London Marathon 2018

Folks, I made it! 4 hours and 12 minutes of much suffering in the blazing April sun, but evidence below of my survival.

24 hours later, I am still a broken man with mild Marathon-flu, but I think the achievement is slowly sinking in. It really is the most special event I’ve ever been part of: the crowds are incredible for the full 26.2 miles and make a bigger difference than I could have imagined. Londoners love a cause to get behind and just wouldn’t allow us runners to flag for even a moment.

A huge thank you to everyone who has donated so generously, I crossed another milestone in raising £2,000 for Canon Collins Trust yesterday! If anyone else would like to reward my efforts with a wee donation, I would be infinitely grateful.

Thank you all for your support. Could it be your turn next year?


Longest run yet! (T minus 14)

Just two weeks to Marathon Day! The fundraising push is going somewhat better than the actual running as I’ve reached 99% of my £1,500 target! If you’d like the honour of being the person who pushes me over the line, just £14 are needed at !

As for the running, I fell some way short of my 20 mile target today, but still ran some way further than I ever have before, and will put the shortfall down to sore legs after a week of trundling up and down Yorkshire hills. Last shot at a 20 miler to come next Saturday!

A tough 10k (T minus 28)

4 weeks to the big day; it’s scarily close!

I’ve (finally) passed the halfway mark on the fundraising front with the help of a successful bake sale, so thank you again to all those who have given. The rest of you: please, please help me towards my target of £1,500! It’s a wonderful cause and time is running out. You can donate at

Nothing more than a fairly painful 10k this weekend as I’ve found myself a wee bit under the weather. At least we have some semblance of spring in Biddenden!

Brighton Half Marathon (T minus 56)

After a couple of weeks spent struggling with some minor knee pain, an overdue blog post following today’s Brighton Half in the glorious seaside sunshine!

First and foremost, a huge thank you to those of you who have been kind enough to donate to Canon Collins Trust in support of my efforts so far – it really means a lot!

As for today’s race, it was a resounding success once the bitter sea breeze was overcome. A brilliant atmosphere generated by some 12,000 runners and probably a similar number of hardy supporters – and, in the end, three minutes knocked off my PB!

With just eight weeks to go to the London Marathon, I would be so grateful for any donations you are willing to make to push me closer to my £1,500 target at

Greenwich Park 10k (T minus 91)

As Saturday mornings go, it couldn’t have been much grimmer. But my Marathon Mate Matt and I weren’t to be deterred and braved the cold, the wind and the rain which Greenwich Park threw our way.

Who knew Greenwich observatory was on top of a mountain? 3 laps of the park, 3 climbs up a seemingly everlasting slope at the end of each one. Not conducive to a winning time for me but hats off to Matt for defying all of the above to challenge his PB.