Running in Suffolk


The second to last weekend in July is always set firmly in the diary as the Thunder Run weekend. The 24 hour endurance event, in the grounds of Catton Park in South Derbyshire, sees teams (6-8 or 5 per team), solo runners and pairs aim to do as many laps as they can from midday Saturday until midday Sunday. The route is completely off-road and is a technical lap of 10k, on trails, fields and through woodland, taking in a few ups and downs as it weaves around the picturesque Derbyshire countryside. The 2016 event was to be the third year that we'd taken part in the Thunder Run as a mixed team of 6-8. Our social team, the Rushmere Trail Runners, is made up of runners of all abilities who enjoy running, getting out on the trails and are up for a social laugh too. We have previously only had one team, however

The Stour Valley Marathon, starting at Nayland, Suffolk, is an off-road trail marathon that takes in the footpaths of three walking routes in Suffolk and Essex; St Edmund Way, Stour Valley Path and the Essex Way. Last year I was very lucky to get one of 50 places in a special edition of the race, marking race organiser Kevin Payne's 50th birthday on August 1st 2015. It was the day after the night when I proposed to my, then girlfriend, now fiancée Pip, so it turned into quite a weekend! I loved running this trail marathon and as soon as entries opened for 2016 I entered straight away. Pip fancied doing it too, but was a little nervous about doing it due to the short-hand instructions and navigating yourself around the course - most of it is fairly obvious, although with tired legs and a tired head, I did take a wrong turning last year! I

The late May Bank Holiday is when one of London's most iconic 10k races takes place. This year, with the headline sponsor changing over from BUPA to Vitality, the now Vitality London 10,000 took place on Monday 30th May and saw over 12,000 runners crossing the finish line outside Buckingham Palace on The Mall. This was to be my fourth year of running in the London 10,000. There's something about this 10k that keeps me coming back year after year. It's a well-organised race with a large charity element to it, well supported and the route passes some of London's best-known landmarks, as it heads away from the start on The Mall next to Green Park, past Trafalgar Square and along the Strand, before looping around the Bank of England and heading back to the finish along Birdcage Walk and The Mall. Due to the number of runners taking part, the race starts in

I arrived at my local Kesgrave parkrun on Saturday morning following a few training miles with Pete to what is the the best parkrun briefing I've ever heard. At the start of any parkrun there is a briefing where the Run Director gives a few notices about the event and is an opportunity to mention the volunteers and any runners who are hitting milestones. This week, our Run Director, Simon Goldsmith delivered his briefing as a RAP. That's right, a rap, complete with Dr. Dre backing music through a PA system. A couple of parkrunners caught it all on video and it wasn't long before it was being tweeted, re-tweeted, shared and picked up by the local BBC News. This is one of the great things about parkrun, it's not too serious and there's always fun to be had. If you've been thinking about coming along, think no more and come and visit

Last night I had the pleasure of meeting Sean Conway, a UK adventurer, currently completing the "World's Longest Triathlon", a 4000+ mile ultra triathlon around the perimeter of the UK. His latest challenge, On The Edge, started on April 1st 2016 and has seen Sean cycle 3350 miles around the UK's coast from Dorset's Lulworth Cove to Scarborough. He then began his run along the East coast and is currently 19 days into the run, heading down to Brighton from where he will begin his swim back to Lulworth Cove. I caught up with Sean in the seaside town of Felixstowe, where he was planning on spending the night, after missing the foot ferry over to the neighbouring town of Harwich. He'd set off earlier in the day from the sleepy village of Orford, making his way past Hollesley Bay and along the beaches of Shingle Street before getting the ferry from Bawdsey over

Saturday night saw Highgate Harriers host their annual Night of the 10,000 PBs at Parliament Hill Athletics Track, London. This year the races included the England Athletics 10,000m Championships and also saw athletes battling for places in the Rio Olympics 2016 by attempting to achieve the qualifying standard. Over the last four years, Race Organiser Ben Pochee of Highgate Harriers has worked hard to create an event that isn't your conventional track meeting. Crowds are immersed in the action, spectating from lane three where there are live DJs, bars providing beer for the "beer and cheer" and a host of other entertainment including samba bands, dancers and fire jugglers. I've previously heard a lot of excellent things about the event and thought that we should go down and check it out. Running magazine Like the Wind were on the look out for people to help sell event programmes, so we went along to help