Energized Sports Wimbledon Half Marathon 2015

Having not raced for three weeks I was keen to get back on it. In the middle of the week a couple friends (Freya & Alan) let me know that they were doing the Wimbledon half marathon. After a few days of contemplation I decided to commit to the race and signed up on Saturday. I love living in London and being able to sign up to races at the last minute. Due to not running much over the last three weeks I was starting to feel back to normal after the Bristol + Bath and Trailscape North Marathons six days apart.
Due to the race being in Wimbledon I woke up around 6am to begin my journey across London. Stepping out my front door and into the freezing cold I was starting to regret my decision to race. I got the bus, tube and train and walked to the race start.  

  

 I was there in plenty of time to collect my race number and drop off my bag. Freya was unfortunately feeling under the weather so couldn’t make it but I met up with Alan near the number pick up. We dropped off our bags and did a short run to warm up; it was ridiculously cold especially in the wind. It’s not very often I resort to wearing a bobble hat and gloves but I’m glad I had them on me. I just wish I’d have worn one of my buffs too. Having warmed up slightly we waited around for our start time of 9:15. At 8:45 the 10k race started and just after two guys were chatting and casually walked passed me and Alan:

Runner no.1: “How’re you feeling, ready to race?”

Runner no.2 “Yeh I’m feeling… (looks over to see hundreds of runners sprinting off the start line) Oh Shit!” (Both peg it to the start!)

Lesson: Know what time your race starts. (Alan and I were in hysterics!)

After this slapstick comedy we headed to the start line, we chatted about goal times for the race and both decided we would run together and aim for 1:30 then adjust our pace depending on how we felt. We ticked off the first couple miles around 6:52 pace so on target for 1:30; we then gradually pushed the pace and made the most of a nice downhill section. As we all know when you run down on a looped course you’re going to have to run back up. Luckily the hill wasn’t that long or steep so we could maintain sub 7 min/mile pace. It was a bit bizarre to be in a race running along chatting with a mate but it was good as the miles flew by. Once we’d run up the hill around mile 5 the route was pretty flat. It was good to get the first half of the race done and know where to push and hold back for the second lap. We went through half way in around 43 minutes so knew we would be closer to 1:25 than 1:30 if we kept pushing on.

As we went into the second lap we caught up with a large pack of runners (they were taking a little detour as didn’t know which road one of the marshals was pointing down) it was good to be moving forward throughout the race chasing down runner after runner. When we got to the downhill section the pack closed the gap and applied some pressure but we stepped it up a bit and moved away. As the run went on the weather was picking up and because there wasn’t much wind it was almost ideal running conditions. We broke the race into chunks mentally and were saying “the quicker we’re up the hill the stronger we’ll feel and it’ll be 5k or so to the finish”. We were going through the gears and using our competitiveness to aim to overtake the person in front. Something Nick Anderson said at the Brighton Marathon Expo was that “the marathon doesn’t start until 20 miles, and then you shouldn’t stare at your watch but focus on the runner in front and try to overtake as many people as possible.” This turns the race into a bit of a game and mentally it’s much better to pace it and feel good passing runners rather than being overtaken. Having done a fair few races now I much prefer to race this way, when I did my first few events I would go out fast and then try and hold onto the pace and suffer in the last few miles. Every now and then I still take this approach for instance over 5k and 10k particularly you have to suffer to get those personal bests. Had I been aiming for a time and personal best for this half marathon I would’ve pushed it more and wouldn’t have been at conversational pace for the majority of the race. Yesterday the Wimbledon Half was more about enjoying it and getting in a long run at pace so I can still do big mileage this week and get ready for the Trailscape Marathon on the 5th of December.

As the race continued Alan and I upped the pace we managed to do the last four miles in: 6:49 (up the hill), 6:25, 6:16 & 6:16.  

 We crossed the line in 1:25:26 (on the chip) in 33rd and 34th. Considering we were talking about doing 1:30 we smashed it. Had the route of been a little less hilly I’m sure Alan would’ve got a new PB, I think it stands at around 1:25. I’m sure he will get his half time more in line with his 2:58 marathon soon with the track work he’s doing and the long runs we’re planning. Next year it’ll be good to see what he can do, we’re doing a lot of the same races like Essex 20, Cardiff Half, Paris Marathon, London Marathon, Edinburgh Marathon and maybe Race to the King.

The race was well organised, I arrived early so picked up my number and dropped off my bag with now waiting or issues. The bag drop was well managed so collection was smooth. The goodie bag was decent, ironically we p.. p.. p.. p.. picked up a couple Penguin bars in the cold. We also got water, bananas and a Capri-sun so can’t complain with that. The medal wasn’t really anything to shout about unfortunately but for a relatively cheap half you can’t expect the biggest and best bling.

Well done to everyone that raced or trained in the cold over the weekend. Well done to Lorna and Sasha in particular doing the Norwich Half Marathon. They finished in 2:14 in what was Sasha’s first half marathon. Apparently listening to terrible music like Taylor Swift and Bieber makes you run faster ha I suppose the quicker you run the sooner the music stops.

See a lot of you soon

Steve

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I’m a #Runderwearer

  

I was sent a pair of Runderwear to test a few months back. Luckily for me I received them just before the Isle of Wight Fell Race Series where I thought it would be good to test them out. Before trying Runderwear I hadn’t really thought much about specific running underwear as the boxers I generally wore were ok. However there have been races in the past like Race to the Stones 100k where chafing has been an issue, I think there are always going to be minor issues in an ultra but maybe if I’d have known about or had Runderwear then this would have been one less thing to think or worry about. Despite being described as “the best sports underwear in the world for committed athletes” I was a little apprehensive because we all know about the “nothing new on race day” rule. However due to the first race of the Isle of Wight Fell running series being 4k (or so) I thought it wouldn’t be the end of the world if I did have issues. I was pleasantly surprised putting on the underwear, they are soft and super comfortable and due to their 360 degree seamless construction they are chafe free. Due to an ergonomic design the elastane works with the contours of your body to stay in place throughout your run, which is good especially when you’re running straight up and down a big hill over 4k. When you run and race a lot it’s important that you are comfortable and don’t have to worry about anything else other than your performance. Since becoming a Runderwearer I have worn them frequently. I have been impressed that after lots of washes they haven’t lost their shape or faded at all. I’ve worn them for all sorts of races including the Bristol + Bath Marathon, Trailscape North Marathon etc and have had no issues whatsoever. They are definitely my go to for races now.

For more information on Runderwear check out their website here:

http://www.runderwear.co.uk

If you’re a Runderwearer I would like to hear what you think of them too, comment on here or message me @stephenskinner6 on Twitter & Instagram.

See a lot of you soon

Steve

Winterton-on-sea training weekend 2015

  
A few weeks ago my girlfriend Lorna invited me to join her and a few of the Colchester running club on a training weekend in Winterton-on-sea. This is a training weekend that they have done for many years. Having a few races coming up I thought it would be good timing and so accepted the offer. Before we headed to the coast Lorna and I did a short shakeout run in London on the Friday morning, we did 5k along the river which was good despite cold windy conditions. In the afternoon we met Alex (Lorna’s brother) to be picked up. We travelled up to Winterton-on-sea stopping off to stock up on all the essential running fuel. This included full breakfast ingredients (for Saturday & Sunday morning), rocky roads, millionaire shortbreads etc and Frozen (the film) cupcakes for Alex’s birthday. All the good stuff!
We quickly unpacked and then headed to the pub, The Fishermans Return. The pub was really nice and the food was perfect for fuelling up for what was planned over the weekend. The portions were massive! We had a few drinks and spent the evening chilling and playing darts, I don’t like to brag but I think I won. We got a pretty early night to make sure we all had lots of energy for the three sessions on the Saturday.  

The first run was a 5k shakeout along the beach, it was pretty cold and windy but I was happy to be out of London for the weekend.  

 It was great to meet a few of Lornas friends and we chatted about recent running races and events planned.  

It was funny that Ben was running in a North London Half finishers t-shirt and that’s a race I did earlier this year (I suppose it’s not that funny given the fact I’ve done a lot of races!). Mid way through the run we couldn’t resist jumping off a few sand dunes: 

   We went back to the cottages where Adam (chef for the weekend) had prepared an awesome fry up. We ate quickly and then were soon off for the second session of the day. This was a short sharp hill session on the dunes.  

We ran three sets of four reps in relay teams of 3, so we got about 90 seconds rest between 200m laps. It was fun to push the pace and be racing people around each lap. The hill session was hard because every lap you were going from a harder surface to sand and back, on an undulating trail.  

After the hill session Lorna and I ran passed the single roundhouses where they used to stay for the training weekend. We went back to the cottages to rest for a couple of hours and brace ourselves for the circuit training Paul had up his sleeve. A few of the group went with the power nap approach, kind of wish I had too. I was thinking “Oh it’ll just be a couple of press ups and sit ups and I can take it easy”. After refuelling on some rocky roads, shortbreads and Cornelia’s awesome lemon drizzle cake we made our way back to the dunes for the circuit training.  

  

The circuit training consisted of all different kinds of exercises including press ups, burpees, crab walks etc. We did each drill for 60 seconds, rested for a bit and then did another 30 seconds. Paul was properly cracking the whip and we had motivational music which some enjoyed more than others (Ben Chivers! Ha). Once the session was done Paul offered a beer to the first person in the sea so we got to witness a great race between Robbie and Dave. A lot of the others joined them in the sea, I decided I preferred to be a little warmer, spoil sport I know. We shuffled our aching bodies back to the cottages once again, it was so rewarding to get back in the warm and dry.

As Winterton-on-sea is a little smaller than London we went back to the Fishermans Return (basically the only pub).  

This may sound like I’m complaining but with a menu like theirs I was happy to be going there again. The pub was really big; we found the pool table upstairs and played darts again. On Saturday there was a “band” playing, this was interesting as it was basically a man with an electronic keyboard playing all the 70’s (I think) classics. We got a relatively early night again as we were all pretty tired and we also knew a long run was planned for the Sunday morning.

We woke up on Sunday to the noise of 45 mph winds hitting the side of the cottage, perfect long run conditions. With all our warm clothes on we set off along the road, straight into the wind. This part was the hardest of the run because we were all still aching from the hills and circuits but once we turned a few corners and had loosened up a little we felt good. Most of the group were track runners and therefore quite a lot of them stopped around half way and got picked up by Dave in the car. However Lorna and I, having done more half marathons and marathons, carried on with Robbie and Jake (quick sixteen year old track runner). Robbie has been running for around 20 years or so mainly running 400/800ms and Jake was doing his furthest ever run, his previous being 6k. We ran along the dunes and went to see the seals on the beach. After a short stop we ran on some nice undulating trails to finish our 14k run. The whole weekend was great fun, but for me the best part was the long run, I may have to visit Winterton-on-sea again soon to explore more of the dunes and trails.

Overall I really enjoyed the weekend, it has made me realise how much I enjoy trail running and that I should be doing more circuit training, hills, and/or strength and conditioning work. Over the next couple of weeks I will be doing a decent amount of miles before the Trailscape East Marathon on the 5th of December with the AR Adidas Trail team. It’ll then be about doing base miles for next year’s races which I’m really looking forward to. I hope those of you that raced over the weekend had a great one; it’s been good to see a lot of your achievements on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Strava.

See a lot of you soon.

Steve

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Photos courtesy of Lorna (@lorns_runs) 

Review: Karkoa Smartbag 40

Recently I was contacted by Karkoa via Twitter and asked “Hi Steve do you want to try our innovative bag?” I checked out their website (karkoa.com) and decided to try the Smartbag 40.  
For clarity I was given the bag for free to trial and review. The bag is described as “the sportspersons locker room”. This is the main reason I decided on the 40L version instead of the 25L, I needed a big bag. I have a pretty big collection of bags varying in size for different running needs but nothing quite like the Karkoa Smartbag.This year, as a lot of you will know, I’ve raced a fair bit. The races have varied from 1 mile to 100k including 24 hour team relays, trail races and fell races where I’ve needed to take a lot of running kit. On a number of occasions I’ve travelled a fair way from London to do these races and have often ended up taking a couple of bags. I tend to take one for casual clothes and one for running kit etc. To add to that I take carrier bags/bin bags for after the race to put sweaty smelly running stuff in. One of the bags I tend to use is my Salomon Trail 20. I love this bag as it is really comfortable for running in, I tend to wear it to and from work. However due to its size I can only carry so much and it doesn’t have separate compartments for different clothing. My other running bags include a small asics one and a Salomon Race Vest for long runs when hydration etc is needed. The Smartbag 40 is obviously a much bigger bag and therefore is never going to be as comfortable to wear and run in compared to the Salomon Vest etc, they are two completely different things. 

 I have found the Smartbag great for weekends away. There are compartments for smart clothes, sportswear, running trainers (other shoes are available ha), phone and charger and a 1.5L drinks bottle. 

  

In one of the compartments there is also a toiletry bag and a waterproof bag for dirty clothes which is really handy.  

 I’m going to use this bag a lot for weekend trips and exploring, it’s that big I’ll probably take one of my other smaller lightweight running bags in it. Yesterday, I ended up having this bag on me and had to take it to track after work. I was in two minds as to whether it would be ok for running or whether I should get the tube. I decided to test it out on the run. It was pretty full with casual clothes and other things so not ideal. I was running with a couple of colleagues and a friend to track, we had two miles to do and we ran at about 7 min/mile pace. With the large heavy bag I wasn’t very nimble and agile but it’s good to know that if I have to run with it on again I can and it’ll be bearable. It’s good that the bag has a strap across the chest and the shoulder straps are well padded.

If you are travelling around a lot and like to keep your things clean and tidy I would definitely recommend this bag. The sportspersons locker room is definitely a good way of describing it. Here’s a link to a video of the bag in action: https://youtu.be/65bV9c7UjA8

If anyone else has trialled this bag it would be interesting to see how you found it. If you find a specific brand of running bag great it would be good to hear from you, just message on here or on Twitter &/or Instagram @StephenSkinner6

See a lot of you soon

 

 

Trailscape Marathon – Newport, North

On Saturday 31st of October I did the Trailscape marathon in Newport. This was the Northern race in the Trailscape rail to trail series that heads North, East, South and West of London so runners can race some great trails. I was asked by James and Claudia to join the AR (Advent Running) Adidas trail team a few weeks ago and instantly accepted the invite to race with them. Since meeting Advent Running we have enjoyed some great events, we smashed the Adidas Thunder Run, ran 50k (58k in the end) along the river crossing a lot of bridges on the way and have run for all kinds of reasons including bagels and beers.  

This  was taken by Ash Tehrani (@ashrunstheworld) on a recent Friday morning beigel run.

I run for a lot of the same reasons these guys do and therefore I’m looking forward to doing many more events and races with the team. The team is being supported by Adidas (as you could probably tell) and Stance socks which is great.

Despite doing the Bristol+Bath Marathon on the 25th of October I couldn’t resist signing up to the first trailscape race and decided the marathon distance would be a good challenge to see if I could recover quickly enough. I have tested myself in quite a few ways this year from numerous half marathons, marathons, Wings for Life (being caught by David Coulthard) to 24 hour team relays, fell races etc. I was nervous but excited to see how I would feel on this second marathon in six days. In the week between Bristol+Bath and the trailscape marathon I didn’t run much. I was back in Holsworthy, Devon for a couple of days after B+B and therefore couldn’t resist about an 11 mile run on Tuesday taking in my old stomping grounds.  Holsworthy Viaduct

I visited all the houses I used to live in whilst running through my hometown taking in the park and some great views.

The only other running I did in the week was the Victoria Park Harriers 2.9 mile handicap on Thursday night. I was planning to take it easy and use it as a shakeout run but those of you that know me or have read previous posts will know what happened. I said I was going to run 18 minutes for the 3 laps but ended up doing closer to 17 minutes as I felt good, I finished in second. In hindsight I maybe should’ve taken it a bit easier but I’ll learn at some point. I rested on the Friday and got a pretty early night after going to watch Spectre (great film!). I woke up at 5.30 on Saturday to get my kit ready and head to meet James, Claudia and Gabriel for 6.30. My legs felt relatively good but I could definitely feel the effects from the marathon the previous Sunday. We got to the race village in good time and set up the AR tent and collected our race numbers etc.   The marathon started at 8.30, for me this was good as I don’t like to be hanging around long before a race, I prefer to crack on. There were roughly 50 runners taking part in the marathon, it was good to see a lot of familiar faces. In the marathon for the AR Adidas Trail team was me, James, Ben, Spencer, Claudia, Gabriel and Lucy.

Having looked up the winning times from last year we knew we would finish highly. Myself and James headed off at around 7:15 min/mile pace, pretty much the same pace I did the Bristol+Bath Marathon at. A few other runners were with us for a bit but after a couple miles we opened up a gap. We were chatting away about the Beyond 26.2 event in The Running Works on Wednesday etc and unfortunately didn’t look down to see an arrow pointing right. After a half mile or so we realised we hadn’t seen any tape for a while so turned round to see a lot of other runners heading in another direction. We soon got back on the right trail and made up the ground quickly whilst chatting with fellow runners and AR Adidas Trail teammates. We soon got back into the lead holding the pace we thought was maintainable. It was good to share a lot of the miles with James. Being tired from the Bristol+Bath marathon etc it was good to have someone to chat to. James having completed 5 ironman triathlons, Western States 100 (which is on the bucket list), UTMB and Autumn 100 is a great person to listen to and pick up tips from. Over the marathon and ultramarathon distances pacing and nutrition is key and this is something I am going to experiment with more in the coming weeks and months. One thing I will be trialling is a caffeinated gel for the last 5 or 10k. I generally use the SIS gels, one every 7 miles or so which tends to work but every now and then I feel like I need an extra boost especially in the latter stages of races, hopefully a caffeinated gel has the same effect on me as James, he flew.

Another plus of running with James was that I could see where his foot was gripping or slipping. I took the front every now and then but predominantly I was following him. The course was really varied, there were sections where your feet would slide around, other sections where the mud would stick to your trainers (I wore my Inov-8 Race Ultra 270) and there was a knee deep “puddle” to swim through. It was quite good that the course was two laps because once you’d done the first lap you knew which “racing lines” to take. Albeit every now and then you could still be sliding around like Bambi on ice but that’s all part of the fun right. It was quite good fun to just run through the knee deep puddle, there was no tip-toeing around that. Photo courtesy of @trailscape

I may have to invest (I’m justifying buying more running shoes!) in some more trail shoes soon, my inov-8s were good but it probably would’ve helped to have something with a bit more grip/larger lugs. If anyone has any recommendations give me a shout.

We ticked off the miles. As we were getting closer to 20 miles I started to tire, James was looking strong and started to up the pace a little. I had to ease up as I didn’t think I could maintain the pace and I thought I would be risking an injury if I upped it. James carried on at around 7:15 pace; I really struggled over the last 5k or so. Mentally it was quite hard to fall back and have to run the last few miles on my own. However I decided to ease up a lot and just get round. I just visualised the last section of the route and remembered it was downhill to the finish. A couple of runners passed me on the last few miles and I was thinking “Bloody hell, these guys have paced their marathon well!” Then I remembered the half marathon and 10k had been going on and they were racing in those distances. However I picked up the pace a little for the last mile or so and got the job done. I was disappointed I couldn’t hold the pace and give James a race for his money/wooden plaque prize. Overall though I was happy to get round and be able to enjoy 27 miles through the countryside. I can’t complain with second place in 3:30:27 six days after doing my 5th marathon.  That’s six marathons in 18 months now, little bit mental really. It’s good to know I can do marathons back to back weekends, albeit in compromised times, but I’m not planning on doing it often. A huge thanks has to go to the Trailscape organisers, the event was really well organised. The medal, t-shirt and buff are awesome!    Well done to everyone that ran the first trailscape race whether you were doing the marathon, half marathon or 10k. The AR Adidas trail team was represented strongly:

10km – 1st Alex Van Oostrum @alexvanoostrum

Half Marathon – 3rd mens Fabio Rizzo, 2nd female Frida Sofia @missfridasofia

Marathon – 1st mens James Poole @jamesdpoole, 2nd mens Me @stephenskinner6, 1st female Claudia Schroegel @claudi8sA lot of the team also placed in the top 10 across all three distances and some great times were achieved on a tough course. If you want to follow more of the teams racing and adventures I recommend you follow Advent Running on Facebook, Twitter (@adventrunning) & Instagram (@ar-collective). There is a lot coming up! I personally can’t wait for the next trailscape marathon on the 5th of December in Cuxton, Kent for the East race. I also need to look into the logistics of doing some of the Maverick races next year.

Well done to everyone that ran in the New York marathon at the weekend by the way. Looking forward to hearing about it, see a lot of you soon.

Steve

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Bristol+Bath Marathon 2015

On the 25th of October I took part in the first Bristol+Bath Marathon. I signed up to this race almost as soon as I heard about it. The main reasons being that I lived in Bristol for a year and a bit and have visited Bath a few times because my sister lives between the two cities. Oh yeh that was another reason, accommodation was sorted, thanks Sar! Also having done the Bristol Half in 2012 & 2013 and the 10k earlier this year I knew the route would be scenic and the crowds would be rowdy, I was not let down.

I knew I was doing the race for ages but for some reason it just kind of crept up on me. Even on Friday night when I was out for a friends birthday drinks Lorna reminded me I had a marathon coming up, I kept forgetting (the drinks may have played a part in that ha). I guess because I hadn’t set a target time and because I’m in the best shape I’ve been in I felt really relaxed knowing it would be fun. The morning of the race arrived and I couldn’t wait to get going.  

 We (me, my mum and sister) headed to the race village pretty early. We had time to have a quick chat with Laura & Gabi, who run with Advent Running, and wish them good luck. I then bumped into Theo (an ex Waitrose colleague) and caught up quickly, he went on to do 3:20 in just his second marathon, well in mate! 
  Me and my sister Sar

After dropping my bag I limbered up and headed to the start line. When I first started running I used to get quite nervous before races. After doing a fair few in the last couple years I would say I now get more excited and enjoy the fact I don’t know how I’m going to feel in the race or what i’m capable of, you kind of have to embrace that uncertainty a bit. Having done some minor course research I knew there were hills around half way and near mile 21. I decided somewhere around 7:15 min/mile would roughly be a sustainable pace due to the hills. The first part of the race heads west out of Bristol under the Clifton Suspension Bridge. The weather was perfect, nice and cool and the sun was shining. In the first few miles I ran with random people and chatted about their running, I find you soon tick off a few miles when you’re chatting away. It felt a little strange running quite a few miles west to then turn back but once I made the turn I was happy knowing I was heading to Bath. Luckily it wasn’t windy under and near the Clifton Suspension bridge, I remember doing the half in 2013 and feeling horrendous (probably due to pacing and food aswell). Heading out of Bristol the crowds were great, it definitely helped having family there. I knew every couple of miles I would either be taking a gel or seeing family and these were great little boosts. 

I went through the halfway point of the race feeling really good, I was enjoying the scenic and undulating course. It was good that there were always plenty of runners around to follow and chat to every now and then. Around all the pubs on the roadside there were great crowds willing everyone on. I carried on around 7:15 pace and was surprised and pleased how good I felt, I guess because I only did track and a few short runs in the week I was well rested. I was around mile 20 and a runner started chatting to me about the hills coming up. He let me know they were long and relatively steep, it was good to know but at the end of the day you’ve just got get your head down, pull your socks up and take one step at a time. Because I was feeling good I took the approach of “the sooner I’m up this hill the quicker I’m running downhill or on flat road”. I definitely think doing the Isle of Wight Fell series with the Viccy Park Harriers and running the a Seven Sisters with work (Run Fast/The Running Work) has helped my speed and strength massively. 
  After managing the climbs there were some nice downhill and flat sections. I was starting to get pumped up for the finish through Bath. I reached mile 24 and I decided to have some fun (I have a strange concept of fun). I decided to not worry about my pace but see how many runners I could overtake in the last two miles. I do this a lot when I’m running, as I’m sure everyone else does. I end up racing other runners, sometimes cyclists, buses, swans etc etc. Where was I? Oh yeh two miles from the Bath finale. Flicking the switch from relaxed and comfortable mode (could be described as sexy pacing haha) to race mode was fun, I managed to overtake 40 runners and finish with a 5:55 last mile. My mum and sister were just before the finishing straight, it was so nice to have them there. I was buzzing when I crossed the line, the crowds on the streets of Bath were epic. I had finished my fifth marathon in 3:11:28 in 113th. Once I finished I joined my mum and sister to cheer people on. It was great to see friends finish, especially Gabi finishing her first marathon in prep for London next year. Well done to Theo, Helen, Laura, Natasha, Jen, for great runs too.  Great race, great medal

I answered a few questions about the Bristol+Bath Marathon for the allrounder mag, you can find them here: http://www.theallrounder.co.uk/bristol-bath-marathon/

  

 I have to say a massive thanks to my mum and sister for the support. I’ll be there supporting when you’re ready for a 10k, half or marathon Sar. Also thanks everyone for the good luck and well done messages, appreciate it. 

See a lot of you soon

Steve

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