The 2013 Cross du Figaro 12km, Paris, France

by Jean Marc Dalle On September 22nd, I ran the “Cross du Figaro” in Saint Cloud‘s National Park (an extraordinary place just outside Paris). Cross du Figaro was a cross country race held in the Bois de Boulogne from 1961 and 2000. So, it was the rebirth of this race in a different place. The New Concept The legendary Cross du Figaro New Balance made a comeback with a new concept: it was more convivial, more cultural and more accessible. The 41st edition of the Cross Du Figaro New Balance took…

The Great South Run, 2013

by Cat Bednarski Considering this was my first 10 mile race I was quite anxious about this one, and of course it didn’t completely fill me with confidence that it fell on the eve of the biggest storm in over 20 years either! However, I made it across that finish line with a great big smile upon my winded face. I started near the beack so the first couple of miles were very slow; trying to create a route through the crowds of slow starters/walkers was not easy. Though, once…

The Great South Run, 2013

by Steve Kimberley So my first time running the Great South Run was also my first trip to the nautical city of Portsmouth, and fortunately neither experience turned out to be a disappointment. After turning up a tad late, I attempted to grab a few minutes extra warm up with the rest of the TrekandRun team only to get picked up by the Channel 5 cameras, who broadcast us having a rather unorthodox warm-up strut in front of the elite athletes. As the race started, it were as if by…

The 2013 Amsterdam Half Marathon

by Marco Lunich On the 20th October, 2013 I ran the Amsterdam half-marathon. It was my first time in a competition on that distance (I usually run 10ks), so I probably did a lot of rookie mistakes. I met with a friend two hours before the race started to visit the area. The marathon was already on and we were passed by the first finishers on our way to the Olympic compound where the start was. The weather was absolutely ideal with around 14/15 degrees Celsius and slowly getting warmer….

The Spartan Beast, 2013

by Dave Sherman I love a challenge – anything that can take me out of my comfort zone attracts me like a moth to light – but when we signed up for this event I actually found myself wondering for the first time ever if I’d definitely be able to complete it! Events like the Spartan series strike me as experiences designed for serious gym addicts with arms like tree trunks and since taking up running competitively I’ve watched my upper body strength decrease in parallel with my race times,…

Brighton Half Marathon 2013

by Kev Betts The Brighton Half Marathon has come a long way since the inaugural race some 23 years ago. Back then, 200 runners turned up in a car park to race over 13.1 miles. This year, over 10,000 people entered one of the country’s leading races over the distance. There is no doubt that over the past couple of years, the timing of the event has fallen perfectly in line with the training diaries of spring marathon wannabes – the Brighton Marathon in particular. There is no doubt the…

Men’s Health Survival of the Fittest, London, 2013

by Laura Kimberley ‘I wanna be fit but I don’t like running’ – Rizzle Kicks This line totally sums me up. I go to the gym as and when it suits me, I do the occasional 5km or 10km race and have done 2 half marathons in my time but I am by no means a seasoned athlete. This being said, when I went to watch the 5km Survival race last year I was overcome by a strange sense of jealousy when my little brother headed off across the start…

Men’s Health Survival of the Fittest, London, 2013

by Dave Sherman When most people talk about Obstacle Races, ‘Men’s Health Survival of the Fittest’ events are usually some of the first which come to mind, and are easily among of the most popular events on the Obstacle Race calendar. The events are spread over 5 locations throughout Great Britain from September to November concluding with a London double-whammy event comprising of a daytime 10k and night-time 5k adjacent to Battersea Power Station in London, and I was excited to be competing in this one, not only because of…

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