• The Cornish Marathon – 19.11.17

    Race report by Dave Phillips. The Cornish Marathon, Bodmin Moor The don’t call this “The Beast” for fun as the real reason is that it’s probably the UK’s toughest marathon-that’s why I go back every year and have done since the late ‘80s. It starts in Pensilva and this year it was fully booked up […]

  • Autumn Shakespeare 10k – 11.11.17

    Race Report by Michael Hammond I have never been to Long Marston air field before. It is an impressive site , with the remnants of previously better days evident in the old advertising hoardings, wooden seating , and ancient planes (sadly neglected) on display. As I parked up ,I saw Kelvin Elliot ,and walked with […]

  • Birmingham League Race 1 Report: Telford – 11.11.17

    Thank you and a big well done to the 27 Massey men who represented the club in the first fixture of the Birmingham League on Saturday. The majority of the team took a coach out from the Massey club just before midday, and I think everyone enjoyed the day out and a great chance to […]

  • Rockingham 10 mile – 5.11.17

    Rockingham 10 mile or how not to run a race! – Race Report by Vir Silio My husband booked this race as a preparation for a half marathon consisted of 4 laps, so a 3 laps 10 miler made sense. I checked the map before the race and least to say I was worried because […]

  • Marlow Chiltern Hills Half Marathon – 5.11.17

    Race report by Dave Phillips. I can’t recall how many times I’ve said “they don’t come any tougher than this one”. So I’ll say it again because it is killer. Both races started in Higginson Park and went through the town on the closed High Street then the trouble started as it was uphill for […]

  • Dublin Marathon – 29.10.17

    Race Report by Cathy Keay This marathon is advertised as the “friendly marathon” and they weren’t wrong – it’s a fantastic race experience from start to finish.  I got some cheap Ryanair flights (that weren’t cancelled) and flew out on the Saturday morning.  The pack pick up was at the RDS (Royal Dublin Society) which […]

  • Snowdonia Marathon – 28.10.17

    35th Snowdonia marathon, Saturday 28/10/17, Llanberis. Race report by Dave Phillips. This was my 30th Snowdonia and they gave me race number 30. Only 2 others have done more so my name and their names appeared on the Elite List! Wow indeed! 8 of us asked if we could start early (breathing in my case) and no […]

  • Beachy Head Marathon 28.10.17

    I was really hoping beyond hope that I wouldn’t have to write this report. With my track record of forgetting things another race could lead to yet another disaster.  This time I had all my kit.  I was so organised that I had two pair of trail shoes stinking out my car like a slowly […]

  • Green Drive 5 – 22.10.17

    Race Report by Katie Kingston Storm Brian tried his hardest to defeat us, but the intrepid runners battled back and managed to complete this really pretty 5-mile route. Starting in the tree lined Green Drive on the outskirts of Lytham, the route takes you over Saltcoates Bridge turning left to towards Warton, then turning left […]

  • Abingdon Marathon – 22.10.17

    Race report by Dave Phillips.  Think this was my 29th Abingdon but it seems to get harder. The breathing, Brian’s wind, cold weather made it a toughie despite it being the flattest in the UK. The trouble is there is a 5 hr time limit and so loads of normal runners don’t enter it. So why […]

  • Birmingham Half Marathon – 15.10.17

    Race Report by Michael Hammond The training programme on my Massey’s’ app. for the Great Birmingham half started with 30 minutes steady on August 7th  . I soon began to realise the benefit of going out on training runs with a group rather than on my own, so I started to incorporate Mondays and Wednesdays […]

  • Leicester Marathon – 15.10.17

    Race report by Dave Phillips. How things have changed over the years. There were a few thousand at Victoria Park lining up for today’s double event –a half and a full. Bit of a delay with the start but eventually we were off through Leicester on mainly closed roads heading out of town. The pace […]

  • Bournemouth Half Marathon – 8.10.17

    Race Report by Kelvin Elliott Once again I set myself a challenge in the summer that I wanted to do 4 Half Marathons in 7 weeks with a 10 miler at Draycote Water in between. I had completed Kenilworth and the Great North Run which were totally different and amazing experiences which had tested me […]

  • Chester Marathon – 8.10.17

    Race report by Dave Phillips. This event along with the Metric Marathon (26.2 kms) has to be right at the top of UK events. The start is at the fabulous race course (5 mins walk from our Crown Plaza hotel) where the accommodation, facilities, changing and everything else is superb. Then the race goes through […]

  • Yorkshire 10 mile – 8.10.17

    Race Report by Nicky Chambers This is great event and part of the Yorkshire marathon which you follow for 5 miles before splitting for 0.5mile and then rejoining. It is extremely well organised from start to finish with a Park n Ride and a great event village. The course is mainly flat with a couple […]

  • Belfast Half-Marathon – 18.9.17

    Race Report by Martin Judge Belfast’s half-marathon starts by the River Lagan in the leafy Ormeau Park just a 15 minute’s walk from the city centre.  The route loops the park and river before heading out towards the city airport and Victoria Park.   Victoria Park is another attractive park and is roughly at the 6 […]

  • Another Welsh Double – 23.9.17 & 24.9.17

    Race report by Dave Phillips. Colby Gardens 5k – Saturday 23.9.17 Summer is over so only around 50 did this fabulous Park Run in the National Trust grounds near Amroth. This has been Pembrokeshire’s only Park Run venue but also on 23/9 a new venue opened with its inaugural Park Run at Haverfordwest so now […]

  • Midland 6 Stage Relays – 23.9.17

    Please find below race reports from Ross and Nicky:- Read Michael race report here:- Men’s Report – Ross Cooper Well done to the 18 men who ran in Midlands Autumn Relays at Sutton Park on Saturday. Massey entered 3 teams this year, 2 in the senior men’s and 1 in the Masters competition, with Massey […]

  • Scottish Half Marathon – 24.9.17

    Race Report by Claire Newman This is my first race report, so apologies if it a bit rambley! I took part in the Scottish Half Marathon on the 24th September, it was my 2nd half, my first being Kenilworth a few weeks before.  There were 3,000 runners so it was the biggest event I have done as […]

  • Sutton Park Relays – 23.9.17

    Race Report by Michael Hammond The email from Ross Cooper came through and I thought; another ‘experience’ to put under my belt. Sutton Park is impressively large and pleasant. I have heard of it, but have never visited before. I asked Alan at training on Monday for a lift and we got there in plenty of […]

  • Great North Run – 10.9.17

    Race report by Kelvin Elliott Once again I had the opportunity to the double this year of the London Marathon and Great North Run. My Great North Run adventure started at 8.30am when I met up the Sam Smyth who was doing her first Great North Run. We met at Monument Metro Station and headed […]

  • Heart of England Forest Marathon – 16.9.17

    Heart of England Forest Marathon (27.5 miles ish) – Race report by David Phillips. Well it’s many years since I did something as hard as this event. The HQ was at Henley in Arden school just 3 miles from our house so no problems for the 0830 start. There was also a 17 mile event and […]

  • Bad Cow Weekend – 9-10.9.17

    Ladies and gentlemen, the story you are about to read is true.  Normally, the names are changed to protect the innocent but in this case the total incompetence of one person needs to be highlighted to save future runners!  So settle down with a nice cup of tea or a pint of Dorset cider and […]

  • The Wild One Marathon – 10.9.17

    Race report by Dave Phillips. In this case Wild is an adjective and a surname. My friend Stuart Wild used to run for Black Pear Joggers and did his 100th marathon at Snowdon in 2012 and it was my privilege to present him with his 100 Marathon Club trophy. Unfortunately he died shortly after and Black […]

  • Stratford Big 10K – 10.9.17

    Race Report by Michael Hammond I thought that I was not going to be able to do this run, as I was stage manager for a production at the Criterion Theatre,  and the set strike was on the same day.  I posted on the Massey app to see if anyone wanted my place, and three […]

  • Wolverhampton Marathon – 3.9.17

    Race report by Dave Phillips. I first ran this inaugural marathon in 1983 with Dave Pettifer (was Massey now Kenilworth) and I haven’t missed one since. There was a short period (4 years?) when it was not on (no sponsor) but for the last 20 years it has been sponsored by Carver of Wolverhampton, the […]

  • Daventry parkrun – 2.9.17

    Race Report by Michael Hammond Who would have thought that a ‘Donkey Derby ‘at The Memorial Park would bring about such an exodus of Coventry Massey runners to the foggy depths of Daventry for their Park Run.? Alison Clark posted a message asking if anyone was up for a lift to Daventry and myself and James Padvis […]

  • Badgers 10K – 27.8.17 Not quite a Race Report!

    Race report by Helen Rowe I had heard reports about the Badgers 10k.  It is very hilly they said.  I decided it wasn’t for me.  Then some weeks ago, when Cal, Sally and I were out running, Cal asked if either of us were doing it.  Sally said she wasn’t, as she had a family […]

  • East Farm Running Weekend 26-28.08.17

    Some runners may toss and turn at night and wake early with prerace nerves however I have slept badly with postrun report worries after a comment from my proof reader and harshest critic. ‘Well… I guess it is okay.  I just don’t think it up to your usual standards!  Maybe you have written too many […]

  • Badgers Atherstone 10k – 27.8.17

    Race Report by Michael Hammond I have to admit to not looking forward to this race one bit ! Speaking to running colleagues about it their reaction was always a remark about how hilly it is ! I signed up for it quite a while ago and it fitted nicely into my half marathon training. […]

  • August Race Reports

    A Final August Flurry – Race reports by David Phillips. Now that’s what I call a proper August with 8 races-7 in Wales and the Corporate 5. 16.8.17 – Massey’s  Corporate 5k Coventry. Once again we were very happy to have sponsored this so huge thanks from us all at P&B to those who put on […]

  • Birmingham Canal Canter – 19.08.17

    When you look like you are on the quest for the vest (100 marathon club vest that is) if  you find an marathon less than 30 minutes away from you home and only £18 you really have to sacrifice your parkrun and sign up. The Birmingham Canal Canter is organised by the LDWA (The Long […]

  • MFRC Corporate 5k – 16.8.17

    Race Report by Michael Hammond I have been a proud member of  Massey Ferguson Runners Club, since I joined in January 2017 to take part in the 10 week RaceFit course . I have been impressed by the friendly and encouraging atmosphere that is present at all training sessions, and runs . It also helps that […]

  • 10 days in Wales

    Race reports by Dave Phillips. As usual at this time of year we pop down to our place in Penally to do the garden, fish, sing with the Tenby Male Choir, train with Pembrokeshire Harriers and of course do the local races. So 5 races it was in 10 days, back now for the week […]

  • Draycote 10k – 13.8.17

    Race Report by Michael Hammond I did my first Draycote 10K on May 14 2017.  I wanted to do it again primarily because in my head I had thought it was not that bad in terms of inclines, whilst almost everyone I spoke to about it said they thought it was ‘Hilly’. My finish time […]

  • St Ives Bay 10k – 1.8.17  

    Race Report by Fiona Ryan I thought it would be a good idea to do a 10k whilst on holiday in Cornwall, the plan being to keep my legs moving. To my surprise, Run Britain had a 10k listed 4 miles away from where I was staying. The race was organised by Hayle Running Club. […]

  • The Dorset Invader Weekend 29-30th July 2017

    This weekend would involve Marathon number 15 for me, followed by a half marathon the following day.  Daniel and I have been looking towards doing double weekend marathons for a while, so we thought this would be a good way to see if our legs would hold out for 2 consecutive days.  It was to […]

  • Fort William Marathon – 30. 7. 17

    Race Report by Lesley Keighley Ok so you could be thinking this is a marathon in and around the highland town of Fort William.  But no the start and finish is 7 miles outside Fort William at the Nevis Range Mountain Resort, which overlooks Annoch Mor. So early on the morning Rachel myself and Sandy […]

  • Beatrix Potter Challenge – 23.7.17

    For a while I have seen medals and goody bags from events run by Saxon, Vikings and Normans and been extremely envious of the great bling.  Even though I have had the weekends free the races are normally run from venues in Kent and Sussex way so to do one of their events would mean […]

  • Swissalpine, Davos – 29.7.17

    Swissalpine, Davos, Switzerland Friday 28th to Sunday 30th July – Race Report by Dave Phillips This year the Swissalpine Marathon, Swiss Trail and Swiss Iron Trail events were all combined over the 3 days. There were 18 races from 9k to 214 k to choose from so where were you all? This event started in 1987 and […]

  • Summer Shakespeare 10k – 29.7.17

    Summer Shakespeare 10k at Long Marston Airfield Saturday 29th July 2017 report by Kelvin Elliott This race was the last ever Summer Shakespeare event at Long Marston Airfield before houses will be built there next year, Don’t despair the last ever run at the airfield will be in November. I have done the 10k event […]

  • Stratford Summer Six – 22.7.17

    Race Report by Dave Phillips Well the only thing about Summer yesterday was the name in the event as it was raining at the start and throughout this 14th Summer 6. Mary Arden’s House at Wilmcote was the event HQ and was full of runners (c300?) as they all had to collect their numbers there so […]

  • Stratford Summer 6 – 22.7.17

    Race Report by Michael Hammond This was my first six-mile event, and my second evening race; a good opportunity to see how I would get on after completing parkrun Coventry on the same day. I gave myself plenty of time to get there, and was one of the first in the car park.  Masseys’ were […]

  • Race to the Stones (100km) – 15.7.17

    Race Report by Lisa Jay Build up to Race to the Stones had not been great, Achilles injury, house move and new job limited training to one 35km flat canal run and 300 views of the RTTS promo on YouTube! When we arrived at 7am on Saturday the blue skies on YouTube were no where […]

  • Wycombe Half Marathon – 16.7.17

    Race Report by Dave Phillips  Well last week’s Wales marathon was probably the UK’s toughest full and I reckon today’s Wycombe half is right up there in the same category. Absolute killer but at the very top for scenic beauty all the way round and stunning views non-stop. Lovely start outside Wycombe Wanderers FC where […]

  • Not Quite a Race Report – 16.7.17

    Not quite a race ….. by Helen Rowe I have been training with Sally Slevin on Sunday mornings for a few weeks.  If I am not in a race, I go to the gym to do 5k on the bike, followed by weight training, and then I meet Sally at the Excel Centre.  We have […]

  • Massey Handicap – Race 4 5.1.17

    Despite the Godiva Festival starting to occupy vast areas of the Memorial Park and trim paths the race still managed to go ahead on more or less the original route. The league tables have now been updated to reflect the correction to the winner of Race 3 – Well done Kelvin. Martin Smith and Naomi […]

  • Piece of Cake Marathon – 15.7.17

    As I drove away from Church Stretton after having run another marathon I did wonder what I could write about as my marathons are normally a catalogue of disasters that would form a series of articles in Runners World of mistakes to avoid.  However for this race, my check list worked; I had all the […]

  • Long Course Weekend, Tenby – 7.7.17-9.7.17

    Long Course Weekend, Tenby, Pembrokeshire, 7th, 8th, 9th July. Race report by Dave Phillips. So as usual we popped down to Penally on Friday for a long w/e to garden, tidy up the house for summer and of course do the Wales Marathon at Tenby on Sunday. Saturday morning as usual was the 5k Park […]

  • Lion’s Bridge Marathon – 9.7.17

  • Timberhonger 10k – 1.7.17

    Timberhonger 10k, Bromsgrove, Sat 1st July, 1700 hrs. Race report by Dave Phillips. This event proved once again that it rates at the very top of road races. Why you ask? Well it takes place from the Sanders Park in Bromsgrove on Carnival week end where there is a fun fare, stalls galore, beer and cider […]

  • Snickerthon – 1.7-17

    I did it! Not just run a marathon but arrive with a complete set of kit with me.  Trainers, Garmin the lot!  Finally it seems my checklist is working.  So this will be a very boring race report from me as I have no disasters My race paranoia meant that we arrived just as the […]

  • Milton Keynes 10k – 27.6.17

    East Midlands Grand Prix – Milton Keynes 10k – Tuesday 27 June 2017 Race Report by Martin Smith The Milton Keynes 10k is the eighth and final race in the East Midlands Grand Prix Series. It is always a challenge in finding the Open University in Milton Keynes – grid reference – H9 intersection with […]

  • Draycote Water 10k – 22.6.17

    Draycote Water 10k Fun Run and Walk for Cancer Research UK Thursday 22nd June 2017 – Race Report by Kelvin Elliott I found out about this run from Mark Williams whose company were facilitating this run with the added bonus of a burger to everyone who completed the course. As it was a mad rush […]

  • Shifnal Half Marathon – 25.6.17

    13th Shifnal Steeplechase multi terrain half marathon – 25.6.17 Race report by Dave Phillips Well I’ve run every one of these in Shifnal a small beautiful Shropshire town not too far from Telford. Around 150+ of us turned out for it today. Originally most of it was off road following the course that man and […]

  • Trail Marathon Wales – Full & Half – 17.6.17

    Reading my race reports is very much like a guide to marathon running…  Reading back over them you could glean a lot of information on silly errors and mistakes and if you avoid them how much better your marathon running experience could be. Maybe I too could learn from my mistakes and have the perfect […]

  • Arden 9 – 18.6.17

    Race Report by Dave Phillips. Although this a local run I’d never done it before and now I know what a cracker I’ve missed. I decided on Sat not to do the Bourton on the Water Hilly Half on Sat evening because of its severity, my breathing (or lack of it) plus it was Nathan’s […]

  • MFRC Summer Handicap Series – Race 3 The Bear

    Subtracting the initial start times please find each runners time over the 3.29mile course from the Bear. Forename Notes Dean Clarke 19:29 George Semple 20:06 Chris Moore 20:16 Jason Nicholson 20:19 Dave Clarke 20:50 Paul Bradly 21:17 Jan Hall 21:23 Peter Hall 21:34 Alan McDougall 21:52 Dean Semple 22:13 Lizzie Dobson 22:22 Kevin Hinson 22:27 […]

  • Rhein-Ruhr Marathon, Dusiburg, Germany – 11.6.17

    34th Rhein-Ruhr Marathon, Dusiburg, Germany – 11.6.17 Race report by Dave Phillips. Well what a fabulous event this is for the c6,000 entrants in the Hand Bike, Inline Skating, Relay and Normal marathon (me) plus the half marathon (Rob and Michaela Eyley) and kids’ events. This is my 13th consecutive time over there and it […]

  • Banbury 5 – 6.6.17

    Race Report by Martin Smith East Midlands Grand Prix – Banbury 5 – Tuesday 6 June Race 5 of the Series was based at Banbury Academy on the outskirts of the town. The course was similar to that of the Rugby 6 in that the first mile was downhill through a residential area before turning left […]

  • Casterbridge Half Marathon – 28.5.17

    Race Report by Cathy Keay The first running of this race looked very appealing, organised by White Star Running (WSR), (who do lots of “bonkers” trail races in Dorset) this was the first time they’d organised a road race and offered the Casterbridge Half or Dorchester Full.  The Bank Holiday weekend also offered camping and […]

  • Tysoe Windmill 10K – 3.6.17

    Race Report by Michael Hammond After completing the Draycote water 10k on 14 May, I was looking for another 10K in June to prepare me for the 2 castles on Sunday 11 June. The tag line on the website for Tysoe said ‘If the hills don’t take your breath away; the views will’. It was an […]

  • 99 Blue Balloons – 3.6.17

    Race Report by James Padvis How Hard Can It Be Events – 99 Blue Balloons 03.06.17, Lightmoor Shropshire.  I’ve watched with interest as other people have done this company’s events; usually to rave reviews. I wanted a half marathon that would cure me if my greatest fear – laps. I struggle maintaining interest at Coventry […]

  • Indy Run 3.28-36.08miles – 1.6.17

    When they let idiots run marathons! This was my secret marathon, which I only booked recently – I blame Facebook and friends for causing me to be so daft!  The great thing about this race was that you could run as many laps as you want in the 6hrs, but you only needed to run […]

  • Liverpool Marathon – 28.5.17

    Race report by Dave Phillips. Literally thousands descended on Albert Dock for the half and full yesterday morning and fortunately the 32 degrees of Friday and Saturday had cooled off and it had clouded over. The ½ started at 0900 hrs and the full at 1000 hrs and it took the best part of an […]

  • Rock ‘n’ Roll Liverpool Running Weekend. 27-28.5.17

    Rumours of my sub 4 hour marathon are greatly exaggerated! I wasn’t planning on writing a race report for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Liverpool Running weekend but after seeing social media posts about my time I felt I must set the record straight! The reason I have put down running weekend is that Rock ‘n’ […]

  • Worcester Marathon and Half Marathon – 21.5.17

    Race report by Dave Phillips. Half a Full.  Think the title tells it all. I don’t do half pints, only full pints. And where there’s a half and full race together it’s a no brainer which one to do. So I was hoping to buy some of the Massey mob a drink (fulls of course) […]

  • Worcester Marathon/Half 21.05.17

    Once upon a time a peer of the realm (Personally I believe that based on the nature of the event he specialised and the opportunities to win medals at Olympic Games, he is this country’s greatest Olympian, although I would put Daley Thompson a very close 2nd!) once said after finishing a race, ‘If you […]

  • Rugby 6 – 17.5.17

    Race Report by Martin Smith East Midlands Grand Prix – Rugby 6 – Wed 17 May The Rugby 6 is the third race in the series. The course has a steep decline shortly after the start before rising to pass over the M45 and the Oxford Canal. It then runs parallel to the M45 towards […]

  • Cotswold Hilly 100 – 14.5.17

    Race Report by Nicky Chambers Like the name suggests this is a race with some extreme elevation gains and losses. It is a 100 mile road relay race, through the Cotswolds, and divided into 10 legs of approximately 10 miles each. Each runner has to be self sufficient as there are no Marshall’s or water […]

  • Hilly Hundred Relay – Mens Team

    Well done to everyone who ran in the Hilly 100 on Sunday, it was great to see so many Massey Runners around the course on what turned out to be a lovely, sunny day. I’ve not seen the overall results yet, but below is a breakdown of the Men’s team times, less a few seconds […]

  • Sherwood Pines 13.1 – 14.5.17

    Race Report by Cathy Keay The first running of this race looked very exciting, the chance to do a trail half in the relatively flat Sherwood Forest, and maybe stumble across Robin Hood and his Merry Men was too good to miss. Unfortunately, the pre-race information was a bit sparse and when an email asked […]

  • Draycote Water 10k – 14.5.17

    by Helen Rowe (writing my first ever race report). It all started as a suggestion for a couple of us to enter the Draycote Water 10k as a training event.  Denise E had missed the Tractor Race due to tonsillitis, and she had been deprived of her medal opportunity.  Jane B, Sharon E, and Hayley […]

  • Hereford Marathon – 14.5.17

    Race report by Dave Phillips. The Hereford Festival of Sport took place today with kids’ stuff, 10k, half and full all from the racecourse-so a flat start. But that was short lived as the county lived up to its reputation as being very hilly and tough. The trouble was there were only 57 in the […]

  • Kingsbury Classic 10k – 9.5.17

    Race report by Dave Phillips. This annual event proved as good as ever if for no other reason that it takes place in the fabulous Kingsbury Water Park Nature Reserve in the Coleshill/Tamworth area. The other good thing was that it was a 2 lapper so you managed to see the stunning scenery, lakes, rivers […]

  • Geneva Marathon – 7.5.17

    Race Report by Lisa Jay When I didn’t get into London, the plan b was a European marathon, Geneva ticked all the boxes as a) cheap flights b) fast course c) 10km event for some friends (future Massey members lol) who have just embarked on their running journey and d) a chance to see a […]

  • Stratford Shakespeare Marathon – 7.5.17

    Race report by Dave Phillips. Well how things change as the years roll by. What used to take 3.30 at Stratford now takes 6.00 ish. Just maybe they’ve lengthened the course? Added more hills? Anyway today was my 34th Stratford and as I know every step of the way then just maybe my earlier comments […]

  • Market Drayton 10km 7.5.17

    Rather than write an original and witty Race Report I have decide to revisit my original report from 2015 when I ran this race to see how is has changed. Run, run as fast as you can, you can’t catch me I am the gingerbread man!  No need to catch him, he is on your […]

  • Dudley Kingswinford 10K – 3.5.17

    Race report by Dave Phillips. Politely and kindly known as the DKUK10K this popular run has been going for 15+ years now and I reckon I’ve done the majority of them. It was so popular that a few years ago they had to close the numbers at 1300 runners but around 800 toed the start […]

  • MFRC Summer Handicap Race 2 3.5.17

    This maybe the summer series of races but the Memorial Park was definitely chilly for the second race.  This overcast weather didn’t put off over 70 runners from running a new one loop course of 4.39miles.  With a new route we had a lot of marshals out on course but three runners decided to take […]

  • Monty 5k Leamington – 30.4.17

    Race report by Dave Phillips. Not too much you can say about a 5k in Leamington but it was the 2nd event in the WRRL 2017 series so we had to do it. Plus it’s a welcome Sunday break from 7 marathons in 7 weeks which is the current timetable (plus the few evening races […]

  • Brighton Marathon – 9.4.17

    Race Report by John Bennett I was a little apprehensive about the likely outcome for my fourth marathon as my training in the weeks before the Brighton Marathon was disrupted by having Iritis in my right eye; for example, I missed the Ashby 20. I really wasn’t sure how well I was going to do but was […]

  • Simplyhealth Great Edinburgh Run 10 miles – 23.4.17

    Race Report by Martin Smith There is nothing like having a family challenge, so coercing my son, Adrian, and nephew, Stuart who lives near Edinburgh, we agreed to this 10 mile challenge which takes in several of Edinburgh’s famous historic landmarks. This was going to be a nostalgic run for myself as I would see parts […]

  • London Marathon (Jenna) – 23.4.17

    Race Report by Jenna Pogue It feels odd writing a ‘race report’ for London Marathon as it didn’t really feel like a race, it was ‘bigger’ than that! Training went well and with 3 weeks to go I felt calm & confident. With 3 days to go, I turned into a bag of nerves – […]

  • London Marathon (Dave) – 23.4.17

    Race report by Dave Phillips. Wow what a huge non-stop event this was. Never been involved in anything like it before. By comparison  a few hundred in the Boston marathon on Easter Monday ( and no one else anywhere) and c40,000 yesterday plus probably the entire population of London + outsiders watching, screaming and encouraging […]

  • Southampton Half-Marathon – 23.4.17

    Race Report by Alison Lowe Having run the Southampton 10km last year after winning a place in a Twitter competition I decided to move up to the Half Marathon distance this year. I got a charity place with Southampton Hospital Charity after my Dad spent his last days there back in November.   This year the […]

  • Boston (UK) Marathon – 17.4.17

    Race report by Dave Phillips. Another early start as I left the house at 0500 hrs today to get to Boston by 0730 for the 0900 hrs start of the full and half. About 700 runners turned out for the half (300) and 400 in the full starting in the lovely town centre of Boston. […]

  • Belvoir Half Marathon – 9.4.17

    Race Report by Dave Goodwin So after last weeks DNS at the Manchester Marathon due to the emotion of Wembley it was onto a day of supporting Anne-Marie and the Massey crew at the 40 mile Coventry Way. Of course plan A was to have faffed about in laybys today eating jelly babies & sausage […]

  • Run in the Forest 5 miles – 9.4.17

    Race Report by Sally Slevin Today I ran a 5mile race at Conkers the lovely Cal Oddy took me.  I thought with it being around tracks in the forest it would be fairly flat, but I was wrong . it was more hillier than the two castles and of course extremely hot. Cal and I […]

  • Colby Gardens 5k – 8.4.16

    Colby Gardens 5k, Nr. Amroth, Pembrokeshire Race report by Dave Phillips. Well what else do you do when you pop down to Pembrokeshire to clear up the house and do the gardening, plant the veg, mow the lawns, do accountancy work and other things 24/7? You drive for 20 mins to the most beautiful National […]

  • MFRC Summer Handicap Race 1 5.4.17

    Although dry, it was definitely chilly for the first summer handicap race, especially when the sun started to disappear from view.  A  huge field of 81 Massey Club members and 6 guests took part in the first summer handicap race. As traditional with our races you can only win the trophy if you are a […]

  • Manchester Marathon – 2.4.17

    Race Report by Virginia Silio After hesitating for long time, I decided that Manchester 2017 will be our first marathon (“our” as I’m the race organizer at home, and I knew that if I signed up for a marathon, my husband Jose would join me). Without no idea how to train for this distance, I […]

  • “Tripos” weekend – April 2017

    Race Report by Dave Phillips Well it all started on Saturday evening at the Quiz Night at the Massey Social Club where c100 turned up for “Spectacular”. Huge thanks to Jenna Pogue and Kelvin  for organising it on behalf of London Marathon Team Phillips running in the Daily Telegraph’s team for the Brain and Spine […]

  • Midland 12 Stage Relays, Sutton Park – 25.3.17

    Midland 12 Stage Relays Race Report by Ross Cooper Well done to the 12 Massey men who represented the club in the Midland 12 Stage Relays at Sutton Park on Saturday afternoon. It was a lovely, sunny day to be out running around the lush surroundings of Sutton Park, and mixing with fellow running clubs […]

  • Sphinx 1st Summer Handicap, Broadwell near Southam – 26.3.17

    Race report by Dave Phillips. Sphinx 1st Summer Handicap – 26.3.17 – at Broadwell near Southam.  Approx 5+miles. Bit of a blank w/e as far as races were concerned but Sphinx’s Mitch Timms mentioned their event and welcomed me over but on one condition. That I did not wear my Red and White but my […]

  • Coventry Half Marathon – 19.3.17

    Race report by Dave Phillips.    I refer to this as the Nostalgic Half. Why? Read on. I think it started in 1986 and I did that first one  in 1.34 and have done them all since except one about 3 years ago (broken leg maybe??). They have been run over many different courses and […]

  • Raceways Spring Shakespeare Marathon – 11.3.17

    Raceways Spring Shakespeare Marathon, Long Marston Airfield, Stratford-upon Avon – 11.3.17 Race Report by Dave Phillips I decided that I would start early (with permission of course) as we had to be out late afternoon so I started at 0745 (official start was 1000 hrs). This is an 8 lap course so I had the […]

  • Elan Valley Round the Lakes 20 miles – 4.3.17

    Elan Valley Round the Lakes 20 miles, Rhayader Powys, Sat 4th March 2017. The trouble with this event is that to get to the 1st reservoir you have to climb for 5 miles along and up the small mountain road to 1500 ft at Penrhiw-wen and that took me about 1hr 50 mins. It was […]

  • Baldock Beast Half Marathon – 26.2.17

    Race Report by Lisa Jay My reasons for entering this were pretty straightforward, I was in Hertfordshire celebrating family birthdays and ‘needed’ a decent training run as part of my Geneva marathon preparation. Having collected number from local pub day before, I had a gentle stroll from my Mums house to the race start point […]

  • Draycote Water 10k – 26.2.17

    Race report by Dave Phillips. An almost full house with around 485 starters on a very cold and windy morning on the banks of this wind swept  reservoir. Plus there were 8 Massey runners there so plenty of good company and well done all. The start was an out and back jaunt along the path […]

  • Rugeley 10 miles – 19.02.17

    Race report by Dave Phillips Well this inaugural 10 miler was probably (no definitely) one of the hardest road events I’ve done. Way back I did a half here in 1.30 but it was on the other side of Rugeley not up and over Cannock Chace and Cannock Forest. So what a great start to […]

  • Midlands Ladies Cross Country League Race 4 – 11.2.17

    The Midlands Ladies Cross Country season ended on a high @ Warwick Uni hosted by Kenilworth Runners on a muddy but reasonably flat 3.5 mile course. (compared to others). Everyone commented how much they enjoyed it and they all saw a huge improvement in their running times from previous races. We had a massive turnout […]

  • Birmingham League Race 4, Coundon Park – 11.2.17

    What a great way to end the Birmingham League season, co-hosting at Coundon Park with a fantastic turnout of 33 runners. A massive well done and thank you to all the volunteers who were down at the park early on Saturday to set up the course and make it all happen, as well as staying […]

  • Watford Half Marathon – 5.2.17

    Race report by David Phillips. As usual Cassiobury Park was awash with runners and spectators in the huge tented area near the start and finish lines on a very cold day that never warmed up at all. So at 10:30 the 2 starts –red and blue- sprinted off until we merged after ½ mile when […]

  • MFRC Winter Handicap Race 4 – 5.02.17

    The weather was kind yet again for the winter handicap series; no snow or rain or heatwave to contend, in fact perfect conditions for running.  Had this been a horse race the going underfoot would have been described as soft to very soft – in parts ankle deep mud – well it is cross country. […]

  • Lliswerry 8, Newport – 29.1.17

    Race report by Dave Phillips. Described as the flattest race on the planet I have to agree. I do this every year and have done since way back and I’ve yet to find even a slope. The biggest incline is stepping up the kerb to the start area just behind Newport County’s football stadium which […]

  • Midland Masters Cross Country Champs, Aldersley Stadium, Wolverhampton – 22.1.17

    Race report by Dave Phillips. The Midland Masters used to be called Midland Vets, but maybe some of the old male  farts objected to being “age discriminated against” so Masters was born. Trouble is there are loads of women so Midland Mistresses for them? Certainly made me run faster today trying to catch my Mistress-but […]

  • Birmingham League Race 3: Lilleshall Race Report – 14.1.17

    Well done to the 25 Massey men who represented the club on Saturday at Lilleshall. A few anecdotes had been shared about the last time we raced at Telford some years ago, when the coach broke down on the way and a group of the quicker runners flagged down an ambulance to get them there […]

  • Not the Roman 9, Stratford Upon Avon – 15.1.17

    Race report by Dave Phillips. This 12k (c7.2 miles) race was as good as ever with 17 Massey runners in a field of 604 even if it was cold and dampish. The history of this event needs explaining I reckon so here we go. In 1975 I started my accountancy business in Stratford and went […]

  • Centurion Grand Prix Series – 8.1.17

    Centurion Grand Prix Series, 5 miler, Chelmsley Wood Race report by Dave Phillips. Well a good start to 2017 with 2 races in 2 days. Mind you yesterday’s Warwickshire XC at Newbold Common Leamington was a toughie because of the non-stop mud, ditches and hills for every yard of the 3 lapper. Good news was […]

  • MFRC Winter Handicap Race 3 – 8.01.17

    Although the sun wasn’t gleaming down from the sky, instead the sky was a murky grey and misty that gave an eerie look to Ten Shilling Wood.  Despite it being early January, the temperature was a pleasant 9 degrees and it stayed dry.  The perfect conditions for a Cross Country Race around a wood. Conditions […]

  • Massey Pace Race Results – 2.1.17

    This morning 149 runners enjoyed the winter sunshine with a 3.55 mile race around Coventry’s Memorial Park. Unlike normal races the winner isn’t the one who crosses the line first but rather the runner that has made the best prediction of their finish time – watches, phones, iPods and even Fitbits having to be left off […]

  • Warwick Christmas Day Run – 25.12.16

    Warwick Christmas Day 3.4 mile run, St. Nicholas Park 10:30 hrs. Race report by David Phillips. Many of the regular local faces turned out with the entrants for this Festive Run now in its 45th? year. As usual holiday makers joined us, many with dogs and others pushing prams. In my case it was both […]

  • Lanzarote Marathon – 10.12.16

    Race Report by Martin Judge Mary and I flew into a hot Lanzarote on Thursday 8 December and we both soon realised it was draining simply walking in the heat: on the Saturday I was going to be running a marathon in it!  Our hotel was the Sands Beach which doubled as the race headquarters […]

  • Weekend Whammy – 17.12.16 & 18.12.16

    Double Weekend Whammy.  Race reports by Dave Phillips. Where else could you do a double W at the Week End? Well at Wimbledon and Wolverhampton of course-no brainer really. Thames Hare and Hounds Alumni 5 mile cross country race on Wimbledon Common. Sat 17.12.16 14:30 hrs. This was the 64th Alunmi race put on by […]

  • MFRC Winter Handicap Race 2 – 18.12.16

    The second installment of the Winter Handicap was run around the two lap course in Ten Shilling Wood today.  40 runners completed the 3.12 miles in slightly muddy conditions than last time. Apart from the mud another new appearance this month was digital timing! In the second test of the system with Massey,  runners were […]

  • 31st Sneyd Striders Pudding Run 10 & 5 – 11.12.16

    Race report by Dave Phillips. A good turnout from local clubs (Kenilworth and Northbrook) but the volume of Red and Whites eclipsed their combined totals. So nothing new there then. Sneyd is the sort of place you would probably never come to, or have been to, unless it was for a sporting activity. Why? Well […]

  • Birmingham League XC – Race 2 – Stratford 03.12.2016

    Well done to everyone who ran at Stratford on Saturday, it was great conditions for cross country with the temperature rising a bit from recent days, and pretty dry and firm underfoot. A course that could best be described as “undulating” was certainly challenging, but I thought was a great setting and made for interesting […]

  • Centurion 5, Chelmsley Wood, Birmingham – 4.12.16

    Race report by Dave Phillips. Well what a week end. Friday evening Handel’s Messiah at Symphony Hall. Sat morning gardening and then the XC at the Welcome Hills in the afternoon. What a fabulous venue, tough course with stunning views-in fact what more could we ask for? Then my Warwick School Old Boys’ Annual  Dinner […]

  • East Midlands Airport (EMA) 10k – 27.11.16

    Race Report by Jenna Pogue Sunday 27/11/16 and 9 Massey runners traveled to East Midlands Airport for a 10k race. The events team, HUUB, were not allowed to publish the route for security reasons so although we didn’t know entirely where we’d be running, I hoped it would at least be somewhere near the planes! Shuttle buses transferred […]

  • Cornish Marathon, Bodmin Moor – 20.11.16

    Race Report by Dave Phillips Some say the Cornish is the toughest marathon in the UK and also the most beautiful and friendliest. Correct on all counts but who in his or her right mind would go to Bodmin Moor in late November whatever the reason? Well 450 did to run around probably the remotest […]

  • Marathon des Alpes-Maritimes (Nice to Cannes Marathon) – 13.11.16

    Race Report by Cathy McKeown Marathon des Alpes-Maritimes (Nice to Cannes Marathon) 13.11.16 (plus Breakfast Run on 12.11.16) We came across the Marathon des Alpes-Maritimes (Nice to Cannes Marathon) on our search for a ‘warm’ winter run … and it looked perfect … running along most of the coast road from Nice to Cannes with […]

  • Grand Pier Half Marathon, Weston-Super-Mare – 6.11.16

    Race Report by Katie Kingston After a cold and frosty start to the morning, we gathered on the pier for the start. The route started on the pier, turned left to begin the first lap. The first half towards Keystoke was undulating then returned running back to the pier followed by a flat second half […]

  • “In Flanders Fields” Peace Marathon – 11.9.16

    Race Report by Mylene Feeney Several weeks after my first marathon, I finally feel able to produce a race report ! This was the ‘Peace’ or ‘In Flanders Fields’ Marathon, held in Belgium in September. As the name and location suggest, this race is run for remembrance, to honour the fallen soldiers of WW1 and […]

  • Marlow Half-marathon – 6.11.16

    Race report by Dave Phillips. This event has many “firsts” about it. First it’s probably the toughest ½ in the UK as it goes all over, up and down the Chiltern Hills. It’s definitely the best organised and marshalled event anywhere. The medal and T Shirt come 1st in any collection. Plus it’s the first […]

  • MFRC Winter Handicap Race 1 – 06.11.16

    Today saw the first race in a series of 4 XC club races, that take place in Ten Shilling Wood in Coventry.  All Massey Running Club members are free to take part and this morning 44 runners completed the 3.12mile course. Sean Fox and Cathy Neeson ran away winners this month. To maintain the element […]

  • 34th Snowdonia Marathon – 29.10.16

    Race report by Dave Phillips. Well I’ve done some stupid things in my life but this was almost at the top. With a right knee waiting for its operation, plus I opted last week NOT to run the UK’s flattest marathon at Abingdon because of the knee what did I do last w/e? Go as […]

  • Beachy Head Marathon – 29.10.16

    This is the third time in a row that Mary and I have run this challenging and hilly trail marathon.  To be quiet honest the first time was enough for me as I hated it!  Last year, it was even worse…  So you may ask why I doing the same thing again? The reason is […]

  • Milford Mash Up 10K – 15.10.16

    Race Report by Richard Pearce Please click on the link below to see the blog written by Massey Member Richard, it includes a race report for the Milford Mash Up, plus other Massey runs. http://canrunwillrun.blogspot.co.uk/  

  • Illmington 10k (Race 1) – 23.10.16

    Race Report by Alison Lowe Having been intrigued by the Tempo Winter  race series and ‘that hill’ for a couple of years we decided to enter Illmington race  this year. The number of places was reduced from previous years and you had to enter all 5 races – so that took the decision away as […]

  • Gloucestershire XC League – Bourton-On-The-Water – 15.10.16

    Race Report by Martin Smith Gloucestershire Cross Country League – First Fixture – Bourton-On-The-Water – Saturday 15 October The Gloucestershire Cross Country League has four fixtures and is a good warm-up league for the Birmingham League/Midland Women’s League races. Entry is on the day and clubs are from Gloucestershire, Worcestershire, and Warwickshire (Kenilworth and Leamington […]

  • Bright10 10 – 16.10.16

    Race Report by Jonathan Kingston Although the weather report on the radio at 7am said that most of the country had a sunny morning,  Brighton was experiencing a wet, rainy and windy start. It was still raining on arriving at the front,  but by 8.30am we were brave enough to ditch the coats and bags […]

  • Henley-on-Thames Half-marathon – 9.10.16

    Race report by Dave Phillips (or should I say “half race report”)  This is a stunning event from Henley on Thames rugby club where 500 + did the half and 200+ the 10k. We left the club, ran through the town where semis and terraced houses cost >£1m each I reckon. Over the Thames and […]

  • Royal Parks Half-marathon – 9.10.16

    Race Report by Alison Lowe Having heard of another Massey complete this race last year I decided to enter the ballot and was lucky enough to get a place. It’s not cheap ( £55) but as I may only have the one chance I thought I would give it a go – especially as I’m […]

  • Bournemouth Half Marathon – 2.10.16

    Race Report by Kelvin Elliott I set myself a challenge in August that I wanted to do 4 Half Marathons in 7 weeks and I had completed Kenilworth and the Great North Run which were totally different and amazing experiences which had tested me both physically and mentally.            I traveled […]

  • Chester Marathon – 2.10.16

    Race report by Dave Phillips. What a fantastic w/e. We arrived at the Crown Plaza hotel at noon yesterday which is 5 mins walk from Chester’s fabulous racecourse which is the HQ of the 2 events. The other event also run today is the Chester Metro marathon over 26 Kms. So we popped down to […]

  • Pembrokeshire Half Marathon, Dale – 25.09.16

    Race Report by Dave Phillips This event together with the 10k just has to be one of the most spectacular events anywhere, not just because it’s in God’s own country Wales, but because of the views. Not to mention the severity of the half that puts it at the top of the “tough league”. The […]

  • Nottingham Marathon – 25.09.16

    Race Report by Dave Goodwin So on the eve of the Amsterdam marathon its only right to consider a long training run in the region of 20 miles? The popular view would be that to run a marathon properly then a long run 3 / 4 wks out would be the right thing to do. […]

  • Women’s Running 10k Birmingham – 18.9.16

    Race report by Alison Lowe Women’s’ Running magazine have been organising a women’s only 10km race series for a few years now with about 10 different runs around the country- nearly all of them in parks. My first 10km race was in May 2014 in Sutton Park which I really enjoyed so when I saw […]

  • Leamington 1 Hour Track Race – 18.9.16

    Race report by Dave Phillips This event started in 1976 and has been an annual event ever since. I first did it in the late ‘80s ( c8.5 miles) and have done them all since and now Massey’s  continue to flood the field. There is a limit of c25/30 runners that can enter because of […]

  • Great North Run – 11.9.16

    report by Kelvin Elliott When I found out earlier in the year that I had a ballot place for the Great North Run I was really excited by the prospect of running in the greatest half marathon and the London Marathon in the same year. After a tough run the week before at Kenilworth Half […]

  • The Big Apple 10k, Snitterfield – 11.9.16

    Race report by Dave Phillips. As I said in my race report last week this sounded so good that it had to be in preference to Stratford’s 10k a couple of miles down the road. Trouble is as it’s a charity event and low key it cannot be advertised as other races do. Plus 100% […]

  • Carfest South – 27.8.16

    Race Report by John Bennett Over the August Bank Holiday Weekend, we had a family outing to Hampshire for Carfest South. The festival is organised for BBC’s Children In Need and as part of the weekend, there was a 5km sponsored fun run (The Festival Dash!) starting at 10:10 on Saturday 27 August 2016. This […]

  • Wolverhampton Marathon – 4.9.16.

    Race report by Dave Phillips. This event started in 1983 and I did it then and have done every one since although there was a gap of about 4 years when it was not run. So why go back to run twice round Wolves year after year? Well Ross Cooper will say as it’s God’s […]

  • Another Welsh Bonanza – 27.8.16 & 28.8.16

    Race report by Dave Phillips. As always for the last week of August we go back to Penally in Pembs. Not just to do the lawns but there are 3 races in 2 days so it’s a “must have”. Mind you my knee is so bad that it was heavily strapped and I started ½ […]

  • Bad Cow Marathon – 20.08.16

    For our wedding anniversary, I decided to treat Mary to a weekend away at an idyllic retreat in Dorset with fantastic coastal views – However we weren’t at Holton Lee for a weekend of peaceful meditation and yoga but to run a trail marathon!  15 years ago to the day (Apparently according to Mary it […]

  • 2 weeks in Penally, Pembrokeshire, Wales.

    Race reports by Dave Phillips. It’s always a busy period with lawns, gardening, family, household duties and of course running the usual events down here. Despite the knee (X-rayed yesterday at Stratford hospital-no results yet) these races just had to be done even if I did wear my Pembrokeshire Harriers colours. When in Wales!!!!!!!!. 7.8.16 […]

  • 31st Swiss Alpine Events, Davos – 30.07.16

    Race report by Dave Phillips. This event started in 1985 and my 1st was in 1989 when there was just a 67k race (8.5 hrs plus usually and at 8300 ft. at the highest point in the Sertig Pass). Then they increased it to 78k (12+ hours then). Then thankfully they have introduced events at […]

  • Thunder Run, Catton Park – 23.7.16 & 24.7.16

    Race Report by Jenna Pogue 1 week after finishing the Conti Thunder Run 2016, I still feel exhausted! The race is a 24 hour, off-road relay at Catton Park, Derbyshire and 3000 runners took part either solo, in pairs or in teams of 5 to 8, camping on-site and completing 10k laps around the clock. I […]

  • Stratford Summer 6 – 23.7.16

    Stratford Summer 6, Mary Arden’s House, Wilmcote, Near Stratford. Race report by Dave Phillips. What a super venue at Shakespeare’s mum’s house ( just a 10 minute or so drive from our house-no connection) for this annual event. The weather was hot, the car parks full, the historic HQ was just buzzing with life and […]

  • The Wild One, Multi Lap Marathon, Worcester – 17.7.16

    Race Report by Dave Phillips I described this last year as probably one of the most brutal things I’ve done. It took me 6.19 last year when I was running on 2 legs, no stitches and without an almost dislocated shoulder. So at 0800 hrs at Worcester today with all the ailments God has thrown […]

  • Wales Marathon, Tenby – 10.7.16

    6th Wales Marathon, Tenby – 10/7/16.  Another Welsh Double. Race report by Dave Phillips. The Long Course week end in Tenby is a real cracker. For 6 years now I’ve tried to get the Red and Whites there but with no success. I have now done all the Wales marathons and what a joy it […]

  • 2nd Isoman Triathlon, Arrow Park, Redditch – 2.7.16

    Race report by Dave Phillips. This event is held in the huge Arrow Park between Studley and Redditch just 10 mins drive from home, and what a stunning location it is. Huge lakes, rivers, woods, open areas and paths and cycle ways everywhere. The swim (7.0, 3.5 and 1.75 miles) started at 0700 hrs. The […]

  • Milton Keynes 10k – 28.6.16

    Race Report by Martin Smith  The Milton Keynes 10k is organised by Marshall Milton Keynes Athletic Club and is the last in the East Midlands Grand Prix Series – 8 races at various venues with the first at Silverstone in early May. The MK 10k is based at the Open University site. It is always […]

  • 12th Shifnal Multi Terrain Steeplechase half marathon – 26.06.16.

    Race report by Dave Phillips. This was my 11th Shifnal and it must rate as one of the most pleasant events there is. Shifnal is a small Shropshire town between Telford and Whitchurch and ages ago horses were raced over the countryside from church to church thus the name Steeplechase. 12 years ago, Gareth Morgan […]

  • Man v Horse 2016 – Relay team – 11.6.16

    Man v’s Horse 2016 – Relay team (S to the N to the D) Race Report by Nicky Ellis The race itself is as the name suggests! You race against horses. It starts from outside a pub called ‘The Neuadd Arms hotel ‘ in a small town called Llanwrtyd Wells which is in Welsh Wales […]

  • Man v Horse 2016 – Individual – 11.6.16

    Man v Horse, 22 miles in the Cambrian Mountains, Llanwrtyd Wells, Powys – Sat 11.6.16. Race report by Dave Phillips. This is the hardest event I’ve ever done I reckon. Right now on Sunday morning I feel absolutely shattered. Could also be something to do with the 3 marathons in the last 3 weeks maybe?? […]

  • Rhein Ruhr Marathon, Duisburg, Germany – 5.6.16

    Race report by Dave Phillips. I said after last week’s Liverpool marathon that it rated as in the top 5 in the world. Well Duisburg is in the top 2 and that’s why I’ve done it for the last 13 years. Situated on the confluence of 2 of Germany’s mightiest rivers the Rhein and Ruhr, […]

  • Edinburgh Half-Marathon – 29.5.16

    Race report by Cathy Keay I had been considering this race for a long time, and I thought just book it and do it.  Both the full and half marathons have a reputation of being fast and flat, just what I wanted !  The half started early at 8am, with full starting at 9:50am. I […]

  • Rock and Roll Liverpool Marathon – 29.05.16

    Race report by Dave Phillips. This just has to among the top and best 5 marathons anywhere in the world. Trust me it is a fantastic event-despite the 10 minute delay at the start for a police incident. Mind you there was a similar happening on Saturday when Hannover  and Paradise streets were closed because […]

  • Rock ‘n’ Roll Liverpool Festival of Running – 28/29.5.16

    I think that this must be the first race report I have ever written sprawled across a hotel bed on a mobile phone. Following today’s jaunt around the City of Liverpool, I can barely hold the phone and tap on the touch scream but I am eager to share what is quickly becoming a bit […]

  • Harcourt Hill parkrun – 21.5.16

    Race Report by John Bennett I was a Park Run tourist on Saturday 21 May 2016, with my first visit to the Park Run at Harcourt Hill (http://www.parkrun.org.uk/harcourthill) which is on a University Campus south of Oxford. It is quite a good set up in that you can park in the University’s Sports Centre car […]

  • Worcester Full & Half Marathon – 22.5.16

    Race report by Dave Phillips. The HQ for this is the superb Worcester rugby club HQ at Sixways just off the M5. Huge car parks so no problems encountered. The Massey mob met up for the usual team photo at the start so it should go viral any time now. A huge gathering of runners […]

  • Grafman Triathlon (Middle Distance Tri) – 22.5.16

    For a quite well-educated man, I have decided that I really can be very stupid!  I think Mary has known this for some years.  Maybe that is how she lured me into marriage?  But taking part in the Grafman Triathlon really does show off my natural flair for the downright lunacy. Which is why I […]

  • Kingsbury Classic 10k – 10.5.16

    Race report by Dave Phillips. Well the 200 + or so including the 4 brave Massey runners could not have anticipated such foul conditions on what is usually a warm sunny evening late spring event. In fact on the stretches along the river it’s a tradition to keep your mouths shut, don’t talk and breath […]

  • Hereford Half Marathon – 08.05.16

    Race Report by Dave Phillips Well for the 2nd time in a week I went to the races. Last week at Uttoxeter race course and today at Hereford race course. Not a horse in sight mind you just loads of runners. Today there were 700 in the half and about as many in the 10k […]

  • Silverstone Grand Prix 10k – 04.05.16

    Race Report by David Goodwin As I left the sauna of the office and entered the relative oasis of air con in my car I glanced up to see the temperature hit 19 degrees. Aha, this is 5.15pm this can’t be right? It’s only like 3 days since we had the heating on full blast! […]

  • Dudley Kingswinford 10k – 04.05.16

    Race report by Dave Phillips. Affection ally known as the DKUK10K this for me was the 3rd hilly/undulating race in 4 days so job done ‘till the weekend. It’s a hugely popular event with >1,000 runners starting at the HQ at Dudley rugby club (where I also had a few tough encounters as a hooker […]

  • Uttoxeter Running Festival, Uttoxeter Racecourse – 01.05.16

    Race Report by David Phillips There was a half, 10k and fun run from the racecourse today so I joined the 270 in the half-what else would you expect? This is regarded as one of the toughest halves on the circuit and as an old hand at it I agree. It’s not just the 1st […]

  • MAYDAY 10km, Kenilworth – 02.05.16

    Some races get added into your race calendar automatically and start to become a habit.  Slowly the Kenilworth Killer is becoming one of these races for me.  I’ve written the race reports each time I entered, but this year I decided to let someone else help write the report.  So I volunteered Beth as she […]

  • London Marathon (Kelvin) – 24.04.16

    A beginner’s view of the London Marathon Race Report by Kelvin Elliott After many weeks of training and putting my body through the mill of running in Snow, Sleet and Torrential Rain, Gales and Sunshine and having a mixture of good and bad training runs my marathon weekend had arrived. After travelling down on Friday […]

  • London Marathon (Dave P) – 24.04.16

    Race report by Dave Phillips. What a huge event this was in all respects. Over 37,000 runners and quite simply hundreds of thousands lining the route from start to finish banked 4 or 5 deep on each side of the roads. Simply manic and if you did think of walking the crowds wouldn’t let you […]

  • ABP Southampton 10km – 24.04.16

    Race Report by Alison Lowe I won a place in this race by entering a Twitter competition (just retweeting a tweet) run by UK runchat.  As Southampton is my home town I thought it would be fun to run there – and the prize also included a free event hoodie and race vest. As I had […]

  • English National Road Relays – Sutton Park, 16.04.15

    Well done to the 12 men who represented Massey Ferguson in the English National Road Relays at Sutton Park on Saturday. Massey qualified for this competition for the first time in many years after finishing 18th in the Midlands race 2 weeks previously. The club has had a proud tradition of getting a team into this […]

  • Regency 10k, Leamington Spa – 17.04.16

    Race Report by Alison Lowe The morning dawned very bright, sunny – and frosty! – despite being the middle of April!  I had not run the Regency before – nor have I run the Leamington parkrun so was not really familiar with the course. I had done the cross country in November so knew what […]

  • Boston (Lincs) Marathon – 17.04.16.

    Race report by Dave Phillips. I felt lousy when I left home today at 0500 hrs today, worse when I arrived at Boston at 0730 hrs and like death warmed up on the start line at 0900 hrs with 160 full marathon and 150 half marathon runners. The last “Boston” was >20+ years ago so […]

  • Peopleton Scenic Six – 10.04.16

    Peopleton Scenic Six – 10.4.16. Race report by Dave Phillips. What a fantastic, stunning, superb, friendly but very hard 6 miler this was. Where ever is Peopleton I hear you ask? Well it’s on the old Stratford to Worcester road, through Inkeberrow  and turn left at the Coventry Arms then 2 miles down is a […]

  • Warwick Half Marathon – 03.04.16

    Race Report by Alison Lowe I hadn’t originally intended running this race as I had heard quite a few people last year saying they hadn’t enjoyed it. However, having decided not to do Ashby, I still wanted to do a long race so decided to enter Warwick and find out what it was like for […]

  • Midland 12 Stage Road Race Relays – 02.04.16

      Well done to the 21 guys who competed for Massey Ferguson in the Midland 12 Stage Road Relays at Sutton Park on Saturday. This fantastic event is a real highlight of the club road running calendar, with 64 teams from across the region competing to qualify for the National relays on the 16th April, against […]

  • 3 Peaks Trial 02.04.16

    3 Peaks Trial, Brecon Beacons, Abergavenny, Sat 2/4/16. ORGANISED BY: The Cardiff Outdoor Group and the Longtown Mountain Rescue Team.   Look at the spelling. It’s called a Trial (very appropriately) even if it is all on Trails. There are 4 distances in miles, 20 (Gold),17 (Platinum),15 (Silver) and 10 miles (Bronze) and it’s really […]

  • Teifi 10 – 27.3.16

    Teifi Easter Sunday 10 mile road race. Race report by Dave Phillips. Well what else would you do in Pembrokeshire for Easter day? Easy, pop up to Lampeter  in Cardiganshire about 50 miles from our place, head to Lampeter rugby club where Sarn Helen running club host their annual Easter race. Well that’s what 78 […]

  • Banbury 15 – 20.3.16

    Banbury 15, 20/03/16. Race report by Dave Phillips. Well they described this as a hard and hilly event but how wrong they were. It was very hard and extremely hilly and a real toughie. Hilly at Banbury? I hear you say. If you go down the M40 Banbury is on your right and very flat. […]

  • Heyford 10k – 20.3.16

    Heyford 10k Race Report by Vir Silio I was looking for a 10k different from the ones we did last year and I found this new event announced as ¨Get an insight into what went on ‘Behind the Wire’ at Oxfordshire’s most formidable Cold War Airbase¨. It was kind of easy to convince Jose to […]

  • Vitality North London Half Marathon – 20.03.16

    Race Report – by Cathy McKeown Geoff Sanders & Cathy McKeown took part in this Half Marathon taking in the iconic Wembley Stadium as the backdrop to the finish and the Allianz Park Stadium at the halfway mark. The day started off with huge queues at the baggage check-in desks – well some were quicker […]

  • Aldi Ashby 20 – 20.3.16

    With Mary unable to race Ashby this year but wanting to be part of the whole event, we both had an early start to get to Ashby to pitch the Gazebo on Bath Field and set up her Sports Massage couch before other Massey Runners arrived. The prime location and being the only club with […]

  • Silverstone Half Marathon – 13.3.16

    Silverstone Half Marathon – 13.3.16 report by Kelvin Elliott This Half Marathon was a bonus for me as I had a free entry for this race as I was running for the Brain and Spine Foundation in the London Marathon. I was given a place along with Nathan Bignall and Rachel Brock. As I journeyed […]

  • Raceways Races, Long Marston Airfield, Stratford – 12.03.16

    Marathon, half marathon, 10k and 5k events.  The official start for the marathon was 1000 hrs with the others starting at intervals just after. As I am a very considerate person  and I didn’t want to keep the officials hanging around too much, I opted for a 0800 hrs start with another chap from Reading […]

  • Rhayader Round the Lakes 20. Elan Valley, Powys. 05.03.2016

    Well what does one do with a clash of dates? Just sort it as I did. This race starts at 1300 hrs from Rhayader but the same evening we had sponsored a concert in St Mary’s Warwick with the Collegiate Choir and Meridian Sinfonia starting at 1930 hrs. This included Handel’s Coronation Anthems so you […]

  • Groundhog Day Marathon – 5.3.16

    When Mary saw last year’s medal with a cute Groundhog embossed on the front that she ‘must have!’  she must have realised how lucky she was to have a fantastic husband that buys marathons for her birthday presents.  Being a track based marathon, rushing between points to support her was going to be rather unnecessary […]

  • XC Nationals – Donnington Park 27.02.16

    Well done to the 8 men who represented Massey Ferguson at the English Cross Country National Championships at Donnington Park on Saturday. This is the traditional end of the cross country season, bringing together clubs from across England to compete in a field of runners that was nearly 1800 for the senior men’s race. The […]

  • Stratford 1st Park Run Saturday – 20.02.16

    450 turned out for Stratford’s 1st ever park run and what a great venue for the 3 lapper. Round the park, alongside the Avon, passing Shakespeare’s Theatre on the opposite bank then back to the start for the 3 lapper. Free coffee, cakes and goodies for everyone at the end so well done Stratford. Then a […]

  • Sleaford half marathon – 21.02.16

    Who would drive a couple of hours to perhaps the flattest, somewhat boring and most windswept part of the UK in Feb for a run? You’ve guessed it-me. Why? Why not I could reply-well actually because I was born there. So that sorts that. The race that has the fantastic RAF Cranwell as its base […]

  • Raceways Mad Dash 10k – 13.02.16

    report by Kelvin Elliott Once again it was time to start my racing year at Moreton Morrell College for the Mad Dash. I opted to do 10k this time as I arrived at the college it was very cold and the clouds were very grey. On the way to pick my number up I bumped […]

  • Watford Half Marathon 07.02.16

    Another early start to ensure a parking slot in Watford together with the 2000 runners. Fortunately having done all these since 1986? I know where to go so no problems. It was a cold start in Cassiobury Park where the huge marquee was the focal point for changing, bags, number collection etc. 2000+ seemed to […]

  • Lliswerry 8 miler, Newport Wales – 31.01.16

    What would a normal person do on his or her birthday on Sunday 31st Jan ’16? Get up later, go out for lunch or dinner, open the cards and pressies, have more than a few drinks or go to Llyswerry? Well a bit of a no brainer really so I drove the 2 hour journey […]

  • Illmington 10k Series Race 4 – 24.01.16

    This time  the 319 runners did the clockwise route that most think is the harder way round. Certainly took me longer and some say as the start and “round the village route” is different, that it is also longer than 10k and also longer than the anti-clockwise route. Not sure on that. Anyway 15 Massey […]

  • 3rd Midland Women’s League XC Fixture, Gloucester – 16.01.16

    Our enthusiastic coach arrived just after 1pm ready to get on the start line, the ladies exited the coach first as their race started at 1:30pm Changing and toilet facilities were basic but good, marshals were a plenty and the atmosphere was buzzing, time for a quick warm up and head to the start line. […]

  • Birmingham League XC, Mens Race 3, Gloucester – 16.01.16

    Finally some wintry weather arrived to make January feel seasonal in time for the 3rd race of the Birmingham League. Most of the Massey ladies and men took the coach down to Gloucester as we shared a race venue for a 3rd time this season, and the driver was kind enough to help acclimatise us to the […]

  • Not the Roman 1X – 17.01.16

    Stratford-Upon-Avon. 12k Road race (c7.5m).  As usual this was a sell out and on the day there were 660 finishers so well done Stratford. Around 20+ Massey guys and gals ventured forth on a very cold morning with snow greeting some us as we drove over. Nice one there I thought. The course is a toughie […]

  • Warwickshire XC Champs – B’ham Sat 09.01.16

    So the magnificent Massey 9 made it safely to Smethwick yesterday (a collector’s item by many accounts) for the joint event with Worcestershire. There had been races since 1100 hrs with U13s and upwards taking part all the time until the men started their 10000m run at 1430 hrs. The race before ours was the ladies’ event […]

  • Centurion Grand Prix Series. 5 miler – 03.01.16

    This was the 3rd in the series of 6 races and as usual it was a full field with the usual local clubs taking part. Masseys noticeably absent as is usual on these events-not too sure why. Hangovers? Well believe it or not Chelmsley Wood – for all its dodgy reputation (the Wood End of South […]

  • Illmington “very hilly” 10k – 27.12.15

    Where else would 350+“ normal” people” go 2 days after Christmas? Anywhere-probably the pub – but not where this lot went this morning in the floods, rain, mist, wind plus hills just for a fun run! So as usual this event was fully subscribed with parking all over the village. In fact the organisers said […]

  • Christmas Day 3.2 mile race, Warwick – 25.12.15

    Well the usual faces turned up for the 40th??? (no one was quite sure) 25/12 event. It always starts from a pub but over the years 4 have been knocked down/closed/built on but the current 5th looks certain for years to come. For the last 3 years the New Bowling Green Tavern backing onto St […]

  • Wolverhampton 5 mile Turkey Trot – 20.12.15

    The usual 300+ turned up for the annual trip round God’s Own Town (that is according to Ross Cooper. Not a very good choice God however). But to be fair it did go through the suburbs and was a good event. It took place where 3 of us from Masseys did the Midlands 7m XC […]

  • Sneyd Strider Christmas Pudding Run 13th December

    As I sat comfortably in my dry warm car, letting the biro dry on the back of my race number, I looked out over the carpark through the heavy drizzle back towards Olivias snack bar.  The delicious smell of sizzling bacon still tickling my olfactory senses, I wondered why I was thinking about running on […]

  • Wimbledon Common 5 mile XC 12.12.15

    Thames Hare & Hounds 64th Alumni Race, Wimbledon Common Sat 12/12/15 1430 hs. This annual event on Wimbledon Common lived up to its reputation as a really tough 5 mile cross country event. So the train from Warwick Parkway at 1015 to Marylebone, underground to Putney Bridge (start of the Boat Race), then bus 85 to the TH&H […]

  • 2nd Midland Women’s League XC Fixture, Cofton Park – 05.12.15

    18 Ladies tackled the second race of the XC season.  It was a very blustery day, but at least it was dry and there was no ditch to jump into like Newbold Comyn, although there were hills, but this also meant downhills !!! We all got ready in the hedge, sheltering in between two other […]

  • Birmingham League XC Race 2, Cofton Park – 05.12.15

    Travelling to Cofton Park on Saturday lunch time I commented to experienced kite-surfer Tony Hoy that it would be a better day for that type of activity than cross-country running. When he responded that it was in fact far too gusty for kite-surfing I knew we would be in for a challenging afternoon! I always […]

  • Las Vegas Marathon & Half Marathon – 15.11.15

    A first timer’s half marathon! (Race report)‏ by Jenna Pogue I’m often quoted as saying I’d never run more than 5k so when I went online to book a 10k and ended up booking the Las Vegas half marathon, it was a surprise! With 11 Massey mates and an array of guide books, we made great preparations […]

  • Coombe Abbey 8 mile XC – 27.11.15

    Well done to Coventry’s 2nd best club for hosting this great event. Superb from start to finish but next year Sphinx please sort out that wind. As usual the race (race??) was a sell out but what a killer it was. The 1st half took us through beautiful woods, down by the lake (where I went fishing […]

  • Midland Counties XC Championships – 21.11.15

    Aldersley Leisure Village in Wolverhampton was the superb venue for this year’s 5 and 7 mile event. The 7 miler started at 1400 hrs with the ladies’ 5 mile race starting at 1300 hrs. We had one lady Rebecca Raper in the 5 miler and 3 men to fly the Red and White flag-Ross, Simon and me. It’s a strange thing but this is the top […]

  • Elan Valley 10 – 22.11.15

    Running in Rhayader Inspired by the Massey league table when I joined earlier this year, I decided to try and complete all the distances in my first year, that meant completing several running firsts . . . I’d done a 5k, 5m and a half before, so that ‘only’ left doing my first Marathon, 10k […]

  • Cornish marathon – 15.10.15

    If you ask any normal person where is the last place to go to in mid-November, he or she would say (without fear of controversy) Bodmin Moor, Cornwall. So where was I with 350 others yesterday at 1000 hrs? On the start line at Pensilva for the start of the Beast of Bodmin, also called […]

  • 1st Midland Women’s League XC Fixture – 07.11.2015

    Twelve Massey ladies turned out for the first race of the Midland Women’s Cross Country League at Newbold Comyn on Saturday.  After a few admin issues with race numbers we were all set to go and trotted off to the start line on the football pitches.  There was a huge turnout from other local clubs […]

  • 1st Birmingham League XC Fixture – 07.11.2015

      As the heavy rain fell towards the end of last week, and particularly all of Saturday morning, we knew we were in for damp and muddy conditions for the first Birmingham League Cross Country fixture of the season. Would we have it any other way? Probably, given the opportunity, but it’s the same for […]

  • Venice Marathon – 25.10.15

    Venice is a stunningly attractive city and well deserving of its World Heritage status. If you want to see this Italian treasure in all its glory then running the Venice Marathon is a unique way to do so and one which gives you the privilege of running over fourteen of the city’s bridges and gives […]

  • Bristol and Bath Marathon 25.10.15

    Lesley Keighley and I signed up for this new event very early this year, and figured it would be a good weekend away and a good training run for me for the upcoming Las Vegas Marathon. Having got to 18 rather than 20 miles in training and not done much in the last 4 weeks […]

  • Marlow Half marathon – 01.11.15

    This was different this year as there was also a 7 mile event in conjunction with it and a slightly different new course in parts for the half. But what a killer this event was for my 327th half. Most rate it in the top 3 toughest UK halves and I agree. The trouble is […]

  • Dusk til Dawn – Ultra/Marathon/ ½ – 31.10.15

    Signing up for a Marathon so close after Beachy Head was never the plan, but as you all know standing round after a parkrun chatting is a dangerous thing! I should have realised that when it is Dave Fawkner doing the talking it would be very dangerous! I have been on a race before that […]

  • 33rd Snowdonia marathon – Sat 24.10.15

    What an event for the 2,700 who had registered including the Quartet from Massey. But what weather-nothing abnormal up here mind you in my 28 years of running this. There was rain, more rain, winds in all directions-usually into your face so the going was tough. In fact the start area looked like a plastic […]

  • Abingdon Marathon – 18.10.15

    1200 had signed up for this way back in April and it was full within a few days. However only c750 were on the start line on the track at Tisley Track today. So as it was officially a 5 hr time limit event, most of the 1200 (and the 750) would have been sub […]

  • Amsterdam Marathon 18.10.2015

    It was a great course for a marathon, really flat and generally good under foot (no proper cobbles!) and quite pretty! The start is in the Olympic stadium from the 1928 games and was awesome but getting to the start in the morning was manic as the great system of trams aren’t working near the […]

  • Great Birmingham Half Marathon 18.10.2015

    As I arrived with Eunice at Tile Hill Station meeting up with Darren, Chris, Leon, Richard and his support crew Amanda and daughter we headed off to New Street. I was feeling the very nervous about doing this race as this was going to be my biggest half marathon so far with amount of runners […]

  • Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon 11.10.15

    The website described this as: AN AMAZING EXPERIENCE – In 2008 we created a spectacular Half Marathon in central London – the first and only one of its kind. The stunning 13.1 mile route takes in the capital’s world-famous landmarks on closed roads, and four of London’s eight Royal Parks – Hyde Park, The Green Park, St […]

  • Henley on Thames half marathon – 11.10.15

    What a superb event run in true millionaire’s county. Starting at the Henley rugby club with superb facilities, bars, cafes, food etc and all open from early morning, around 2,500 runners lined up for the 10k and half-each on different routes. The half took us through the town, over the Thames and onto lanes that followed the […]

  • Chester Marathon 04.10.15

    This event has to be in the top 3 in the UK. Organisation, venue, course, marshals, closed roads, views, scenery, countryside were all of a 10/10 score. Then the final mile finish back in the town along the river esplanade with cafes, pubs, boats, huge crowds made the whole event just stunning. It all started on […]

  • Cheltenham Half Marathon – 27.9.15

    An early rise for this one traveling down for a 9am start wasn’t the best beginning to a Sunday race day and it was a bit fresh in the race village before hand also. However looking at the weather forecast for later in the morning it was always going to be vest and shorts unlike some that […]

  • Pembrokeshire half marathon, Dale, 27.09.15 + other events

    Well what a fantastic week end. We went down to Penally on Thursday and it was Arts Festival week in Tenby. On Thursday at St Mary’s church it was the Tenby Male Choir concert and as usual I joined them as a guest for the final numbers this time featuring Men of Harlech. You can […]

  • Severn Bridges 10k – 20.09.15

    There seemed to be some disagreement about whether this was Seven bridges or Severn bridges. So in the spirit of scientific enquiry I decided to count them as I ran round, unfortunately lost count and does going over and back on the same bridge count as 1 or 2 anyway? For those of you still […]

  • Hereford Festival of Sport, 19/20.09.15 Cycling, running and walking etc.

    Well all of you in Massey and Pembrokeshire Harriers who had “threatened” to turn up, you missed a fabulous w/e. Sports, festivities, bars, food stalls, cider wagons, cakes, music, charity stalls, dancing etc. You name it and it was there at King George V playing Fields on the bank of the river Wye opposite the […]

  • 20th Ashbourne Half Marathon 13.09.15

    Remember the old Gerry Lee Lewis song “you leave me breathless-ah”. Well Gerry and Ashbourne have a lot in common. About 170 of us lined up on the recreation field in Ashbourne which is in the Peak District National Park. I’ve done this c12 times now so I should have known better but the 1st mile is all uphill. […]

  • Bacchus Marathon 13.9.15

    Dave and I travelled to the vineyards of Surrey to take part in this ‘Medoc’ inspired marathon. It consisted of 15 wine stops – at each you can have a shot of wine, nibbles and friendly chat. The wines were from the area and included Bacchus, Juniper Hill, Surrey Gold, Chalk Ridge Rose and some […]

  • Kenilworth Half Marathon 06.09.2015

    As I arrived at the sports centre I was very nervous thinking had I done enough training to get me through the 13.2 mile course which I knew was going to test my endurance as I had previously done this race before. It was good to see so many familiar Massey faces as I arrived […]

  • Wolverhampton Marathon – 06.09.15

    They called this the 3H marathon. Why? I hear you ask. H is for Hot and H is for Hilly. That’s only 2Hs isn’t it? Yes but it’s a 2 lapper and with 7 hills in the last 5 miles of each lap that makes 14 hills in addition to those in the first part […]

  • Kenilworth Half marathon 06.09.15

    43 Massey runners took part in this very popular Half Marathon, and we were blessed with some early September sunshine and a bearable 16-18 degrees temperature. This was my first Kenilworth half marathon so I was a looking forward to running along some new routes and seeing if I could perhaps beat my previous half […]

  • Another Welsh Trilogy

    Or was it a Pentathlon or Quintet? Sat 22/8/15. National Trust Colby Woodland Gardens 5k, Amroth, Pembs. As usual in Wales for the start of our hols in Pembrokeshire it peed with rain at the start of this super Park Run over 3 laps of the grounds, woods and gardens of this wonderful place. Trouble […]

  • Leamington 1hr Track race 02.09.15

    Well there isn’t too much you can say about the terrain, hills, surface, distance or in fact anything as the whole event was a series of as many 400 mtr laps of the track you could do in an hour. So 10 red and whites lined up for the gun start with very strict instructions. […]

  • C2C Ultra 28.08.15

    The coast to coast 140 mile ultra was the biggest highlight of 2014, so when Anne-Marie and Dave volunteered to crew for a repeat performance this year, my entry form was immediately emailed before they could change their mind! This also meant Lee could finally join the party and see me take part in such […]

  • Draycote Water 10k 09.08.15

    Today’s race was Part 2 of my 10k endurance weekend. As I arrived at Draycote Water I was looking forward to doing this course I was hoping that I hadn’t used up all my energy on the previous day doing the Schools Out 10k. There was a big difference in the weather from the day […]

  • School’s Out 10k – Moreton Morrell 08.08.15

    As I arrived at Moreton Morrell College I was in in full anticipation of what this race was going to be like as I was about to embark on 2 10k runs over the weekend. I was familiar with this course as I have done this race before over previous years. It was good to […]

  • Stourbridge Stumble 08.08.15

    Around 200 turned up for this popular 10k (approx) but very tough multi terrain event and it lived up to its name in that you could stumble on every inch of the run. I registered on the night and the Stoubridge RC official who gave me my number said “I remember you. I ran loads of […]

  • A Welsh Trilogy!

    Well fresh from the Swiss Alps and the Alpine marathon last week, what better place to go to finish our hols than in our Pembrokeshire pad in Penally for a few days. And what a few days it was with gardening, agricultural shows, running a plenty and The Choir.   Saturday 1/8/15 Colby Woodland Gardens 5k.  This is a […]

  • 30th Swiss Alpine Marathon 25.07.15

    S42k, Davos, Switzerland Welcome to what they call Europe’s toughest marathon. And I agree. This was a special year in Davos to celebrate the 30thrunning of the events. It started in 1986 when there was just a mere 67k and I did several of these starting in 1989, and last week end was my 23rd Alpine event. […]

  • Lunar-Tic Marathon – 25-26th July.

    If I wrote this report last night, it would have been my last race report ever!  As this race finished me before I finished the race.  At 2am I swore off running forever! From the start this was billed as a different trail marathon with the requirements to have a head torch, spare batteries, fully […]

  • DORSET INVADER – 18.07.15

    Let’s start by saying this is by far my favourite race of all time, what’s not to like: hills, men in togas, alcohol, food, aeroplanes, singing and plenty of laughs. The buzz before the race was fab, a lot of the runners had camped the night before and were awoken with the Beatles blaring out […]

  • The Wild One: Multi lap trail marathon, Worcester. Sun 19.7.15

    So named after my friend for many years Stuart Wild who died 4 years ago a short while after doing his 100th marathon at Snowdon and where I presented him with his 100 Marathon Club 100 medal. Stuart ran for Black Pear joggers and before them he was with Worcester AC. So this run is […]

  • Rugby Half Marathon 12.07.15

    Following the “steady paced” run with Leon round the Northbrook 10k course last Wednesday night in training I felt justified in leaving the big WRRL fixture of the day behind to try something new. Of course I am not troubling the score sheet on the WRRL points table, but in our position of hosting the […]

  • Timberhonger 10k, Bromsgrove, Sat 11/7/15 1800 hrs.

    This annual event takes place from the park where the Bromsgrove festival, fete, fair etc is held and where hundreds of people gather for the fun, frolic, music, beer and cider and kids races. But beware, it is as tough a 10k as here is anywhere because all roads around here just go up and […]

  • Long Course Weekend and Wales marathon, Tenby – 05.07.15

    Wow what a cracking w/e was had by the 2,000+ contestants and c20, 000 spectators, families and friends who descend on Tenby for this spectacular. In fact I reckon that next year’s annual match with Pembrokeshire Harriers should be at Tenby. Why do I hear you ask? Because on the Friday evening there’s a 1.2 […]

  • Coombe festival of running 28.06.15

    Six Massey members took part in this event. It was a multi lap event based on your choice of distance. 10k was 3 laps. Half Marathon 6 laps. Full Marathon  12 laps. It was described as a trail run within the grounds of Coombe Abbey. A perfect setting for a summer event. Sheila and myself thought […]

  • Edinburgh Marathon 31.5.15 & Claim to fame!

      My run began at the Robert Burns Monument on Regent Road. Behind the monument I could see Arthur’s Seat in the distance. Mercifully the torrential rain we had been warned about had not materialised but it was still very windy and I worried a little at the thought of it battering the coast line […]

  • Malvern half marathon – 21.06.15

    This very pleasant event takes place from the 3 Counties Showground at Malvern and heads off into the country towards Upton on Seven as opposed to up and over the hills so it’s relatively flat. I met up with Massey colleagues and regular Malvern runners Jonathan and Katie Kingston + dog (non running, and then Ruth Mahon […]

  • Liverpool Marathon 14.06.15

    Wow what a huge event this was. Absolutely fantastic with around 12,000 taking place in the half and full and the 6k on Saturday. Sheer bedlam on Sunday as thousands lined up in their 16 Corrals/Pens to be released at minute intervals in the half starting at 0900 hrs. Then in 8 Corrals for the […]

  • Rhein-Ruhr Half – DUISBURG, GERMANY – 07.06.15

    Race Report by Michaela Eyley Thanks toDave Phillips and our friend Astrid, Rob and I both entered this race for the first time. It was our first half “abroad” and it has not been any more exotic for us than Germany, but it was really worth travelling back to the Vaterland for this. We arrived […]

  • 32nd Rhein-Ruhr Marathon, Duisburg, Germany – 07.06.15

    So for the 12th successive year we came to this great event and this time accompanied by Rob and Michaela Eyley who both did the half-read their report separately. It’s a hugely popular event with Hand bike marathon (where you lie down on your back on the horizontal bike), Inline marathon (on roller blades), wheel chair […]

  • Comrades Ultra Marathon South Africa – 31.05.15

    With less than 10 mins to spare and 11 hours 50 minutes after the starting gun I crossed the Comrades finish line before the final cutoff securing my Vic Clapham medal. I am so proud to have finished the race known in South Africa as the Ultimate Human Endurance race and the oldest and largest […]

  • Outlaw Half – Nottingham, 31.05.15

      Just in case anyone doesn’t know, yes the Outlaw Half is a Half Marathon but at the end of a 1.2mile swim and a 56mile bike ride!  A middle distance or 70.3 (Add the distances together!) triathlon. The build-up for this race started last year, when Stuart and I talked about doing this well-known […]

  • Moonlight Half Marathon Venice – 23.05.15

    Venice has been one of the places on my wish list to visit for a long time. We booked for 4 days over the bank holiday weekend and looked forward to our weekend away. On hearing that Leon and Judgy were doing the October Marathon, I had a look to see if any running events […]

  • Go Tri – Race 1

    This Thursday saw the first Go Tri event of this seasons OW swimming at Cliff Lake Water Park near Kingsbury. Last year for each race I talked a new Massey runner into giving Go Tri a try! This race was no exception with Anna and Virginia taking the plunge with Cathy having her second go. […]

  • Whitsun Welsh Weekend Double

    Sat 23/6. Colby Woodland Gardens 5k near Amroth, Pembrokeshire. This is an amazing Park Run held in the beautiful National Trust grounds and woodlands of Colby Manor that is just off the coast at Amroth. All off road this 3 lapper has 2 hills per lap but the scenery is stunning as we ran through […]

  • The Apocalypse 100

    The Apocalypse was never going to be easy, but the thought of pacing the first half for Amy (Northbrook) and Hamilton (Sphinx) made it more of a relaxing journey. Or at least that’s how my head was programmed before the race began! I was also meeting Krasse, my Bulgarian ultra running friend who was to […]

  • 30th Black Mountains Challenge, 30 mile 16.05.15

    It was with trepidation that I left home at 0500 hrs for the 2 hr drive to Llanthony Priory in the heart of the Blackies near Abergavenny. This event is without doubt the toughest imaginable (worse than the Jungfrau, Eiger, Swiss Alpine and appropriately even the full 100 Hilly Hundred –all of which for some stupid […]

  • Rugby 6 mile road race. 13.05.15

    I was looking forward to doing this race once again I was full of anticipation of how this run was going to go and challenge myself once again on this course. The weather was kind with lovely evening sunshine and a light wind.  The race didn’t start to 7.45pm so I arrived early and got […]

  • 15th Kingsbury Classic 10k 12.05.15

    Described as a picturesque multi-terrain race of approximately 10kms, run on woodland paths, trails and paths around the lakes & pools of the water park. And it was exactly this and on a fabulously warm and sunny evening. Around 120 runners took part with the usual Massey contingent (5 of us) and as usual the […]

  • Market Bosworth Half 10.05.15

    I had originally decided to do the Hereford ½ but then I saw in R/World the Bosworth ½. As I’d never run there before I decided to change my plans. Then as I approached the Water Trust Lakes at the HQ I realised that I had done the Hinckley Half here 2 years ago (with loads of Massey runners) but the […]

  • Market Drayton 10km 10th May 2015

    Run, run as fast as you can, you can’t catch me I am the gingerbread man!  No need to catch him, he is on your medal and in the goody bag! After seeing Anne-Marie and Dave’s stash of goodies from last years race – Mary was keen to race this year – got to love […]

  • Dudley Kingswinford 10k 06.05.15

    As usual around 1,000 assembled at the Rugby Club for this annual event that claims to be the biggest evening road race in the Midlands. That’s why all the roads are closed for this event that goes along lovely country lanes from the rugby club and no where near Dudley itself. Phew what a relief. Met a mate […]

  • Kenilworth Runners MAYDAY 10k 04 .05.15

    It feels a bit of déjà vu writing a race report on The May Day 10km as I did the same race last year, I had planned on changing the date and submitting the same report, but my amazing proof reader and censor Mary wouldn’t let me, saying, ‘That would be bloody cheating you can’t […]

  • Bilton Grange – Superflytri 03.05.15

    I needed an early season triathlon for a decent price to practise my transitions so I signed up for this local race.  For once I had support crew in tow – Mary – as the previous day I found out that due to the number in the field they would be using manual timing – […]

  • Milton Keynes Half Marathon 04.05.15

    Back in 2009 at my 1st half I had a charity place with the National Autistic Society at the Great North Run & I remember getting to South Shields in a right state. I think the longest training run I had done was 10k and the trainers I wore were chosen by me on the […]

  • Kenilworth May Day 10k (Killer)

    May the forth be with you as we endured the Kenilworth Killer at Abbey Fields. This race is a 3 lap course around Abbey Fields which is very hilly and undulating course which saps the energy out of you by even looking at the course. As I arrived and registered for the race which I […]

  • Abbey Fields 10k 04.05.15

    This popular May Day Bank Holiday event attracted loads of people for the several events that Kenilworth Runners staged including races for kids. So well done Ken. Keeps the kids and adults off the streets anyway. The 10k is a 3 lapper and with 3 tough hills per lap the maths is simple. In my […]

  • Madrid Half Marathon 26.04.15

    The reject letter from VLM, the temptation of cheap flights, and the thought of some Spanish sunshine meant that 12 of us signed up late last year for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Madrid Half Marathon. Half of the party travelled out on the Friday morning, we chose to travel on the Saturday and headed straight […]

  • London Marathon – video blog by Anne-Marie

    “Having suffered with plantar fasciitis over the last 4 months, my journey towards the Virgin Money London Marathon was one full of worry, pain and longer periods of rest than I would have liked! After many physio sessions and various stretches to complete on a daily basis, I made it to the start line in […]

  • Uttoxeter Half Marathon 03.05.15

    As I left home at 0730 in torrential rain a simple question crossed my mind and you don’t have to be a Mensa type to have got the right answer. Should I have stayed in bed? Answer “yes”. Anyway needs must and as it was my 320 th half how could I turn back? Easily was […]

  • Malvern Hills ultra 03.05.15

    The Malvern Hills Ultra is an excellent out and back race covering 26 miles in each direction. My role on this was to guide a group of runners to their goal of around 11 hours, although this didn’t exactly go to plan! The race had a new start this year and the maps given had […]

  • Blackpool Half Marathon 26.04.15

    Now where could you go to do a race and get “frostbite and sunburn all in one race”? Of course Blackpool! This was my second time there. 2003 I took part when it was staged in June on a day when the mercury hit 85 degrees! So late April I thought be a nice spring day […]

  • London Marathon 26.04.15

    Well 450 not out for fulls is the official score on what was a superb day even if a tad cool. I’ve done about 25 Londons and by far this was the noisiest, best attended and with the largest crowds I’ve ever seen anywhere. They were up to 5 deep on every yard of the route screaming […]

  • Llanelli Great Welsh Marathon and Half-Marathon 19.04.15

    After running a Coventry Way Challenge last Sunday I knew that I shouldn’t race at least for a couple of weeks and rather have some rest and light training. But as I had some time off work I decided to visit my friend who moved from London to Swansea. And as it is quite a […]

  • The Coventry Way 12.04.15

    Tony and I set off at 5:45 it seemed lighter than it did last year and warmer. The walk from Meriden to the Greenaway went well and we stripped off our outer layers ready to jog the next part. On the Greenaway we overtook several walkers arrived at the first checkpoint in Kenilworth completing the […]

  • Paris Marathon 11.04.15

    Paris Breakfast Run Runners from all over the world come together in matching t-shirts holding flags from their corresponding countries. Dave managed to find my friends Jodie and Jamie in amongst the thousands of runners (under the instruction to look out for a small blonde girl). So we all ran together, although running is an […]

  • Worcester Marathon 12.04.15

    A superb venue at the Worcester Warriors Rugby ground at Sixways just off the M5 but from there things got worse. I did christen a new pair of running shoes so at least their baptism got them to know the distance. They survived so well done you two. 300 runners took part-1000 in the half […]

  • Massey Easter 5 – 05.04.15

    Two days after the race and as yet no one has written a race report! Why not? Because anyone in Massey Ferguson RC that was in the area was involved in the Massey Easter 5 race. And what a fantastic race it was… the organising team even remember to book perfect racing weather; sun shining […]

  • Good Friday Marathon Stratford 03.04.15

    Daniel bought me two marathon entries for my Christmas Present (just before midnight on Christmas Eve, talk about last minute), as I made a little fuss that he got into London and I didn’t; this was his consolation present to me. This was no big city marathon, but one he found on the 100 Marathon […]

  • Resolution Run 5k/10k/15k 29.03.15

    My worry about the London Marathon, apart from hydration… or nutrition… what to wear… the weather… the distance…  Actually on my list of worries about is pacing!  I start off with great intentions but the moment the claxon starts and runners start I am like a Stallion in a stampede – all my plans and […]

  • Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains 20 mile Three Peaks Trial Challenge 28.03.15

    Abergavenny – Saturday 28th March 2015 No it’s not a spelling mistake-this event is a called a Trial and that’s exactly what it was yesterday. Without doubt the most brutal, difficult and energy sapping event I’ve ever done. Nearly pulled out twice! Only nearly mind you. It is of course also a Trail run because of the […]

  • BHF Warwick Half-Marathon 22.3.15

    This local half has been running for the past couple of years, and each year the reviews have been getting better, so I thought I’d give it a go ! The website described the route as:- an undulating town and country route, giving runners a view of the stunning surrounding countryside. The general census of […]

  • Aldi Ashby 20 – 22.03.15

    As lots of marathon training plans call for a long 20mile run a few weeks before the big day, Ashby falls perfectly for Spring Marathons, so for some it is a race but for others it is a supported Training run, with time to try out race day nutrition and pacing. So a good haul […]

  • Fradley 10k 15.3.15

    On a dull and pretty cold morning I joined one other Massey runner, Peter Paprcka, for my first race of 2015 – the 10k at Fradley near Lichfield. We were ably supported in this by the presence of Dominic Lenehan, who’s shouts of encouragement were very much appreciated. He did also point out that Peter […]

  • Stratford Raceways Marathon, Long Marston Airfield, 14.03.15

    I had a ‘phone call on Thursday from the organisers saying that I’d put my estimated time at 5.25 but there was a 5 hr time limit. Did I want to change to the half she asked? Wow what a stupid question. So I asked her if I could start early and she said “yes […]

  • Spring Shakespeare Runs – 14.3.15

     5k, 10k, half-marathon and Marathon On a cold, dull and windy Saturday morning a huddle of Massey’s runners met to run a variety of laps around the Long Marston Airfield. I’d never run this race before, I knew it would be flat, but also knew that a good time would be down to “Mother Nature” […]

  • Draycote Water 10 mile 08.03.15

    Having done a 3 lap training run round Draycote Water 2 weeks ago in preparation for Coventry Half Marathon I decided to enter this race late last week.  The course was a 2 lap loop plus a little bit extra to make up for the fact that each loop was only 4.7 miles. After picking […]

  • Rhayader Round The Lakes 20 miler 07.03.15

    When you come to the beautiful Elan Valley in mid Powys you know by the hills and terrain that a daunting prospect awaits you. That’s maybe why I’ve done 26 out of the 31 events. “Much of the run passes through exposed and remote areas with severe hills, so bring suitable clothing in case of […]

  • The Green Man Ultra 07.03.15

    The Green Man ultra is a 45 mile lap around Bristol. This was to be a new challenge as I was part of the team trying to ensure a smoothly ran race. My role was simply to run the course in 11 hours, a Time Lord, whilst guiding and encouraging anyone who wanted to join […]

  • Sleaford Half Marathon 22.02.15

    If anyone tells you that Lincs is flat everywhere, then just escort him or her round this 13 miler especially the non-stop uphill drag from 6-9 miles with a head on wind so strong and cold that forward motion was a “collector’s item”. In fact you could lean at 45 degrees into the viscous wind […]

  • Ilmington 10k series 2015

    Illmington 10k. Race 5 and final event in the Tempo Series on 15/02/15. A Damn Near Thing. Possibly the fullest event of the series but not too surprising as those who had done all 5 got their Hoodies after the event-in addition to the usual sausages for all finishers. A Welsh variety today so OK […]

  • Watford Half Marathon 31.01.15

    Approx 1800 runners assembled in the huge marquee on Cassiobury Park near the centre of Watford on a very cold morning to collect their numbers, deposit bags, meet colleagues etc. Then I met Dave Goodwin and Anne-Marie and a mob from Sphinx wrapped in dustbin liners to keep warm. Or to keep the rubbish in? […]

  • Peddars Way Ultra 31/.01.15

    The Peddars Way is a cracking 48 mile trail that takes you from Suffolk pretty much due North until you have crossed Norfolk and reached the coastline. We had a chilly start, but knowing how much I overheat I opted for shorts, base layer, tshirt, jacket, hat and gloves. I felt a little out of […]

  • Ilmington 10k, 25.01.15

    Well what a turnout by the R&Ws-more than from any other club and as full a field as I’ve ever seen at this event. 11 Massey brave souls assembled on the start line for the “clockwise” version in race 4 of the 5 set series. For me it was the 1st time this way round […]

  • Wilmot Wander Ultra – 32 miles

    Tackling my first ultra I didn’t know what to expect. Yes, I’ve done marathons, but the ultra is a completely different being!! To start with it’s a lot more relaxed, the people within the scout hut were happy, chatty and calm, there was none of the usual nervous runners checking their Garmins and rearranging the […]

  • NTRiX (Not The Roman iX) – 18.01.15

    Last year due to a blister the size of my foot I stood at the start line to wave off Mary and the rest Massey Runners; as they ran I ate Bacon Butties. After I cheered them all home and saw them standing in technical T-Shirts I had to listens to tales of how hilly […]