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Grand Union Canal Challenge

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This weekend saw the start of the inaugural Grand Union Challenge and it was time for me to stage another attempt at a 100km hike. Vicky and I set off in glorious sunshine, from Paddington just before 10am. We were down on the canal in no time and began watching the looming storm clouds with [...]

Event Grand Union Challenge Walking

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How to Tape Your Feet for Blister Prevention

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I've had some great results from pre-taping my feet prior to long hikes and can now walk around 40 miles, confident that I won't get blisters. Even on this year's London2Brighton challenge where the weather conditions were appalling and I ended up wearing two pairs of unfamiliar shoes, I managed 57km feeling physically broken but [...]

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London2Brighton Challenge 2014: The Second Coming

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I've done quite few of my long training walks in my hiking boots but none of them were considered successful. I decided quite a long time ago that the London2Brighton 100k Challenge would be completed in my super cushioned Hokas' with my Inov8s' held back for the second half when my feet would likely have [...]

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The Wolf Run: The Aftermath

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This weekend we took part in our first Obstacle Race - The Wolf Run. A 10k trail run through Woods, over Obstacles, across Lakes and finally through Fields. Our team photo says it all, it's wet, muddy and results in belly aching hilarity. There are many obstacles, ranging from tyres, cargo nets, monkey bars, water [...]

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London 2 Brighton Challenge: The Debrief

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In running events I very quickly find myself in an enforced solitude, I start in the pack but within yards of the start the group have spread thin and my mind is free to wander. As a reformed antisocial loner I'm quite a fan of solitude. With mass participation walking events you have the same [...]

Challenges Featured Posts London to Brighton

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Packing my Bags

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I'm in to the final taper week for London2Brighton. I was scheduled for a gentle 10-miler but due to the actions of rogue trader, Russell Hollick we were rather pre-occupied attempting to clear up his mess. We were unfortunately introduced to this serial scam artist (aka Russ Hollick Heating Engineer) some months ago and recently [...]

London to Brighton

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Operation Surgical Spirit

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This weekend was going to be epic. Mileage to the max plus a curry with Rach. We ticked the curry off no bother, which just left the miles to deal with themselves. The plan was for Lynn to drop me close to the start of the Grantham canal which happens to be in Nottingham, she'd [...]

Featured Posts Injury London to Brighton Routes Walking

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Long Walks and Gadget Melt Down

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I'm still struggling with the temporary transition from running to walking and yesterdays outing with multiple gadget failure just hammered another nail in the coffin. Today's gadget doesn't support the long drawn out monotony of a distance walk and if I can't play with technology I'm just not that bothered. Walking is too pure for [...]

Gadgets London to Brighton Walking

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Sophisticated Ladies Run for Bolly

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Back in 2007, at my first Bushy Park Run I was introduced to two women who exposed me to the joys of sophisticated running. I've never been a stranger to the pleasure of a post run Stella but these two raised the bar with their post run champagne and canapes. When you get invited to a [...]

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London Loop – Hamsey Green to Banstead and Back?

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I wheezed my way to the top of Hamsey Common and then paused, teetering on my hiking poles and steaming like the bagged cheese sandwich crushed at the bottom of my rucksac. I felt ready to reward my efforts with a picnic atop the chalk downs and call a taxi for the homeward journey but [...]

London to Brighton Walking

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