A wet and wild start to 2014 at the Serpentine New Year’s Day 10k

There have been some inspirational athletic feats in Hyde Park over the past 18 months. Not me. Not today. Hyde Park – the grey setting of the annual Serpentine New Year’s Day 10k – was wet, windswept and wild. The new year had awoken with a hangover. Some races you enjoy; some you endure. Today…

The myth of ‘I can’t run fast…’

In a decade-and-a-half of running that has encompassed road, cross country and fell, and spanned 10k, marathon and ultramarathon (and everything in between), I never believed I could run very fast, that is relatively very fast for me, over short distances. The demands of running long distances would inevitably counter my ability to master 5k…

Moray Roadrunners 10k road race

The last time I was in Elgin to run was the Moray half-marathon in September: a distastrous 87-minute slog after my right calf went ping a mile after the start. Today was far better. Despite wind, rainĀ  and an undulating course around Elgin, I finished the Moray Roadrunners 1ok road race, part of the Northern…