Why do you run?

We talk all the time about why we run. For clarity, for physical health, for mental health, to get outside, to meet people, to challenge ourselves, for, well, something to do. What it's not is about how fast you are. But... it is, isn't it? You and I and that guy over there in the …

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New year, new race plan

I like the start of January. I like the clarity, the clean division between one measure of time and the next, the start of a something. I don't believe in a "new you" (save me, please, from trite lifestyle features and wellness posts), but I do believe in the blank page of a diary, the …

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The season of change

Change is magical.  Metamorphosis, alchemy, transmutation; words that conjure ritual and pagan lore, golden crucibles, and half-hairy limbs contorted.  Perhaps that’s why so many of us feel drawn to autumn, a flame-coloured season forged by nature’s relentless cycle of change. We become eager, greedy spectators, watching the leaves turn russet and fall in photogenic heaps …

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Here Comes the Rain Again: A tale of my first ultra

We had been watching the weather all week, sending each other screenshots and comparing forecasters; as though the most favourable prediction would also be the most accurate. "BBC Weather says there's a 95% chance of rain until midday and winds of 46mph. But the Met Office thinks it's going to clear up at 10am, and …

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