With a good 6.5 miles in my legs from a recovery run this evening after yesterday's Reading Half Marathon I search for the reason I was forced to have a 3 minute break at mile 9!  

It transpires not running in your shoes prior to running a distance over 5km is not very sensible. That said, I can highly recommend the Nike Streak Flynits and looking forward to some more races! 

Having raced around the world it is still hard to beat the fantastic crowds and athletes of Reading Half Marathon.

Our training group had a number of athletes aiming for top finishes with the highlights being a 4th place U23 finish for Tom Jervis in 70mins and 9th Female finish for Anna Boniface in 76mins (blog here). 

I completed the distance in 84mins which is a good 6mins shy of my PB. My splits were on course for a mid 80min (6'06min/miles) finish but with the need to adjust shoes it was not to be. I must thank the kind spectator who attempted to unlace one of my shoes whilst I was sweating on her and the toddler trying to fill me with haribo! This really sums up the spirit of the race. 

With the objective of this summer being track running it has been a huge confidence boost to have a firm base in my system to chase fast 800m times. 

Mass participation events are a huge contribution to charity fundraising and it was a pleasure to support Hope Against Cancer yesterday. The motivation and story behind this can be found here and have raised almost £900. 

April brings the London Marathon as the next key event for our training group and looking forward to more top finishes. If you like running or training we update our website regularly with insights here