Posts Tagged ‘Andy Ratcliffe’

Whilst out running on Saturday afternoon I noticed this sign on Madeira Drive. I quite like it. Anyway the weather forecast at 6am suggested it could be as cold as 4 degrees. Given my ‘half a wardrobe’ approach to packing for the weekend you would expect that to be no problem at all. I had […]

I had a great day and completed the 2012 Brighton marathon in 3h22m23s. I’m very pleased. Well done to everyone who finished today. Be proud of yourselves! I’d also like to personally and very publicly congratulate two very good friends of mine, James and Keith, on both setting PBs (by about 15 minutes each!!!) today. […]

I’m at the Brighton Marathon expo. The race timer is up, counting down to the gun. 22 hours to go! Just met Keith, the guy I first got to know exactly two years ago now when I ran the very first Brighton marathon. Nice bloke, great to see he’s doing well in his training, surprised […]

Many fellow runners and fellow ‘I hate being rushed because I panic’ types will appreciate the photo below. Some people say I’m obsessive about stuff. I can’t think why! This evening I packed (just) my running gear for the 3 miles on Saturday and of course the marathon on Sunday. I’m not sure I’ve covered […]

Hmm… It’s less than 96 hours to a marathon. Rest is what I need. Instead I find myself running up a fairly steep incline. John beside me asks if this is what I call a taper, delivered with the requisite level of mild comedy in his voice! No, this isn’t. No. Tonight was a quick […]

5 days to go. It’s exciting. It’s the third Brighton marathon. It’s my third Brighton marathon! I spent a bit of time trawling the website and checking the final details. My train ticket is booked and I’m all ready to go now. Aside from the legs! I’ve done a few longer runs since Barcelona and […]

It didn’t start well. My alarm woke us up at 5:30. Shame my bloomin’ Blackberry too-bloody-smart-phone had taken it upon itself to add another hour in addition to the one I added last night. Great to be woken up at 4:30 and spend 10 mins trying to convince yourself that it really has gone wrong! […]

I’m a last minute merchant when it comes to pre race prep. Always faffing about at midnight the night before. I’m the same with packing to go away though too. I finally went to bed at midnight. The flight is at 06:15 from Heathrow and the cab is booked for 4am. 3 hours kip it […]

…and I’m worse prepared for this marathon than the first one I ever did. Or any other marathon I’ve done come to think of it! Anyway, a few hundred quid spent on flights and hotels and a other £50 on a marathon entry sort of commits me to at least cross the start line. See […]

Gels are quite a simple science in many ways. You want to run long. Your body can [allegedly] cope with somewhere around 17 miles before it runs out of juice but you want to go further. Gels might just be what you need. What are they? Energy gels are a liquid food supplement, often predominantly […]