Suzhou Run for Blue Rotary Run

18556250_10211368644963751_3808205523281306515_nThe Suzhou ‘Run for Blue’ 5k Rotary run took place just a couple of kilometres from my house. Starting at 9am on a hot Saturday morning, 20th May 2017. It was nice short race for a good cause, well organized, and a first place finish for me!

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Lost in Thailand Part 2: 12th Don Bosco Minimarathon 2015

1536433_10204983203611708_6050662961719386382_nRunning in the heat can be tough. For this particular race I was also coming back from injury and dealing with weight issues. It was a humid 25 degrees Celsius and I could still feel my sore foot after a good three months of easing back in, but an old trick picked up from the mountains in Mexico would help me put in a decent race time and pick up a nice trophy as a souvenir of my holiday.

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Wuzhong Four Seasons Trail 30k

The Wuzhong Four Seasons 30k would be my first trail race in over a year, and I sure felt it. Just under five hours in the mountains climbing 1,900 meters over 30 kilometres with some leg busting ascents and gnarly downhill. And a good bit of narrow, stony, and downright hazardous trail thrown in just for good measure. A nice challenging race and a great start to the 2018 running calendar.

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Lianyungang International Marathon 2017

DSC_0828The most significant factor effecting my performance at the 2017 Lianyungang Xu Wei International Marathon would be the harsh north wind. It made me push out too fast at the start and slowed me right down during the tough middle section. If I ran this one again I would have paced myself better at the start and used the other runners to shelter myself more during the windy mid-section. This time I had a poor race strategy and suffered. Not my worst time ever, but certainly a race to put down to experience more than anything else.

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Bicycle camping in Taiwan, Day 5: Guanshan to Hualien

IMG_6119This would be our best day’s cycling yet. Over 100km. Across the tropic of Cancer and out of the rift valley to Hualien on the coast. Moving day and night in the rain to get to the city before catching the train the next morning.

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20th Hong Kong International Marathon 2016

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There’s no place in the world like Hong Kong. It’s the closest you’ll get to Blade Runner without actually travelling into the future. Formerly a possession of the British Empire, passed back to China in 1997, the place is an eclectic mix of everything that passes through it densely packed into 1,000 squared kilometres, hemmed in by the sea on one side and the mountains on the other. The marathon used to run from Hong Kong to Shenzen but now runs completely within the territory. A lot of the route passes out of the city over bridges and under tunnels so there’s not an awful lot interesting to see. It’s not a particularly fast marathon either, and it rained quite heavily during the 2016 edition, but I managed a half decent time of 3:24:02 and had a very enjoyable trip.

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Leicester Marathon 2015

12186387_10206171383341430_6706296778174249077_o Leicester is a city slap bang in the middle of England about halfway between London and Liverpool, famous for Garry Lineker, Walkers Crisps and Leicester City Football Club. Back in season 2015/16 Leicester City would go on to lift the English Premier League title. My own showing at the Leicester Marathon on the 25th of October 2015 would be somewhat less triumphant, hitting the wall badly around the half way point to hobble home in 3 hours 34 minutes.

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