The “wet one”……. Tokyo was cold and wet throughout.

The Day We Unite…..

We arrived in Tokyo 8 days before the race. I had meetings planned for the early part of the week and then the EXPO and delivering shirts for Thursday / Friday before rest on the Saturday.


I think the Expo day was an early indication of how the race day would be. Thursday saw the heavens open and rain incessantly for the best part of the day. This weather was far from ideal as this year the EXPO format was in large tents among the car parks of Odaiba. This was my 8th Tokyo Marathon, so compared to the previous EXPOs that I have attended over the years this was the worst. In part due to the weather, but also due to the fragmented layout of the site. Dodging between the tents and trying to keep as dry as possible meant that I did not spend as much time looking around the various stalls.


The fragmented layout of the expo and the rain did not help the enjoyment factor of the expo this year.

Oofos disappointingly did not have a TOKYO MARATHON pair this year…!

Collecting the number, having the wristband (which you must wear until end of the race) placed on my arm, photo taken, collecting the charity kit and goody bag was all efficient as you would expect in Japan. All of the volunteers were smiling and happy and wishing you a good race. They did their best to keep spirits high.

I was able to meet several runners who had purchased the TOKYO SHIRTS from runRICKYrun (in partnership with Inseanity). Most were collected at the expo and I had 3 left to deliver to Shinjuku the next day.

It was rather fitting that we received a towel on completion of the marathon to help you dry off

There were several freebies to collect (as with all of the expos). A free reflective wristband from the Pocari Sweat stand was the highlight of these. It will actually come in useful here in Malaysia as most of our runs are very early morning before the sun rises.

I picked up a couple of noticeboards for the boys to use when cheering me on Sunday.

At the end of the expo I was cold and very wet feet. Overall i would rate this expo a 5 out of 10 (and most of those points were due to the very positive energy coming from the volunteers.

RACE DAY – 3rd March 2019

There was a lot of banter on the runners groups about the expected weather. When I checked at 20:00 on the Saturday evening it was not due to rain on Sunday in Tokyo until around 18:00. This was perfect I thought……

The kit was set up, the chip on the shoe, the number pegged to the shirt. I was ready and had a good nights sleep.

I had planned to wear an undershirt (compression) and my runRICKYrun shirt on top. The RMHC arm sleeves and calf sleeves would also provide some protection from the elements.

Waking early it was cold but not raining…. this felt good. The target of 04:59:59 was very realistic after 5:06:17 in New York. I was looking forward to the race day.

Heading across Tokyo from our AirBnB apartment to the starting area in Shinjuku involved a couple of changes. No issue though as I have lived in Tokyo previously for 8 years so the train network is very simple to use.

When leaving the station in Shinjuku I was feeling the first sign of light rain in the air. It was now around 08:00 and after using the portapotty I started to remove the tracksuit and warmer clothes to prepare to head to baggage drop and the corrals. I had a large bin liner that I had brought with me but this was very thing and was just going to act as a waterproof barrier until it tears.

After handing in the bag I headed to the K corral. It was not very busy but already there were people standing in the areas that offered some shelter from the rain that had now increased to more of a heavy drizzle. I still had around 55 minutes to wait until the start of the race. I was trying to keep dry but was also beginning to feel cold. It was now that I realised I had made an error in not checking the forecast in the morning. If I had known that rain was now due to continue all day I would have worn another layer of waterproof clothing….. after Boston marathon and Penang Bridge Marathon last year (both with horrendous rainful) I should have learnt my lesson..!

It was now too late to make any clothing changes (no access to kit bag after handing in) and I began to clock watch as the time of 09:10 was slowly approaching. I also had the urge to use the bathroom again. I knew now though that I had to find a toilet on route as we were about to start.

09:10 – the start.

Well in block K you do not really move for around 10 minutes at least after the start and then you slowly (walk) your way to the actual start area. At this point my hands/fingers were cold (as my gloves were wet) and my bare legs were also starting to shiver. I just wanted to start and try to warm up by moving. I finally crossed the start line 21 minutes and 38 seconds after the gun time.

We were now able to move although the area was still crowded. Moving that little bit more increased my need to find a toilet but the early toilets had rather long queues and I did not want to waste time this early in the race.

I knew the first 10km was generally down hill until Nihonbashi

5km – 00:32:13

This was around the speed that I wanted to do and apart from the need to find a loo I was just beginning to get warmer. There were a lot of runners about still but the early few KMs had provided a little bit of space. As I was trying to run a consistent speed throughout the race, I did have to dodge my way through the crowds at times. The rain was still heavy. Not to the extent of Boston at anytime, but my error in lack of clothing meant that I was colder at the start.

10km – 01:05:50 (33:37 split)

To this point all toilets that we passed were either visible and long queues or they were set a long way off the course. I did not want to waste time so I continued to the next one, and the next one etc.

After around 13-14 km I had to use the loo. The discomfort was such that it was causing me to think about it consistently. I decided I would use the next toilet. This was another one that was set off the course. I jogged to it and found the queue going outside the building. I had to go so I waited. When we entered the building I realised that the queue actually went down stairs. I could feel my body temperature dropping – oh why did I take off my top? I finally reached the urinal and went about my business. As by now we had stopped for around 8-10 minutes my fingers were cold and my wet body had begun to shiver. It was too late to get the top back so I just had to grin and bear it.

At 10km I was still feeling ok and now the body temperature was up to a more usual level. I was able to see my family around 12km and that buoyed the spirits. I did not realise at the time that this would be the only time on the course that I would see them all. I was a now warm so I decided to give the thin long sleeve shirt to the family and I placed the plastic liner back over my body. I knew if I kept moving my body would be working hard enough to retain heat. (In hindsight this was my second mistake – I should have retained the shirt if I knew that the toilet queues were going to be long).

15km – 01:48:01 (42:11 split)

The toilet stop had added around 10 minutes to my time. I was disappointed as I knew that this could be the difference between hitting my target and being over 5 hours. Mentally as I knew I had a long way to go and I was cold I found this part of the course very challenging. The rain appeared to feel heavier, I was certainly colder than I was. There was still 25 km to go. After passing by Asakusa Shrine you head out to Sumida shi & Koto shi. You have a few bridges here and you are on the out and back part of the course. I was looking for and spotted a few other runRICKYrun shirts along the route.

20km – 02:23:29 (35:28 split)

This is where you have your first u-turn on the course. You can also see the runners who are behind you. Body temperature wise I was still cold. My fingers (although in gloves) were cold due to the wet material). Crowds were still shouting and cheering the names of the runners with frequent “Gambatte” and “Fighto”. The spirit of the crowds at most of the majors are positive and very supportive – Tokyo is no exception. The spectators and the race volunteers were out in the same rain and cold weather as the runners (albeit they were probably better attired for the conditions) and were full of encouragement.

25km – 3:01:07 (37:38 split)

This part of the course for me is the least exciting. My family were meant to see me in two places but on both occasions I missed them.

Also around this time I began to realise that my sub 5 target today was not going to happen. I decided that I needed to focus on other things and try to keep in a rhythm and ignore the time. Crowd interaction here helps – the high fives and banter was very much a distraction. I knew I would finish, I knew that the cut offs would not be an issue. I just wanted to get to the finish.

Heading back into Ginza gave me some positive feelings. I know the area was fully ware of my location again. I was looking out for the family but I must have missed them. My sister in law was along the course and we missed a couple of times. I found a toilet with small queue so took some opportunity to use this as well (lost around 3 minutes).

At Ginza I was able to hear my family (albeit they were on the other side of the road).

30km – 3:42:30 (41:23 split)

From 30km you have another out and back down to Shinagawa. This was my home area for a few years (2006-2009). Passing Tokyo Tower, and Zojoji Temple and runners were around 5 km ahead of us on the way back to the finish.

35km – 04:25:36 (42.56 split).

Just after here you have the second u-turn. Now we were on the homeward leg to Tokyo Station and the finish. About 6.5 Km to go at the turn point. I was now walking at the water stations as mentally I knew that time was not good. I was able to see the course cut off points as I reaching 40km on the other side. The support runners with the yellow balloons – very closely followed by a couple of yellow buses that were picking up the runners who missed the cut offs. I have never been in that situation or even close to it (was always 25-45 minutes in front) but I did have a lot of sympathy for them. It was very cold and awful weather conditions for a marathon. To have your race cut short must be so demoralizing after 30km plus of effort.

My Japanese Fan Club – RMHC CHarity Room – Post marathon.

40km – 05:07:45 (42.19 split).

I just want to finish and get warm. The last two km I was able to pick up the pace a bit and did not stop for any water or breaks. My family were about 700m from the finish (but again on the opposite side of the road). My son was upset that he never saw me but I did not want to stop – I just wanted to get to the end and change into my warmer clothes.

42.195km – 05:23:30

It was over – finally…. disappointed that my preparation was not good enough. Not happy with the time, but of course happy to finish my 17th Major marathon. With just London now to finish the runRICKYrun project for charity.


As a charity runner we were lead away to the left at the finish. We had to walk around 500m to reach the heat sheets (I think in these conditions they should have been immediately after the finish). We received a bottle of water, a goody bag and of course the medal. I was shivering again (because stopping running). It was around 10-12 minutes to walk from the finish line to the baggage collection point and then onto the changing area for charity runners. This area was a welcome relief from the cold and rain outside. We were given hot towels to wipe down and a warmer environment to change into our clean and dry clothes. Running with RMHC we also had another venue to go to post race. There was free food and drink and was able to gain access for 7 family members too. It was good to relax and begin to warm up properly. The highlight though was the 10 minute massage (300 yen + donation) it certainly felt good.

I think my sons highlight was meeting Ronald McDonald in the charity area.

I think my son’s highlight was meeting RONALD McDONALD in the Charity Room.



The BERLIN MARATHON 2018 will be remembered for many years.

It was where &when Eluid KIPCHOGE broke the world record at 2 hours 1 min and 38 seconds. 

I suppose I can always say I ran with him on that day (although my attempt took over 3 hours longer).

I arrived in Berlin (via London) 3 days before the race. It was warm and dry for most of the trip. Slight rain when I collected my bag from the expo on the Thursday before race day.  Continue reading “RACE REPORT – 45th BMW BERLIN MARATHON”

BOSTON MARATHON – 16th April 2018

The first leg of the runRICKYrun Project…….

What I thought would be the hardest part was saying goodbye to my best friends before I left Penang to Boston.

What an experience. After a 3 flights, bus and 30 hours I finally arrived at my hotel in Boston….!


EXPO – 15th April 14:49 – tannoy

I was at the expo on the 15th April and at 14:49 in the afternoon, when over the loud speaker they recognised the 5 year anniversary of that tragic day back in 2013 when a terrorist bomb exploded close to the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

It was rather emotional as everyone (and I mean everyone without exception) stopped what they was doing, whether they were trying on clothing, trying to buy, taking photos etc. Everyone stopped, everyone stood still in silence and everyone listened as the Boston representative on loud speaker announced the words in the link

Tomorrow, as one, 30,000 people will run from Hopkinton to the finish in unity, for the community, for Marathon runners and for humanity in general.

??Boston Strong??


Before the expo I was invited to attend the teamUNICEF lunch thanks to the New England Director – Matthew Bane. It was great to meet both Jessica & Matthew whom I had been emailing with questions over the previous weeks. It was also a pleasure to meet the small team of runners that would be making their way to Hopkinton in the morning.

The lunch plate was huge and tasted great but was too much just 24 hours before racing.

There were interviews with the UNICEF social media team and also with young “kids power” representative Andersen.

After lunch we said our goodbyes and agreed to meet at 0830 on race day to give over the kit bags.



Slept ok, considering the anxiety of race day. 

First thing I did was look out ofthe hotel window – rain was falling consistently, the wind was blowing the flags fiercely – it looked very cold and much like a “wintery day in London”.

The forecast predicted that the rain would last all day and that downpours will be heavier around certain times. The temperature was expected to be above freezing in the main but the wind and rain would make it feel colder.

I decided that I would take a large cotton “GAP” hoodie as protection from the cold. I intended to dispose of this at the athletes village in Hopkinton.

I decided on a baseball cap so that the peak can keep some of the rain off my face.

I had my Brooks shorts with inners, my skin tight compression top, my long sleeved compression top, my Brooks “runRICKYrun” shirt, a garbage bag and a poncho.

I had two pairs of running gloves for my hands.

I was wearing my compression sleeves on my calves and my normal Kajeni socks.

I decided on my lime green BROOKS GHOST 10’s for the race.

I lubed up with Vaseline and bodyglide. Paying a lot of attention to my feet. I knew that they would be wet and cold so applied two “blister plasters” on the most prone areas (as a preventative) and then coated both feet in Vaseline. Getting dressed I could feel the excitement building inside of me. I was about to commence the runRICKYrun project and also run one of the most historical races in Marathon terms. I knew that the conditions were not great but I was excited all the same.


The Seaport Hotel laid on a free bus to the baggage drop area. I had to meet teamUNICEF at 08:30 in the bandstand at Boston Common. The short walk from the hotel to the bus opened my eyes to what the weather was going to be like. My poncho lasted a couple of seconds until a split developed down the side (caused by the strong winds). I quickly used my number belt to secure this as best as possible on the bus.

Waiting at the bandstand for the other team members was cold. The UNICEF social team arrived and I had a brief interview with Andersen.

Around 09:00 we made the short walk to the lines of buses that were ferrying runners from Boston common to the start at the Hopkinton Athletes village.

I boarded the huge yellow American School bus….

The journey was long and I was with Lothair who has run several marathons and was also running London just 6 days later….!

With the expectation of mud and more rain at the village I prepared by placing a plastic carrier bag on each shoe (this was a waste of time that I will explain later) and also due to the coldness I decided that I would retain the GAP hoodie as long as possible. Hence, I also took the hour bus journey as a good time to move my running number from my shirt to the number belt on the outside of the poncho.

The Bus to Hopkinton (VIDEO)

The journey seemed like about 1 hour and we could not see much out of the window due to the rain and condensation on the inside. I felt like a school kid sitting there and it dawned on me that we have to run all the way back. It did seem further than 42km…!

HOPKINTON – Athletes village.

I was expecting the area at athletes village to be wet but was not quite expecting the mud that awaited us. After staying hydrated and the hour journey by bus I needed to use the portaloo and made the trek across the muddy field to queue. Within 3 steps my running shoes were soaked and covered in mud. It was horrendous. The plastic bags that I had used to protect my runners were useless and were sucked off my feet by the muddy floor. Immediately my feet felt cold as the icy mud soaked through my shoes, my socks and onto my feet. At this point we still had around 45 minutes until the wave 4 start so trying to keep as warm and as dry as possible was the challenge.

After making my way back from the portaloo we could actually see snow (yes… snow..!) on the floor around the tented area from the previous evening.

They organisers were playing music over the tannoy with intermittent messages telling people to move towards the corrals, have your number showing etc etc.

I decided to start making my way to the start line from the village. It was cold but being in the middle of a sea of people kept some of the wind off. The walk to the start was very slow due to the narrow paths and the crowds of expectant runners. As we neared the start line it was apparent that due to the very bad weather it was going to be a rolling start, rather than via corrals. So I reached the start line and was now “running the Boston Marathon”……!


The common factor throughout the race was the weather…. RAIN.

This could have been called the BOSTON SWIMATHON…..

Whether it was just “spitting” or whether it was like a “monsoon” it was raining throughout. The wind too, would be in your face like a wall at times. Especially with the poncho over my kit, this would be a serious drag on my speed.

I was very conscious of starting steady and not too fast. From Hopkinton it was downhill for the first 6km and there were many runners in the reasonably narrow roads. We exited Hopkinton and went through the towns of Ashland & Framlington and the first 10km was completed (1:05:34 chip time).

The next 5km was reasonably flat and problem free. At this point I realised that there was no point in trying to avoid the puddles as this would just add to the distance I would need to run and also I was already soaked anyway. I felt relatively warm except for my legs. Wearing shorts meant that my knees and thighs were completely exposed to the elements. It was not just the rain but the gusts of wind meant that it was impossible to keep these parts warm. Running past the Lake before the town of Natick was particularly windy. I have been in typhoons in Japan many times during my time there but being outside and exposed to the wind at this point felt worse. I realised that the poncho was slowing me down but at the same time I realised it was keeping the cold wind from hitting my body too. It was a difficult decision to make. I knew that it would be a long slog of around 5hours so I thought it would be best to retain body heat. Not sure this was the most efficient decision but on hearing that over 2500 runners sought medical treatment and 81 attended hospital during the race I think it was a sound one.

Thanks to Glenn at Asia Physio for the advice and support pre race. I lasted to 14/15km before I started to feel the calf again. Your support was greatly appreciated.15km was finished with a 5 km split of 37 minutes (slower than the 30-32min target but hardly surprising). (1:42:06 chip time 15km).

From here to the halfway point it had many inclines that seemed long rather than steep. The rain was relentless and on several occasions I actually said to myself “are you kidding me!” As i looked up to the heavens. Approaching the halfway point I was starting to feel tightness my right calf – particularly on the up hill pushes. I took advantage of the CLIF energy gels that were given out around 18-19km.

I noticed every undulation as uphill the pain in the calf increased and downhill it eased.

20km chip time of 2:20:03 which meant the last 5 km had slowed to 38minutes.

I was not doubting I would finish but I did wonder if 5hours would be in sight?

There was no break in the rain, the wind was still battering us and I was now beginning to feel a little chilly in the body – my face, hands and legs felt cold.

Halfway was 2:29:32.

Wellesley was one of the memorable parts of the course. Don’t get me wrong, there were people cheering throughout the race (even in these atrocious conditions), but Wellesley you can hear them before you get there. The college girls were out in force and cheering everyone. Signs of “my kiss will give you power” made me smile.

The “high 5s” as we were making our way through and the constant noise was very motivational and for a brief moment I was able to forget about the rain. I did enjoy that 800m or so (nearly as much as seeing the finish line later in the race).

20km to 25km was slow and I think due to the weight of the now completely sodden GAP hoodie it was taking its toll. This and the coldness on the thighs. This was another long up hill stretch too. Not steep but a very long incline. Calf pain was now very mentionable but I was still very positive of a finish. I was noticing that the medical tents were very busy as I was sauntering past. I again tried to lift my hoodie to see if I could afford to lose the extra layer. I jogged for 500m with my midriff exposed. It was too cold. So decided the hoodie was here for the long haul and just to keep as warm as possible. I was worried that if the calf pain increased and I had to walk continuously to the finish I would soon be hypothermic in these conditions. The challenge was how to keep your body temperature up. 25km chip time 3:02:03

25km to 30km took us into the town of Newton and the famous hills. The steep downhill followed by 4 hills (last of which is “Heartbreak Hill”). The crowds around Newton Fire Station did their best in the conditions to try to motivate the slower runners. The second hill I found the hardest and ended up walking for most of it due to the calf issue. I did have some doubts at this point. I remember talking to my mum via the GoPro. Saying how I hope that she is doing ok in hospital and that thinking of my mother was inspiring me to carry on. It was emotional, I have to admit it as it was on camera. But I think I can say that it was rain in my eyes rather than tears 😉

I didn’t want to let anyone down. This was the first leg of the runRICKYrun project and the conditions were brutal, but I had to finish. I had to reach Boylston….

30km chip time 3:46:51

Between 30km to 35km we have the Heartbreak Hill. The strange thing was I believe at this point I had zoned out. I kept thinking “Heartbreak is coming”, “it will get easier”, “Downhill to Boston”…..

I lost track of the hills and was surprised when I crested and a spectator shouted “Well done, Heartbreak is behind you”….. I turned around and looked down the hill. I hadn’t actually realised that I was climbing. Mentally I was so busy thinking of other things and just putting one foot in front of the other. Part of me was disappointed to have done this part of the course without realising it.

I actually do not think this Hill was so bad – I actually the one after Newton Fire Station was more of a challenge.

This was a challenging 5km in which my pace dropped to a crawl. Mentally I had faced a wall but kept going. 35km chip time 4:33:37 due to the intermittent walking.

At least at 35km it was now downhill into Boston.

I was feeling cold but knew that there was 7km to go and I had at least 1:30:00 to finish to be within the cutoff. I knew that even a walk could finish this. The rain was still relentless and at times monsoon like. The cold headwind was stronger after Heartbreak hill and the body was feeling cold. Calf pain was now persistent with every step.

The crowds were sporadic but still loud. The fact that they were still out there in these conditions was amazing. I have been impressed at each of the four majors I have run with crowd support, but in this weather I take my hat off to the Bostonians. They own their race and they want to ensure that you make it home and enjoy the experience.

The cries of “Go GAP, You’ve got this” were a constant reminder from the crowd.

Team UNICEF Support at Mile 23.

Around 38km I was able to see Jessica and the UNICEF support. (Thank you for being there Jessica). The encouraging words helped for sure…

My legs felt dead. The constant battle against the headwind, carrying the extra weight of the sodden clothes, cold-soaked feet, approaching 5 hours….. it was the thoughts of charity, my mother, my family and supporters at home that kept me going.

We were now in Brookline – the finish was near….

4km to go, soon became 3km, and I could see the CITGO sign in the distance.

40km – chiptime 5:21:09

The CITGO sign is where there is 1 mile to go.

It was still raining….

It was still windy…..

I was cold……

But I knew the end was near and although I was in pain I kept putting one foot in front of the other. Walking was now more regular. I can remember feeling very frustrated at this point. My training had gone well. Mark & Jeff at had given me access to a fantastic training schedule. I felt as if I had followed this well. Regular 21km races had been consistent in the Malaysian heat. The long 32km run went well. But I was frustrated that in this race I had been beaten by the weather and the calf problem. The lack of training for these conditions (which could not have been planned for) was a factor for sure.

Now we were at the point of turning “right on Hereford” which became a dodge the poncho exercise… the road was a mess as the earlier runners had left countless ponchos laying along the street. I really did not wish to be watching every step at this late stage but at the same time did not wish to take a tumble.

“Left on Boylston” street and the finish line was in the distance. I removed my poncho at this point with the help of a police officer.

Making my way to the finish line was familiar. This part of Boston I had walked down over the previous 48 hours so I knew it and the crowds were drawing you towards the finish. No stopping now.

Amazingly, the calf pain was non existent (adrenaline has some positive benefits) and I was enjoying the final moments on the course. I knew it was slow. I knew it had been tough.

But I also knew that it hadn’t beaten me. I knew that I was finishing and becoming a Boston Marathoner….!

I actually swore when I crossed the line – sorry…!

I blame the emotion, frustration and excitement…!

Chip time 5:40:44

This was my 14th Marathon and also my slowest.

The walk from the finish line I began to think about all the positives.

The heat tech blanket provided post marathon was great. The medal will be a constant reminder to this battle.

There are many positives though – Thanking the countless volunteers that gave up their Monday holiday in the rain to support 30,000 crazy people. Thanking the police for helping to keep everyone safe. Thanking the medical teams who were there for so many.

I have so many memories of the run (thanks to GoPro) that will live with me through the rest of the runRICKYrun project.

I am sure that this will have been the hardest challenge that I will face over this year. It will no doubt be the coldest and wettest I have been (there’s a challenge for Mother Nature).


UNICEF VIDEO – Team UNICEF @ Boston Marathon

One of the benefits for TeamUNICEF was the after race party in the nearby Hancock Tower. The hot shower was one time that I did not mind getting wet. Taking off the sodden shoes and socks. The wrinkled feet. Putting on warm and dry clothes felt like heaven. It’s amazing how fantastic a pair of socks can feel. Never really appreciated socks before. The food was great as was the hospitality of Barbara & Michael Eisenson was a perfect end to a tough day.

Seeing the rest of the teamUNICEF there was great too.

There were some final interviews with the UNICEF social team and also Kid Power representative Andersen.

We all did our best with only 1 DNF in the team (medical drop out at 16 miles).

We had all raised money alongside the training for this great event.

Final thank you to Matthew & Jessica from UNICEF for allowing me access to this run and your support throughout. I understand in total $140,000 approximately has been raised which is fantastic…!



#Boston2018 was truly a historic #BostonMarathon

?Coldest Boston Marathon in the last 30 years

??Des Linden is the first American woman to win in 33 years

??Yuki Kawauchi is the first Japanese man to win in 31 years

??Marcel Hug becomes the second Swiss man to win 4 consecutive times in Push Rim

?Tatyana McFadden won her 22nd Abbott World Marathon Majors in Push Rim

2,500 runners had medical treatment throughout the marathon, mostly for hypothermia.

25 Elite runners dropped DNF, had medical treatment or dropped out.

81 runners went to hospital with many suffering from hypothermia.

From Yahoo News –

This brings us to the weather, which sucked. This is no surprise, since the weather sucks everywhere in America, because Earth killed spring, metaphorically. The Boston race unfolded in a richly diverse list of weather conditions that included wind, more wind, headwinds, backwinds, sidewinds, downwinds, rain, hard rain, snow rain, driving sleet, regular sleet, black ice probably, slush, ice puddles, polar bear infestation and AT-AT attack. Game time temperature was a balmy 37 degrees, the coldest Boston starting temp in more than three decades.

TheRunningPlan join runRICKYrun supporters…….

We are proud to announce the another supporter for the runRICKYrun Project.

The Running Plan have agreed to provide customised training programs to Ricky for the project. Currently Ricky is in week 4 of the 18 week program in preparation for Boston Marathon in April.

Ricky stated, “I have always felt that I would be able to finish the 6 marathons if I can stay injury free. After meeting with Mark and conversing with Jeff, I now feel motivated that the challenge will certainly be achievable and I could even get myself in with a chance to beat my 4:08 PB”.

”The real challenge will be in Q3 when I have Berlin, Chicago & New York Marathons within 7 weeks. I was worried how my body will cope with the race, recovery, race, recovery, race in such a short time. However after seeing how professional the customised training programs are, I feel that I can cope with all the challenges that this project will throw at me.

Jeff added “all the very best with your amazing project & adventure”

If you are looking to run faster, run further, enter a marathon, half marathon or just need some structured support please contact Mark & Jeff at their website

Reason to Run……

London Marathon 2017

I have decided to have a large push to raise funds for some worthy charities. And to get you to open your purses and wallets at this difficult time, I am going to embark on an attempt to complete the ABBOTT WORLD MARATHON MAJORS (@wmmajors) and become a 6 star finisher.

Continue reading “Reason to Run……”