Entries by Crispin Flower

cardiff marathon

Lending weight to the 15-20 mile/per week training philosophy advocated recently by Rodwell/Gallagher, I just ripped 5 mins off my marathon PB in Cardiff this morning, after preparation that made last year’s last minute dash to Belfast look like a carefully planned campaign. I wasn’t sure whether to run at all, as mugs full of

London Marathon

Just checked the results for Westies….Mark Forrest (have we met?) sorry I didn’t say hi !! OK I ran the second half with my eyes shut, after passing the pooey man with the brown smeary legs, but I thought I’d spot a big W if there was one. But according to the results, I must

Black Mountains

Black Mountains 17m, 5200ft Indeed they were, Pen Carrig Calch looming over the start in the piccy village of Llanbedr, drizzle and cloud hanging low. On the start line it was hard to banish the bad memories of a grim run last year, bonking horribly and getting cuffed by Upson! And this year he’d chickened

Richard Burton 10k (Cwmafon)

The Richard Burton 10k, Cwmafon (near Port Talbot) attracted a pretty good field of perhaps 400, despite being hilly enough to be a fell race, and (or should that be including) Naomi, who did a huge PB in her 3rd 10k to come home in 48.10 or thereabouts. 1st Martin Rees V45 (!!!) about 31

Bob Smith Traverse (all six 800m summits of S Wales)

A beautiful epic Bob Smith Traverse (all six 800m summits of S Wales), in bright sun snow and ice on saturday. 20 miles run, 25 miles bike, with 2635m ascent. Decided and planned late friday evening! Some bits very difficult, plenty slides and falls, all quite slow. For those with maps (Chris) … Started at

Goodrich Fell Race

Good ? – oh yes Rich ? – plenty of prizes Fell Race? – not really, but a cheeky 6 miler on tracks with 900 feet of ascent. Forest of Dean, near Symonds Yat. A slightly longer course than of old (in the days when this was Damon’s stomping ground), had us stumbling through a

Brecon Beacons

Rigby goes supersonic at the Brecon Beacons ‘On yer marks’… ‘get set’…………… 133 runners start to shuffle… ‘hang on!!’… 133 runners stumble and start tripping over each other, but some are 20 yards down the road… 133 runners are all thinking ‘What, is this going to be the first ever false start in 3000 years

3 Peaks (too many in my opinion)

Still no word of Gordon R… hope you finished all right. But seriously now, the Three Peaks race, Sunday 28th April 2002, was a strenuous day out in less than ideal conditions, and a busy day for the St Johns Ambulance folk. I had dashed straight into the first aid tent at the finish (only

Ffordd y Bryniau

The current bout of excess wind contributed greatly to the jollity of Ffordd y Bryniau, 9 miles, 2000 feet, 82 feet running. Having driven through and around numerous fallen trees, barely able to see the road for stuff, I found the rendezvous completely empty. As the wind was too strong to get the car door

Nant Y Moch Skyline

3rd youngest comes 4th at Nant Y Moch Skyline. Last saturday in Wales, 30 lined up to the wild cheering of a couple of local shepherds and set off to traverse the Nant y Moch Skyline (12.5m,3900′)….After about a mile (and ripping one guy up) I found myself in the very unexpected position of leading