London Marathon Ballot: The Impossible Problem

Willy Wonka doesn’t organise marathons.  But if he did, it’d probably be the best marathon in the world.  Would he hide golden race numbers in energy gels?  Would that be any better than the London Marathon ballot?

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Run England Cogges Summer Sessions

Four years ago I was inspired to get more involved in running by London 2012.  I’ve since become a British Athletics-qualified coach and I’m still loving being able to help people run, run further and run faster.

My Tuesday night Run England group attracts 8 to 12 people each week and people come and go as there lives dictate.  Although some people have come and gone, for all sorts of reasons.

Some have tried running and decided it wasn’t for them, some have gained confidence to continue their running on their own or with a club like Witney Road Runners and some have maybe just fallen out of the habit (and forgotten how much fun my sessions are!) but might be lacking in confidence to get started again.

To add a bit of variety to the sessions, to provide more direct coaching for everyone, and to encourage people to come along without feeling they’ll have to run around Witney I’m going to do something a little special on the last Tuesday of every month. Continue reading Run England Cogges Summer Sessions

Where will you #RunYourMile?

It’s  a little over a week since the launch of #RunYourMile 2016 and the mile attempts have started to be logged.  There are still a lot of runners yet to log their first mile so to help, I’ve put together some ideas of where you could #RunYourMile. Continue reading Where will you #RunYourMile?

Breaking The Barrier: The 4 Minute Mile

The year was 1954 – a different time.  Queen Elizabeth II was just a year into her reign, post-war sugar rationing had not long come to an end, little more than 25% of families had a television and the human body was stubbornly refusing to run a mile in less than four minutes.  Until a 25-year-old junior doctor named Roger Bannister returned to the Oxford University track at Iffley Road to record the first ever sub four minute mile. Continue reading Breaking The Barrier: The 4 Minute Mile

Running ABC

Early in 2016 I devised a series of “Technique Taster” sessions to introduce members of Witney Road Runners to some basic running technique concepts and tips.  Here’s what we got up to in the second session:

Session 2: Running ABC – adding agility and co-ordination to balance for a solid running technique foundation. Continue reading Running ABC

My journey from charity plodder to running coach (and back again!)