Fellow runners – Fareham Crusaders & others – 21/2/15

Running can be an individual thing were you loose yourself in your thoughts or you simply switch off, relax and think about nothing at all. Since Christmas I’ve been running a lot with Mark Greenfield who has basically “been there and done it”. The miles do pass quicker with company and I’m sure once the Spring marathons pass we will have more company.

The video above is a matter of seconds long but summed up a 2 hour plus run. Get up early and soak up the first rays of sunshine on a cold and crisp morning as nature wakes up with you. Training runs don’t even need to be part of a plan heading towards an event, they can just be enjoyable.

Running with club mates and like minded long distance people means you are sharing your spare time with other people that “get” what you are about and that’s a great buzz.

“Come on down” !!!



SDW Winchester Hill – towards Butser & back – 14/2/15

This is my first Blog post and I’m doing it as a record of why running isn’t my hobby, it’s my passion. My girls would say “Blah, blah, blah” and “if it makes you happy Dad” but they are always interested to hear what I’ve been up to and yes it does make me happy 🙂

Starting from the Old Winchester Hill car park on a damp morning the 13 miles of mud and hills were defiantly testing and ultimately a guide to my fitness. The rain easing off after the first couple of miles had only topped up the saturated fields and tracks. The going was heavy underfoot to say the least and this did mean the pace had to drop mainly to stay upright in some places.

There’s quite a mixtures of muddy downhill, farmyard roads, chalky climbs and boggy sections to enjoy so, you do have to concentrate. Running off road isn’t about pace, I’ve found out to my pleasure, that it’s more about finding out about yourself. The early morning birds, the sights, sounds and smells of the county side (both good and bad) all bombard your senses at a time when your heart is pumping and your lungs are working hard, you quite simply feel “alive”.

The mud up the back of your legs and the water in your shoes are badges of achievement any scout would be proud of.        This is why “irunoffroad”…. Happy running ….. Roger T