I felt that this would be the month that would give me a clear indication of my abilities and potential to do the MdS, as I was running in the South Downs Marathon, which, by default of location, was to be very hard work. The terrain allowed only the best runners to run the hills, which us mortals had to walk, but I got round in 4:07 and didn’t hit the wall at all. Rain hammered down in the last 5 miles (won’t have this to contend with in Morocco), but with Andy Palmer, from Poole Runners as company the miles seemed easy and I finished with ease. I hit the wall the following day as I felt like I had flu that night, but recovered quickly with little discomfort, and returned to cross-training within a week.
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CompresSport - The best compression gear that i have used, for Quads and Calves, supplying gradual compression across the whole of the muscle, without restricting movement. One of my sponsors, and one to watch for the future as they grow with our support.
The choice of lenses is ideal for someone like me who wears contact lenses. I was amazed by how light and comfortable the glasses were. No fogging or bouncing whilst running, and a clear field of vision. They arel now the only glasses in my kit bag. Marks out of 10 - it can only be 10“
My running shoe provider. They have been keeping me on my feet since Novmber 2008, with a variety of top of the range shoes and recently sports sandals. Exceptional customer service and good all round advice on what to wear. Great range of trainers for all abilities, including Acics, Merrell, Salomon and Skechers
I ran my first Marathon in 2001 (London) and when registering for the race I saw an advert for the Marathon Des Sables, however circumstances dictated it would be another 5 years until I applied. 2007 I applied for the 2009 MDS and got in. The 24th Marathon des Sables lived up to its name as the "Toughest Footrace on Earth", as weather and uncertainty added to the distance. However I finished in 485th place (840 starters), sadly though a running buddy of mine Alex Flynn had to pull out midway due to serious illness, from which he has since recovered, but announce in July that he had been diagnosed the Parkinsons Disease. He wanted to raise £1 Million for Cure Parkinson Trust, so I proposed I would race 1 million metres in a year to promote the Charity and support him in his races, a task we duly completed in September 2010 (Alex now intends to make the 10 Million mark).
Running has now extended into Duathlons and Triathlons, and I have been fortunate to be supported by great companies, and I will continue to run, swim & cycle and have the aim of reaching 50 marathons by my 50th Birthday (10 now completed