Let me start by saying that 99.9% of my experiences at running events has been nothing but brilliant. From grass roots club events through to the slick, shiny machine that is London Marathon, the UK has some incredible running events of all sizes on all surfaces, organised by some fantastic people.
In late 2018, Salomon mountain sports athlete Kilian Jornet embarked on a frenetic world media tour that touched down in Asia, the United States and multiple cities in Europe, with cameras following him every step of the way.
London Marathon race organisers have done it again. This year’s match-up between Kenyan trailblazer Eliud Kipchoge and Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele has all the ingredients to make London 2020 the greatest marathon of all time.
Since the turn of the year, I have found my interest drawn back to the world of fell running. Of course, the catalyst for this has been Richard Askwith’s remarkable Feet in the Clouds, the definitive read for the sport.
Stockholm with 17,000 entrants might not be the biggest of international marathons but it ranks right up there with the best of them. The late May date means the city is enjoying 20 hours of daylight so huge Nordic skies combine with Stockholm's dramatic archipelago setting to create a very special running occasion.
After a year that saw the emphatic pushing of the reset button for marathon running, what will 2020 bring? It’s an Olympic year and running events will feature strongly as the blue riband occasions of the Tokyo Games.
Are you dreaming of a White Christmas? Who doesn’t love the sprinkling of some snowflakes and a brilliant white outlook on Christmas morning? Most of us probably have an Uncle Scrooge who immediately springs to mind. But for the rest of us, it’s the perfect decoration for the season.
As the end of the year approaches, both the festive and the awards seasons are upon us. The Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year, the Ballon d’Or and of course BBC’s ever contentious SPOTY are debated, cogitated and digested more so than Christmas dinner itself.
A favourite winter pursuit of runners is to fantasise about all the great races they are going to take part in soon. To help get your imagination working we're taking you on a trip to one of the world's best destinations and its feature race.