Category Archives: Half marathon

Dublin Half Marathon 2014

You’ll be sickened to hear that I’ve just had one of those great races where you exceed your expectations, knock a nice chunk off your previous personal best and get under a notable time barrier too. I finished this morning’s … Continue reading

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Half-marathon season

For anyone who’s six to eight weeks out from a marathon right now, it’s half-marathon season. Unless you’re feeling up to a 20-mile race at the start of October, such as the one coming up in Athlone, the half will be the … Continue reading

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Clontarf Half Marathon 2014

I had been rhapsodising about my former Paris running route, along the Seine and past iconic sights like the Eiffel Tower. But just as spectacular is a run along Dublin Bay on a sunny morning, with a view of the … Continue reading

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Beat your race number!

I’m not religious, spiritual or superstitious, nor do I believe in destiny or fate. I don’t even believe the bus exists until I actually see it pulling up to the stop. But even my rational scepticism withers in awe before … Continue reading

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Dublin Half Marathon 2013

Today’s Dublin Half Marathon has been overshadowed by the death of a competitor. The race organisers have posted a statement on the matter. Many of us who ran in the race saw the scene at the 11-mile mark, near the … Continue reading

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Half marathon, full effort!

When I was a corporate English teacher in Paris, a few of my students were marathon runners. One of them, a financial services sales representative, never allowed his advancing years and expanding waistline to get in the way of his … Continue reading

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Paris by half

The Semi Marathon de Paris takes place this Sunday, 4 March. Celebrating its 20th year in 2012, it has become the traditional half-distance warm-up for the Paris Marathon. I’m not running in it, though – but more of that later. The … Continue reading

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