Category Archives: Marathons

The Mighty Mudcat Challenge – May 2017

Virgil – Small town races have a completely different vibe. While the excitement of 20, 000 runners all barrelling down an avenue has its own excitement, the smaller race format and more community oriented feel at Dunnville made it a memorable race weekend. As it was the first time Dunnville was hosting a marathon it felt like they needed to punch well above their weight to impress this city slicker. The Race Expo was a simple affair, with various vendors available and kit pickup at the end of the arena….

The Mississauga Marathon – May 2017

Trek and Run were supported during this event by; Salba Chia Brooks Running Tailwind Nutrition & Helly Hansen The course didn’t change too much since when we did it in 2016 so here’s the film we shot then, to give you an idea of what’s in store for you. Dave (took part in the Full Marathon) – Hopefully the film above and my team-mates reports below will give you a firm idea of what you can expect if you enter this event. I’ll just add a few thoughts to pad…

The Greater Manchester Marathon – April 2017

Trek and Run were supported during this event by; Salba Chia & Helly Hansen Photos by: AWOL Adventures Part 1: By Dave Sherman In April 2013 I took part in the Greater Manchester Marathon, and I had a brilliant time! It was my first time visiting Manchester, and the crowd support throughout the route was immense creating a buzz which lasted the entire 26.2 miles – so much so I set a Marathon personal best of 3:47 – a huge drop from my previous time of 3:56! Our experience of the 2013 event can be…

The Hamilton Road2Hope Marathon – 6th Nov 2016

Trek and Run were supported during this event by; Salba Chia  Brooks Running & Helly Hansen Photos by Virgil Cheung and David Waters First, to give you a firm idea of the event, here’s a short video Dave shot as he took part. The Hamilton Road2Hope Marathon is a fast, BQ marathon event occuring about halfway between Toronto and Niagara Falls. Here’s what our team thought of the event. Dave – I’ve made the film, which hopefully shows you a little of the course and how my own race went….

The Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon – 16th Oct 2016

Trek and Run were supported during this event by; Salba Chia  Brooks Running & Helly Hansen All photographs, unless otherwise stated, by David Wise and Virgil Cheung. First, to give you a firm idea of the event, here’s a short video Dave shot as he took part. The Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon (STWM) is Toronto’s premiere marathon event. Here’s what our team thought of the event. Tim - The STWM is probably the event with the best pre race expo in Ontario. It’s definitely not one of those expos that you can…

On Improving Running Performance

I’ve done pretty good in my running this year. The first 6 events I took part in, in wildly varying weather and underfoot conditions, resulted in me beating my personal bests over 4 distances and gaining my first ever 1st place at a 10km race whilst the last event, a 50 mile mountain trail event that was meant to be just a bit of fun, delivered an age group podium finish. This short article tries to explain the reasons for this relative success. Here are a few finish line selfies to…

Milton Keynes Marathon and Half Marathon – 2nd May 2016

Salba Chia  Scimitar Sports & Helly Hansen Part 1 - By Dave Sherman  Celebrating its 50th birthday next year and referred to by many as ‘Britain’s newest town’ but by others as ‘the concrete jungle’, Milton Keynes (or MK, as the town is commonly referred to) was born out of a government effort to relieve London’s housing congestion, planned to be equidistant from London, Birmingham, Leicester, Oxford and Cambridge, and formed from an area which was predominantly farmland and undeveloped villages into the grid of dual carriageways and roundabouts we know today. However if you look beyond the concrete, you’re left with a huge network of paths for cyclists, runners and walkers known as…

The Mississauga Marathon – 1st May 2016

Trek and Run were supported during this event by; Salba Chia  Brooks Running & Helly Hansen First, here’s a short film showing the route from a runners perspective. This marathon is a Boston Qualifier and takes place just to the south-west of Toronto, starting inland and finishing at the shores of Lake Ontario. Here’s a couple of screenshots of my Tom Tom watch data that show the route of the event and also the elevation; as you can see, there’s a little bit of up and down but as long as you attack the downhills…

Brighton Marathon – 17th April 2016

Trek and Run were supported during this event by; Salba Chia  & Scimitar Sports Part 1; by Dave Sherman Before we get started with our reviews, here’s a film I made about the event from a runner’s perspective… Following my first marathon back in 2012, once the pain had worn off I set myself a goal of running as many marathons as I could but, as there are so many marathons out there, I planned to avoid running the same marathon twice. This lasted for 4 years (and 17 marathons); however when I’d tackled Brighton in 2013 I’d had a dreadful experience due to serious…

Maratona di Roma (Rome Marathon) – 10th April 2016

Trek and Run were supported during this event by; Salba Chia  & Helly Hansen Photos by Laura Kimberley and Studio5 Part 1: By Dave Sherman Before we get started with our reviews, here’s a video I filmed of the event to give you an idea of the course and atmosphere… A journalist in Runners World recently described Rome as a ‘second tier’ Marathon which I found incredibly strange… Sure, Rome doesn’t have as big a field as London (around 12,000 last year compared to 38,000 in London and almost 50,000 in New…