talking books and running

Social Media and ‘running with a famous guy’

Living in an age of the smart phone and social media accounts, two words seem to get a lot of air time than they ever did when I was a kid - in fact one of the words, the selfie wasn't even invented. The second word, narcissistic was – although I never heard it used....

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Rio The Good, Bad, Ugly and Bizarre

The Olympic Games have that Christmas feel to them. The expectation of something exciting, the long build-up to that, then in a flash it's all over. On January 1st, one of the first tweets I read simply said, ‘It’s Olympic year.’ That was exciting. For me the Rio...

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An Olympic Oddity

With the Rio Olympic Games three weeks away, something tells me we will see athletes caught out drug cheating, if not in Rio, then sometime after. Sadly it's something that's been going on for a long time now. The third section of my first novel No Wind is called...

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Product Review | Octane Zero Runner ZR7

Over my life, I’ve done a lot of running, a lot of it at a faster than average pace for competitive competition. Over that time, I’ve also slowly broken down as a runner as I’ve built up scar tissue and issues that make running on the road or grass problematic. I now...

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The World Indoors at Portland

Over the last weekend I really enjoyed watching the latest edition of the World Indoor Track and Field Championships, held in Portland, Oregon. Of particular interest this time around for me was to gauge the reaction to the sport, given these championships were held...

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Paperback Writer | The dream job

A year ago a British YouGov poll asked what was the most desirable job you could have, and the top three most desirable jobs that came back were being an author, a librarian and an academic. A whopping 60% of respondents said working as a full time author was their...

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Flag Waving in Rio

Despite the turmoil eating away at the IAAF in 2016, this year is a special one, being an Olympic year. In eight months’ time we will have a cracker track and field competition underway at Engenhão Stadium in Rio de Janerio, and I for one can’t wait. As some...

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WADA, IAAF & All That

When I retired from running in 1991,  one reason was because I’d become a father and I had decided I wanted to focus on being a family man rather than an absent parent who was off running all the time. In the background to deciding that, I’d also reached a point where...

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2016 What I’m Expecting

It’s day three into 2016 and with nothing much having happened yet, it’s still early enough to have a ponder about what this year might hold. 2016 is a leap-year and it’s also an Olympic year with the eyes of the world set to focus firmly on Rio de Janeiro, Brazil...

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