Running one thousand miles in 2020

On Sunday 29th November I achieved something I would have considered two years ago – difficult, four years ago – unachievable, and six years ago – impossible and quite frankly daft to even think it. On this day I achieved my aim of running 1,000 miles in a calendar year. As it happens, I completedContinue reading “Running one thousand miles in 2020”

Running routes around the University

This post is for anyone looking to get out running on and around the University’s Edgbaston campus. There are plenty of short running routes around the campus, and longer routes which incorporate parts of the campus and the Vale Village. I have designed and run various routes as part of the Green Heart Runners’ run-meets,Continue reading “Running routes around the University”

Green Heart Runners’ Winter Challenge #GHRB30

40 participants 25 marathons 200 sponsors £4,200  Read on… The Green Heart Runners has been operating as a virtual club since the first lockdown 8 months ago (8 months!), in March. Since then, save for one official get together over the summer, our members have been running individually and occasionally in very small groups, andContinue reading “Green Heart Runners’ Winter Challenge #GHRB30”

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!”

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”

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”