Happy Birthday to us!

The Green Heart Runners social running club turns one on 4 June, exactly one year since our inaugural Tuesday evening run-meet took place with myself and two trusting souls to whom I remain indebted for their support. That day, as I recall, it threw it down with rain and had they not turned up itContinue reading “Happy Birthday to us!”

I went for a run today

This is a post by my colleague and friend, Gareth Chapman. The act of simply running allowed him to lose himself in thought, and his thoughts, inevitably, turned to the current situation we’re all faced with. Here they are. Thanks, Gareth. I went for a run today. I didn’t run very far or very fast,Continue reading “I went for a run today”

“Chico” the escaped sausage-dog

Yesterday was tiring. I wouldn’t normally feel so tired at the end of a working from home day. But I was pretty beat and I received messages from other colleagues saying they felt the same. For me there are a number of factors at play: I’ve still been getting up at my usual time butContinue reading ““Chico” the escaped sausage-dog”

Social Running

Up and down the country, every day of the week, in every city and town, social running clubs are in action. I established a new, free social running club in June 2019, in Birmingham. We’re called the Green Heart Runners, named after the striking and beautiful new parkland at the heart of the University ofContinue reading “Social Running”

Edinburgh Marathon Training: Long run | 15 miles | 8th March 2020

This was an interesting one. I decided to take some fruity squash drinks with me today on account of the increasing mileage. This meant taking my belt, which meant I could also take my phone. On a whim I also decided to take my earphones (I rarely do) since I would have my phone, andContinue reading “Edinburgh Marathon Training: Long run | 15 miles | 8th March 2020”

Grief

This isn’t anything directly to do with running. But running helps me overcome negativity, pain and grief. Maybe that’s the link. RR 💚 Grief.Like a tidal waveThen suddenly a deep blue sea GriefDoesn’t stop all clocksTime grows roots like a tree GriefMemories todayAren’t my memories tomorrow GriefComplex and matureIs much more than sadness and sorrowContinue reading “Grief”

Edinburgh Marathon Training: Long run | 14 miles | 1st March 2020

Today felt like the proper start of the marathon training run-in. It’s 1st March, which means the Edinburgh marathon is the month after next. No time for procrastinating now, this is where the hard yards start. I’ve had a fun week training-wise. I got in a few miles before and during the Tuesday night GreenContinue reading “Edinburgh Marathon Training: Long run | 14 miles | 1st March 2020”

Combining the solitary with the social

Hasan Patel has been a huge champion and supporter of the Green Heart Runners, a great support to me personally, and has become a good friend. Hasan writes about his experiences of running and how he gets benefits from solitary running in a social setting. RR I have always enjoyed the solitary side of sport.Continue reading “Combining the solitary with the social”

Woods Obstacles Lakes Fields (The Wolf Run)

So to the Wolf Run. The Wolf Run is an off-road, muddy, obstacle-strewn 10k running event. And it is muddy. Really muddy. Trainer-losingly muddy. And Wet. There are four Wolf Run weekends each year, two in Warwickshire and two in Leicestershire, and they’re named after each of the seasons. WOLF is actually an acronym forContinue reading “Woods Obstacles Lakes Fields (The Wolf Run)”