planet Earth between June 21 and August […]

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X multiplied by Y = why

Many runners enjoy running in groups. Running with company can help in terms of safety, and just extra enjoyment to pass the time. However, everybody runs at different paces. I recently experienced a situation where runners set off at different times, running at their own speeds, and hoped to meet up at some point on […]

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Another great half marathon – tho not a personal best

Today I ran my third Dubai Creek Striders half marathon. It was a thoroughly enjoyable and wonderful event, even though I didn’t quite achieve my goal of bettering my personal best time from last year. Early on it seemed it wasn’t going to be my day. I started out a little behind where I wanted […]

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The Olympics selection business case

The “ruling” is in, Pippa Savage won’t compete at the London Olympics. A couple of weeks ago, Emma Snowsill also lost her “appeal”. Olympic selection is no longer a sacred unassailable privilege. It’s a discriminatory process – potentially costing athlete’s opportunities, which is right for legal challenge. Perhaps the athletes’ intentions are to make sure […]

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Marathon PB at Dubai Marathon, 27 January 2012

Yesterday at the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon I crushed my running goal of 3:30. I crossed the line in a net result of 3:23.32 – which I’m very happy with. The time’s 15 minutes faster than my former best, in 2007; and 35 mins better than my last marathon just over 2 years ago. I’m […]

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Dubai touch footy

I played a game of touch footy this evening as a fill-in. The conditions were superb. So the weather was almost the opposite of two nights ago when I went for a run to the Burj Al Arab and back. That night I returned possibly three kilograms lighter from loss of fluids. Contradictory to this […]

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These shoes are made for running

In my 33 years on this planet I’ve run two marathons. My first was at Gold Coast in 2007, my second was in Berlin, Germany last year. This has led some of my colleagues to be misinformed into thinking I’m a marathon-er. A marathon-er runs constantly through the year, running marathons whenever it takes their fancy. […]

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