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This race is bonkers. 14 miles along city roads, through shopping arcades and up forgotten closes. Scrambling 600m up hills and bouncing down the other side, always wondering if you are going in the right direction. Avoiding cars, buses, pedestrians and, for the first time, trams. Across the fairway of a public golf course, up and […]

Saturday morning. The morning after arriving back from Tokyo. Tired and stiff, I wanted a run to eradicate the long flight from my legs. I did not fancy any of my usual routes and I wanted to try something new. A quick search provided the perfect answer – the Traprain Law hill race. Only a […]

Edinburgh Marathon, 25 May 2014 – Race Report

Posted: 26th May 2014 by mockjogger in Race reports
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Really, calling this race the Edinburgh Marathon is a masterclass of spinnery. The race starts in the centre of the city, fair enough, but then gets out of there as fast as possible, never to return. The East Lothian marathon would be a more appropriate moniker. Whatever, come Friday evening it was time to welcome […]

I really need to sort out this OCD need to have my race number attached to my shirt in the correct position. As the announcer at the registration centre in Loch Leven Community Campus called runners to make their way to the race start (a walk of about a mile), I was on attempt #3 […]

Great Edinburgh Run, 27 Apr 2014 – Race Report

Posted: 28th April 2014 by mockjogger in Race reports
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At risk of sounding like a wannabe Edinburgh tourist spin jockey, this place is righty proud of it’s City Centre. It is small and varied, with historical landmarks dating back centuries, open parkland and contemporary venues. When the chance comes to race here, I’m up near the front of the queue. This year, the Great […]

Paris Marathon, 6 Apr 2014 – Race Report

Posted: 8th April 2014 by mockjogger in Race reports
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The travel connections, like almost all the logistics for the Paris Marathon went like clockwork. I flew from Edinburgh to Paris on Friday morning before the race. Off the flight, RER to Chatalet, a couple of metro switches later and I was at the Expo in Porte de Versailles. There were no queues at all […]

The Meadows is a wonderful place; an open park that divides the centre of Edinburgh from the south-side. I choose to live beside them. In most of my training runs I run round or through them. So an opportunity to take part in a race where I could almost literally fall out of bed onto […]

Not so much thrilla in Devilla, more pain in the rain. Inevitably, having carried me through the first part of marathon training with no problems, my right hamstring muscle chose to go south just before my first race for 3.5 months. So, after self-prescribed regime of rest, stretch and foam roll, I got up on […]

MoRun Edinburgh 10K, 9 Nov 2013 – Race Report

Posted: 11th November 2013 by mockjogger in Race reports
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Before getting into the race itself, I would like to get one thing out of the way. I wore tights for this one. Running tights. There, it’s all out in the open. I feel strangely liberated. OK, now back to the race. A chilling 2 degrees with bright November sunshine met me as I left […]

An early entrant in my race calendar, the Great Scottish Run was a race I had been looking forward to for a long time. 12,000 people, a city route, crowds yelling support and live TV coverage capturing the whole thing. That, and I was lining up alongside Haile Gebrselassie. It was going to be like […]