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A bemused group of Japanese tourists found themselves mingling with a few hundred runners on top of an otherwise peaceful Sunday morning on Calton Hill. As they took obligatory pictures of Arthur’s Seat I thought I would try out my pigeon Japanese and say hello. They asked me what we were doing. I pointed out […]

Great Edinburgh Run, 17 Apr 2016 – Race Report

Posted: 19th April 2016 by mockjogger in Race reports
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The marketing folks at Great Run have been working overtime. This year the Great Edinburgh Run was re-branded “The World’s Favourite Race”, with T shirts to prove it. It is indeed a great city course, but somebody forgot to organise the weather. Again. So there I was, amongst about 4,000 fellow runners, jumping up and […]

Tokyo Marathon, 28 Feb 2016 – Race Report

Posted: 29th February 2016 by mockjogger in Race reports
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            Race day. I woke at 6.00 with a sense of relief. After a week of jetlag-induced insomnia, rare for me, I had slept well. I had a finely-tuned schedule to get to the race and it started with breakfast in the room – granola and dry fruit mix carried all […]

Mens 10k Edinburgh, 1 Nov 2015 – Race Report

Posted: 5th November 2015 by mockjogger in Race reports
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Why “mens” 10k? I asked myself when signing up for this one. Why would a race organiser cut off half their potential sign-up population? Who knows, but there were a few undercover ladies applying moustaches near the bag drop area, clearly determined to bend the rules. They had my vote. The race started on Lawnmarket, […]

You wait all year for a half marathon and then two turn up at the same time. Truth be known, the last thing on my mind after the Great Scottish Run last week was another race. Post GSR I had gone out for a couple of gentle runs and felt, I think the technical term […]

Preparations for this one were far from ideal. After a great month of running in August, expectations of achieving a good time in my first half marathon for a year were soaring, but that all dissipated when I came to a grinding halt in September. That, and a jet-lag inducing trip to Boston for the week […]

So here I am once more, in the playground of the nervous starts* This time last year I was lining up for the start of the Great North Run. I would have been very surprised if you had told me then that it would be a year before my next race, but that’s the way […]

The Great North Run is not a beautiful race. There are many other races which have better scenery, more attractive vistas and more variety. The Great North Run is all about the occasion, the atmosphere, the scale and the support, and on that score, nobody does it better. I entered this race way back at […]

Ah, Dundee. City of Discovery. This would be the first time I had run the same race a second time, after clocking a PB (at the time) last year. Arriving at Camperdown Park the feeling of deja vu was strong as I walked, with all the experience of one who knows, past the queues waiting for […]

I drove from Edinburgh to Stonehaven in the morning, parked in the leisure centre car park and strolled across a field to the rugby pavilion where the race would start and end. Putting two fingers up to the midweek BBC weather forecast, the start area was bathed in bright sunshine with just enough of a […]