Category Archives: Janathon

An ‘annual festival of activity and excuses’ where you attempt to jog, log and blog for each day in January. More info can be found here:

#Janathon 2015 Day 31 – What a month!

The last day of Janathon was due to be the first time I volunteered at parkrun.  The weather had other ideas.  From nowhere, we awoke to a covering of snow which, due to understandable safety concerns, put paid to my tail-running duties.  It didn’t stop me going for a relaxing leg loosener before tomorrow’s Watford Half though.

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#Janathon 2015 Day 30 – Running Deliveries

After a busy day at work it’s always nice to get home to a parcel.  It’s even more exciting when the parcel is running related.  This week I’ve had double the excitement with two deliveries!

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#Janathon 2015 Day 29 – Getting The Legs Going

Some of you might be expecting the conclusion of my running short story today, especially as the potential saviours arrived yesterday.  So I’m sorry to disappoint.  They almost got a trial tonight but with the temperature dropping and snow threatening I opted to put on legs instead.
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#Janathon 2015 Day 27 – Courteous Drivers

I’m pleased to say that today is the first day that I’d not even thought about my foot, so it must be back to normal.  I’m back in the swing of things and looking forward to attempting a positive, attacking race at the Watford Half on Sunday.  It’s the only race in my marathon build up that I’ll actually be racing – the other races I’ve entered will be all about the training rather than times.

But bringing thoughts back to today, a Tuesday night (as featured in the England Athletic newsletter) is less about my running and more about helping other progress their running career.

A decent group of 9 runners came out for another dark run on a surprisingly mild evening.

It’s great to see some new faces returning for the second and third sessions and it’s even more pleasing to see some familiar faces continuing to turn up more than a year since they started running.

As I’m sure I’ve said before, I lead from the back, allowing the runners to head off at their own pace, providing the runners with “checkpoints” to turn and loop back to me.  I’ve found this method incredibly successful at dealing with a mixed ability group as it allows the faster runners to cover more ground whilst allowing me to keep an eye on the whole group.

Today I covered 6.5k which means that everyone in the group covered at least that much, with some easily stretching out towards 8k and perhaps beyond.  It was a pleasant surprise to find a plethora of courteous drivers out there tonight, patiently allowing the group to cross roads safely.  Thank you!

#Janathon 2015 Day 26 – Inspiring Others

It was another busy Monday at work.  It was another evening of rest.  However, as has become the norm for this Janathon, something running-related has happened.  Today, I featured in the latest England Athletics coaching newsletter:


After qualifying as an Endurance Coach at the end of last year I wrote a blog post about it, of course.

The guys at England Athletics thought my post might help to inspire others to step up onto the coaching ladder and as a result they’ve written a little article of their own featuring yours truly:

#Janathon 2015 Day 25 – On The Hoof

After successful runs this week to test my foot out, today’s long run would be the final tick in the recovery box.  I still wanted a safety blanket, so instead of heading out into the villages, or an out and back I opted to loop myself in and around Witney.

I also thought attempting to stretch a 10+ mile run around town my distract me from the problems I had yesterday of constantly thinking about my foot.

Thankfully I was right.  Slowly mapping out the next section of the run every few minutes kept my mind busy, as well as trying to keep my heart rate nice and low – something that is a key part of my training following my lab test last year.

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It was surprisingly easy to clock up the miles – looping in and around housing estates and choosing directions at junctions carefully, so a not to put myself back too close to home.  Mixing up some longer straight bits along with weaving around the houses kept it interesting enough but I’m looking forward to getting back on into the countryside over the next few weeks.

Every time I head out for a run there seems to be more people out running.  I always wonder what session they’re doing and what they’re training for.  And today, it was a pleasant distraction to bump into a fellow London Marathoner and fundraiser.  Nick works for local charity SpecialEffect and despite saying “never again” after completing the London Marathon in 2013 has found himself back in training for the 2015 event.

Good luck with the training Nick!

I’m running the 2015 Virgin Money London Marathon for African Children’s Fund, an Oxfordshire charity doing great things in East Africa to help children be children and to gain the education they deserve.  At 7 pence for a portion of porridge even small donations can make a real difference so please donate here:

#Janathon 2015 Day 24 – Run or don’t run, there is no jog

Today’s run was the next step back to full on training for the London Marathon after a brief hiatus due to a foot problem.  As a result, I spent most of the run concentrating on trying not to concentrate on how I was running.  Until I was distracted by something I heard as I passed a mother and daughter walking their dog.

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#Janathon 2015 Day 23 – Where Did Today Go?

Not sure where today has disappeared to?  As I’m still building back up after my foot problem, today was already going to be a rest day.  So today’s Janathon activity was a lap of Waitrose doing the big shop!

I’m very much looking forward to clocking up a few more miles this weekend to get my marathon training back on track, especially as I’m running for a small charity doing big things with surprisingly tiny amounts.

The African Children’s Fund is a small Oxfordshire-based charity working on education projects in East Africa.  With just 7p providing a portion of porridge –  to encourage a parent to send their child to school (instead of begging or working) and to help the child learn effectively – every penny counts!

Please, please, please help by sharing any amount you could afford at