• My “Only” Marathon by James P Smith

    MY “ONLY” MARATHON Marathon /ˈmarəθ(ə)n/ Noun A long-distance running race, strictly one of 26 miles 385 yards (42.195 km). Robert Hooke FRS 1635-1703 found fame for deducing the wave theory of light, and for his work in gravitational theory and horology; but people barely talk about his beautiful English Baroque

  • It’s too late to worry about it now… by James P Smith

    IT’S TOO LATE TO WORRY ABOUT IT NOW… According to legend, in 490 BC, Pheidipiddes ran the 40km from Marathon to Athens to announce the Greek victory over Persia – with the word “nikomen” – “we win!”; at which point he was given a silver blanket, a blingy medal, a

  • EAT, SLEEP, MARATHON TRAIN, REPEAT by James Smith

    Since finding out that I had been chosen to be an MK Marathon Ambassador (what were they thinking?) and realising that I’d actually have to run a marathon (I’m still only doing one -I’m not kidding), I’m roughly halfway along my ill thought out and hokey training plan (if this

  • Mud Glorious Mud

    Mud glorious Mud (or lack of it until this week!!!I feel sad today as my favourite events have finished for another year, Cross Country is the best thing ever, there’s a run, there’s tea, there’s rolls, there’s cake but most of the amazing team spirit and great fun that LFR

  • Swimming and Cycling for a Stronger Run

    I did a run test at Stantonbury Track on Monday night. It involved running round the track for 30 minutes as fast as you can – not sprinting, but holding a steady pace for 30 minutes. You lap your time at 10 minutes and then continue to the end. The

  • MK MARATHON AMBASSADOR 2019 – WOO HOO! by James Smith

     Although I was a truly awful runner as a young man (I failed the RAF fitness test quite spectacularly on the first attempt – only just scraping through on the second attempt after being chased by a Brummie with fists like hams threatening to “punch yow head in if yow

  • Man cannot run on cake alone……he also needs Gin!

    A week in the life of.....Captain Dan...Thursday I was moping around the house, so Vicky suggested I go for a run, then it started raining! Another hour passed and I made it to the bedroom to change! Eventually I brought enough enthusiasm to the party to get out the door

  • Team Parkrun day

    Team parkrun dropped in this weekend and LFR were in huge numbers to assist. This is where a national lottery funded athlete visits parkrun to give something back to the community, encourages, answers questions and tail runs. We were luck enough to have Zoe Shipperley, a silver medalist for England

  • Rushmere with a buggy!

    You may think I’m a little mad but since Vicky bought us a running buggy for Christmas, to enable us to go out running with Edison, I’ve been taking on new challenges including Rushmere Parkrun. Today was supposed to be a gentle stretch before Bearbrook 10k but with Arriana away

  • 5 Reasons to Run the Leighton 5K!

    The course! The course takes in the beauty and wonder of Tiddenfoot Waterside Park and the Canal.  It’s peaceful and a wonderful place to run. The support! All the marshals and volunteers are members of LFR and their families.  They will cheer you, clap you, high five you, shout encouragement