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Hi, I’m Lewis. Welcome to foot4ward. This blog is a combination of race reports, training logs and my personal thoughts on my running experiences.

A sample of the writing I've been contributing for The Stroke Association

One of the weekly guest posts I've been writing for The Stroke Assocation's charity bond runners

I reduscovered running in February 2009, aiming to get fitter and run a 10k, and from there ran the Paris Marathon in under three hours and raised more than £1900 for The Stroke Association.  In April 2011 I’ll be running the Virgin London Marathon – my second ever marathon.

This blog isn’t all about the big races. I like to support the grass roots racing community, so you’ll see reviews and previews for the international ‘event’ races alongside equal levels of coverage for local club races. Similarly, you’ll find me popping up in places like The Stroke Association newsletter for The Stroke Association’s bond runners.

If you have a race to promote, charity bond places to fill or need some running-related writing, get in touch. I can be reached at lewis.birchon@hotmail.co.uk.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. March 27, 2011 11:45 am

    Hi Lewis – will you be back at the 2011 Blenheim 7k? 8th May this year. Hope to see you there. Best wishes, Sarah

    • April 7, 2011 11:45 am

      Hi Sarah,

      Unfortunately I’m not going to be able to make it this year, although I think I’ll be back in Oxford for the Town & Gown the following weekend. I hope the race goes well again this year – it’s a great event and a lovely place to run.

      Lewis

  2. simon gould permalink
    March 4, 2012 4:48 pm

    i like your piece on the Waltham half .i ran it in 2010 and many runners had the same experience as you. i found many missing mile markers and a lack of water.At one point as i was following a group of runners a few speedy guys came towards me in the opposite direction. Later near the finish one of them came speeding by me. i wonder how far he ran !! i ran about 7 minutes quicker than expected so either i missed a mile somewhere or the mile markers didn’t accurately measure the course.(my time was 1:35 and as i’m over 60 its very unlikely i suddenly improved ). Seeing that your experience was the year after i think its poor that things had not been tightened up . i was just looking it up to consider whether to give it a go again. No i think i’ll stick with the Regents Park 10k on the same day. Thanks.~~^^^~~~simon

    • March 7, 2012 9:37 am

      Oh dear… If the year I ran it was anything to go by, I really don’t think they have enough marshals or signs to manage a full 13.1 mile loop. It would be better organised as a two-lap course, which would hopefully prevent things like this happening.

      Still, 1:35 sounds impressive, and since it’s chip timed you could count it as a PB (short course)…

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