My ‘Roving Reporter’ race report for Isle of Wight half marathon in August, published in Running magazine.
With Chicago Marathon firmly behind me and NYC Marathon sending me a ballot rejection, all eyes were on my next race; a dip back into 13.1 miles.
Several road marathons and half marathons done, I started to look for a new challenge to push myself that bit further.
Ever since I took up running in 2011 my dream has been to run all six World Marathon Majors. Four years on I found myself in the 2015 Chicago Marathon (my 4th WMM), having been successful in the lottery.
My third race in Spain, previous being Barcelona Marathon and Rock ‘n’ Roll Madrid, and it was back to the marathon. It was my first time to Seville and I was anticipating a flat course. Everything was seemingly in place for a good race despite my niggling hamstring injury.
After a summer of half marathons and the odd Park Run it was time to get back to the big 26.2 and another new destination, Budapest. After nailing my fastest marathon (3:32) in Tokyo at the beginning of the year, I was again aiming for a sub 3:30.
If, like us, you fancy a nice little team event in a lovely location after a year of lots of running get yourselves to Marathon des Alpes-Maritimes on France’s Côte d’Azur next November.
BUPA Great South Run, the 10-mile smaller sister of Newcastle’s Great North Run, is officially our favourite UK run to date and one we would return to.