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Wandering the World

Stories and tips from around the world.

Graffiti covered Berlin Wall at the East Side Gallery

Germany

Twelve years ago, before the age of the smart phone, I visited Berlin at the start of my adventure spanning three European countries. I was younger then, and less experienced at travelling, and with a friend in tow we had a tendency to get lost. I'd injured my hand a few days before from judo, this time I was no longer a judoka, but a runner. Now I was returning solo to run the Berlin Marathon as the first part of a railway journey around Germany in a time when a global pandemic is at the forefront of everyone's minds. How would it affect this adventure, and what would be different? This time I'd only have myself to rely on…

September 14, 2021 to September 14, 2021 | 1 posts

Bassingbourn Half Marathon 2018

A half marathon in Cambridgeshire, and another chance to chase that sub-90 time. How much would the UK heatwave affect the result?

July 1, 2018

Endure 24 2018

A return to Wasing Park for another go at Endure 24 with no fixed plan, just a vague idea that it'd be nice to do more miles than before. Could I run that far so soon after Malawi?

June 10, 2018

Lake Malawi

Malawi

A week in the "warm heart of Africa" volunteering on community projects in the Nkope area through Impact Marathon Series. We worked on building a primary school using their traditional building methods, fitted new bins to help tidy up, cleared fields and planted trees, along with putting on a school sports day for the children there. The week ended with one of the toughest marathons I'll ever do…

May 15, 2018 to May 27, 2018 | 8 posts

MK Rocket 5K 2018

My third time doing this 5K. The first time had been a PB, but the second time it seemed I'd plateaued - I was no longer improving my times. So what would doing it a third time be like? Could I finally get that elusive sub-19 time?

May 6, 2018

Greater Manchester Marathon 2018

A return to one of my favourite marathon courses, this time underprepared and completely unsure of what the end result might look like. Sometimes, just sometimes, the conditions on the day can surprise you and allow you to more than beat your goals.

April 8, 2018

Ashbourne 10K 2018

A 10K race along the Tissington Trail from Ashbourne. This was my second time doing this race, but was one I wasn't ready for.

March 24, 2018

MK Winter Half Marathon (Feb 2018)

Read my race review for Milton Keynes Winter Half Marathon, starting and finishing at Willen Lake. It was a fast course, and I found myself unintentionally coming out of it with a new PB, and being depressingly close to that elusive sub-90 as things didn't go entirely to plan

February 18, 2018

CRUK London Winter Run 2018

My plan for the start of 2018 was a simple one. I’d start with the Ashbourne 10K, the Reading Half, and then finish off with my third attempt at the Greater Manchester Marathon. Like everything, plans change. I’d planned to be in London on Saturday 3rd February to visit the British Library, but had no plans on staying for anything else. When the Winter Run was advertised it reminded me that it’s …

February 4, 2018

Morocco

October 25, 2017 to November 3, 2017 | 3 posts

Nepal

November 7, 2016 to December 3, 2016 | 14 posts

Arizona

September 27, 2016 to October 8, 2016 | 9 posts

California

October 27, 2015 to November 13, 2015 | 9 posts

Magellanic Penguins building a nest

Antarctica Day 7

We went ashore again at Port Stanley and saw coastal defences, and penguins.

January 3, 2014

Black-browed Albatross close-up

Antarctica Day 6

Our first stop on the expedition was on the Falklands.

January 2, 2014

Champagne Glass saying "Happy New Year Plancius 2013/4"

Antarctica Day 5

At last we were onboard the Plancius, and the journey had begun in earnest. From now until the day we made our final landfall we would be spending a lot of time at sea.

January 1, 2014

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Sainsbury's Sport Relief Mile (6 mile)
A run around Leicester Forest East RFC in support of Sport Relief. This is an initiative set up by Comic Relief to raise cash and change lives of poor and disadvantaged people in the UK and across the world.

Sainsbury's Sport Relief Mile (6 mile)
A run around Leicester Forest East RFC in support of Sport Relief. This is an initiative set up by Comic Relief to raise cash and change lives of poor and disadvantaged people in the UK and across the world.

Sainsbury's Sport Relief Mile (6 mile)
A run around Leicester Forest East RFC in support of Sport Relief. This is an initiative set up by Comic Relief to raise cash and change lives of poor and disadvantaged people in the UK and across the world.

Sainsbury's Sport Relief Mile (6 mile)
A run around Leicester Forest East RFC in support of Sport Relief. This is an initiative set up by Comic Relief to raise cash and change lives of poor and disadvantaged people in the UK and across the world.

Sainsbury's Sport Relief Mile (6 mile)
A run around Leicester Forest East RFC in support of Sport Relief. This is an initiative set up by Comic Relief to raise cash and change lives of poor and disadvantaged people in the UK and across the world.

Sainsbury's Sport Relief Mile (6 mile)
A run around Leicester Forest East RFC in support of Sport Relief. This is an initiative set up by Comic Relief to raise cash and change lives of poor and disadvantaged people in the UK and across the world.

Sainsbury's Sport Relief Mile (6 mile)
A run around Leicester Forest East RFC in support of Sport Relief. This is an initiative set up by Comic Relief to raise cash and change lives of poor and disadvantaged people in the UK and across the world.

Sainsbury's Sport Relief Mile (6 mile)
A run around Leicester Forest East RFC in support of Sport Relief. This is an initiative set up by Comic Relief to raise cash and change lives of poor and disadvantaged people in the UK and across the world.

Sainsbury's Sport Relief Mile (6 mile)
A run around Leicester Forest East RFC in support of Sport Relief. This is an initiative set up by Comic Relief to raise cash and change lives of poor and disadvantaged people in the UK and across the world.

Sainsbury's Sport Relief Mile (6 mile)
A run around Leicester Forest East RFC in support of Sport Relief. This is an initiative set up by Comic Relief to raise cash and change lives of poor and disadvantaged people in the UK and across the world.

Sainsbury's Sport Relief Mile (6 mile)
A run around Leicester Forest East RFC in support of Sport Relief. This is an initiative set up by Comic Relief to raise cash and change lives of poor and disadvantaged people in the UK and across the world.

Sainsbury's Sport Relief Mile (6 mile)
A run around Leicester Forest East RFC in support of Sport Relief. This is an initiative set up by Comic Relief to raise cash and change lives of poor and disadvantaged people in the UK and across the world.

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