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A half marathon is 13.1 miles or 21km for those of your who are metrically minded.

Except it’s not really.

August MilesAt 43 years old you can’t really just rock up at the start line and expect to survive that length of run.  So you train.  You run 4 times a week for months.  You start off at where you are and you do more and more miles.

For me the start was a slow 5k.  You add some distance to one run each week and this becomes your long, slow run.  Next comes a short recovery run which is more of a really slow jog to get your muscles working after the long, slow run.  The other two runs are where the speed comes.  A quick 5k, a tempo run for 8k or maybe a run that you up the pace a couple of times.

Pretty soon the miles are starting to rack up.

I’ve spent 8 hours running this month and have covered nearly 80km (50 miles).  There are still two weeks of the month left!

Why am I telling you this?

Well, because when you sponsor someone to run a 13.1 mile race you’re actually sponsoring them to actually run close to 200 miles.

Every mile adds up and every mile counts.

Just like the sponsorship you’ve been so generous to donate.

So far I’ve raised £460.

That’s amazing.  A massive thanks to all of you for your support and generosity.  It’s always exciting when my phone makes the ‘Just Giving’ ping noise meaning that someone else has just donated.  You have been so generous.

I was leading worship at Carluke URC on Sunday and mentioned that I was running.  The people there sponsored me £117.  That kind of support is really overwhelming.  You are all part of the team…

we are macmillan

So, what will Macmillan do with your money?

  • £1,020 could pay for a Macmillan nurse for a week, helping people living with cancer and their families receive essential medical, practical and emotional support.
  • £537 could pay for a Macmillan social worker or family support worker for a week. They work with community and social services agencies to help people manage the social and practical problems of living with cancer.
  • £390 could cover the costs for a person to attend a small physical activity scheme in a rural area for a year.
  • Between £200,000 and £600,000 could pay for a new chemotherapy suite in a local hospital.
  • Between £3 million and £7 million could pay for a new oncology and outpatient unit in a hospital.

You can help by visiting my Stewart’s Just Giving page or by texting STEW68 £5 (or any amount) to 70070.

So, thank you.  Thank you so much for your support.  It means the world to me to be able to help a charity that gave so much help and support to my mum and to my dad.

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So, it’s been a while since I’ve blogged about running, and in particular my half marathon run with my brother-in-law, Scott, in October.  To be honest, our training hasn’t been going well, between writing essays, work and Scott moving house it’s all a bit frantic.  But we’re committed and tomorrow I will run.  Promise.

Why is this so important to us?

Well, in just 14 weeks we’re running the Great Scottish Run in Glasgow in memory of my mum, Annis, and we would dearly like you to help us raise £2,000 to help a brilliant organisation who helped her over the last 16 years of her life, macmillan cancer care.

We know that £2,000 is a lot of money and that you are all skint, but it’s been a cracking day and I’m sure you’re sitting somewhere nice with a nice cold beer or a tasty ice cream.

How about, instead of having another one, you donate £3 to macmillan instead?  You donate £3 and tomorrow I’ll run 3 miles.  Deal?

Just text STEW68 £3 to 70070 or visit our justgiving site and donate there.

We and the thousands of people who are living with cancer and it’s effects would really appreciate it.


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I’ve been off on my travels again, this time to Northampton for a couple of meetings.

It’s always been part of my job to be away from home but I’m often struck my the paradox of working for an organisation that promotes good relationships but is happy to ask it’s members and staff to spend lots of time away from home, especially over things like Father’s Day.

It also struck me as I was walking to the car to drive home that I hadn’t been outside for 3 days.  That can’t be healthy!

The meetings were ok.  It was good to see my colleagues and to finally meet Stuart Radcliffe who I’ve been friends with on Twitter for a while in real life.

After sitting down for 4 days and driving 700 miles, today I finally got back out on the road for a run.

The ongoing saga of ‘will my big toenails fall off or not?’ continues but they don’t hurt so I decided that three weeks was long enough to rest after my marathon.

It was great to be outside in the sun and I can honestly say I’ve missed running.

The legs are ok, the breathing was a bit harder than before, but that will sort itself out over a couple of runs.

My next goal is to get faster.

I want to get my 5k time down and then get well under 2 hours in the Great Scottish Run half marathon in Glasgow on 2 September.  That’s not long so July and August will be full of hills, intervals and parkruns with a long run every week to keep the miles up.

And whisper it… I might run another marathon… but not this year!

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If you run, you are a runner. It doesn’t matter how fast or how far. It doesn’t matter if today is your first day or if you’ve been running for twenty years. There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get. You just run. – John Bingham

Bingham was a passionate advocate of getting people out running.  He was fed up with the snobbery that said you were only a runner if you could run fast.  He wanted people to run.  And he wanted them to know that they were runners.

I wonder if we feel the same about being Christian?

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I’ve just realised that I didn’t let you all know how the Parkrun went!


As you can see, it was a nice morning for a run, although it had been pretty wet overnight so there were lots of puddles!  I usually woudn’t mind the mud but I had on my very white new trainers… not so white now!

Anyway, I turned up at Strathclyde Park at 9.25am to find lots of swimmers!  That was a shock, but it turned out to be the Great Scottish Swim.  Further along the path I found a group of runners of all ages limbering up with varying degrees of enthusiasm.

There were people in small groups but lots of people obviously on their own.  People smiled, nodded and stood patiently waiting instructions.

At the appointed hour the race director called us forward and gave us our instructions… you don’t have right of way and you are running at your own risk!

Ready, steady, go!

I’ve never run a timed 5k before so I had no idea of pace.  I was aiming for somewhere around 25 minutes as 5mins/km is easy to work out!  I soon settled down behind a couple of runners who were running a steady pace and followed them round.

With 1km to go I went for it… and died a spectacular death with about 400m to go.  I really wanted to break 25 mins but there was just nothing in my legs.  I finished an agonising 27 seconds outside.

When you finish you get a barcode which you take to a table where your personal barcode is scanned along with the time code and that’s it.

I was 70th out of 140 people with an age grading of 53.24%.  And a PB, obviously!

I chatted to the people I’d been following who it turned out were from Glasgow where they usually run the Pollock Parkrun.  We shared horror stories about the hill in Pollock Park that was almost the end of me in the half marathon and then I headed home.

I liked it.

No pressure to mingle but the chance to if you want.  I didn’t go for coffee and cake this time but maybe next time.  They read out the times you see… so I’ll need to break 25 mins to earn my cake!

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