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Training with Elaine

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27th April 2017

3 days post marathon I am finally coming down from the elation that you feel having run 26.2 miles, at a personal best time, with 39,000 other people, whilst vast crowds of strangers shout your name in support!

It may seem unbelievable but at several points I looked round and felt that I was truly privileged to have had this opportunity; when else could you see all the most famous London sites and run over the centre of Tower Bridge, waving your arms, shouting and not be arrested.

Thank you to everyone who has supported me and for all the donations. We will have raised well over £3000 for HomeStart which is amazing. The giving site is still open so if you would still like to support please follow the link


20th April 2017

4 days to go and I have run my last run before the BIG day. After 5 months of training I know the only things I can do that will now make any difference on Sunday is eat and sleep, which is great because I am an expert at both of those.

I would like to take this opportunity to say an enormous thank you to everyone who has supported the HomeStart Charity up to this point and if you know anyone who would still like to donate, the website will be open for a few weeks.


26th March 2017

After my life affirming run in New York’s Central Park in wonderful spring like weather 3 weeks ago the weather took a turn and the weekend saw temperatures barely reaching zero in East Coast US. This was a challenge for the long weekend run of 16 miles. We started at 09.30 with the sun shining, a light breeze but temps of about –2 degrees C. As we reached the Delaware River at about mile 6 the sun went in, the wind got up and temperatures fell further and oddly it was warmer standing still than running! We kept going until 14 miles at which point we couldn’t actually speak because our faces were so cold. Luckily we could phone a rescuer and we warmed up eating shortbread in the car but it was one of the hardest runs I have done to date. 

Last week’s runs took me to the shores of Lake Michigan which thankfully was somewhat warmer despite the snow. Chicago is a great place to run because, as anyone who has been there knows, it is very flat. If the breeze off the lake is not too brisk it makes it the ideal place for clocking up some miles whilst getting to know the northern suburbs and lake paths.

Next week takes me into the last 4 weeks of training for the London Marathon in support of HomeStart. So, as I move towards the last push please support me by donating! I would love to raise £2000 for this amazing charity that makes every penny work for local families.

Thank you!!


10th March 2017

Business has taken me to the Big Apple this week and given me the opportunity to explore Central Park. New York is experiencing really unseasonal weather, and my run this morning, at 8am, round the park was done under perfect blue skies and 12 degrees. After the 20 miles last weekend I have been giving my legs a bit of a rest so it was great to do just a few miles with the many New Yorkers who run the park daily.

Thank you to anyone who has been reading the blog and taken the time to donate to Home-Start, the local charity that provides support and friendship to struggling families. 

If you would like to donate and make a real and lasting difference to the lives of some families please do so HERE. Thank you eveyone!


6th March 2017

Several members of MRN took part in the MK Running Festival last weekend, which offers events from 5 kilometers up to 20 miles, for those preparing for the Marathon season.

It was, as always, a really well organised event but due to the time of year the weather can be a challenge and this year was no exception. With torrential rain preceding the start, all the competitors had to wade through a flooded underpass at mile 2 and then contend with gale like cold winds as they battled round the course. 

All members of the team were very pleased with their efforts and for me completing the 20 miles at this point of training was a great mental milestone.

If you have already donated, thank you very much! If you would like to donate please do so HERE and you will be able to make a difference to a charity that is close to the heart of MRN.


10th February 2017

My business travel has taken me to the wonderful scenery of New Zealand and there is no better way to explore a local area than setting out on a run and seeing where it takes you. 

New sights and sounds are a great way of distracting tired legs and allowing me to gradually build the miles. My schedule has me running 3 to 5 miles, 3 times a week, and then a couple of longer runs at the weekends, so I gradually get used to the hours and miles that I will need to do on race day!

I am really enjoying the challenge, which is both physical and mental, and everyone's donations keep me motivated to achieve my best for Home-Start.

If you would like to donate please do so HERE.


24th January 2017

Hi everyone. Thank you for taking the time to look at the first update of my London Marathon training. Some of you will know that Home-Start have secured a fundraising place in the London Marathon 2017 and have very kindly given me the opportunity to run the 26 miles! I was very pleased to accept this challege and am excited whilst rather daunted.

I have run 2 marathons in the last 5 years and have times of 4 hours and 21 minutes and really hope that this year I can gain a personal best. I started training back in November 2016 but having hit January I am now following a programme that takes me to the "Race Day" in April. This is a 16 week programme which is currently making me run 4 or 5 times a week, where ever I am and whatever the weather!

Business has taken me to the other side of the world in January, so last week I did an 8 mile run including over the Sydney Harbour Bridge - you can see the Sydney Opera House in the backgroud of the photo!

If you're reading this and would like to support this amazing charity, whilst encouraging me to do those extra miles, please DONATE!

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