The New Year has started with the first of a long string of consecutive weekends of racing. Over the past few years I have trained very specifically for just a few key races, but this year I'm using racing much more as part of my training. The first major target of the year is London Marathon (in 15 weeks). Between now and then I only have 3 weekends without a race. Over the next 15 weeks I'll be racing 7 cross country races, 4 half marathons and one off-road duathlon.

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Due to a last minute waiting list place for Abingdon, I'd managed to end up with entries for both the Abingdon Marathon and Beachy Head Marathon (only six days apart). I had decided to go for a PB at Abingdon and then just enjoy Beachy Head. As it turned out I had a much better race at Beachy Head.

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After a very hectic couple of weeks we are now living in our new house in Eastbourne. We are just now starting to feel a bit more settled and although the house has a lot of work to do, it is starting to feel like home. There has been so much to do that I've not had much of a chance for any training for a few weeks, but now we are settling in here I've managed to start exploring the local trails. Getting up onto the Downs reminded me why we chose this location - it is beautiful up there and absolutely ideal for training.

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After months of stress, setbacks and delays we've finally exchanged contracts on our new house in Eastbourne.It's been a very stressful experience. The whole thing was on the verge of falling through several times and despite trying not to think too much about the new house, we had really set our hearts on it and didn't have any alternative if it fell through. We are so relieved now everything is certain and we can really start to think about our new home.

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That was not a good race. I've been feeling pretty rubish for a few days and I really shouldn't have raced. It was a rather cold and damp day. I set off at a good pace (3:40 min/km) running with a team mate (Gerard). I started to feel pretty tired before 10km and by the 10km point I was already slowing. Ended up feeling really weak and light headed and had to walk several times in the last few km. Finished in a very dissapointing 1:28. Sometimes running when you feel ill pays off (as with my last marathon PB) - but not this time!

After 5 years in France, and after much deliberation and discussion, having considered many factors we have decided that this year is the time for us to move back to England. The move to France was never meant to be permanent and there are many good reasons to move back this year. So here is the WHY, WHERE and WHEN...

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So here it is... I've given the blog a new design. Just a bit of fun so don't take it too seriously! The drawings are based on a selection of photos from the past few years, mostly from my first Ironman in France 2007.

In terms of training, things are picking up after the winter break. I'm getting in a run or mountain bike ride almost every day, with a solid 2 hour run on Sundays. All aerobic, just getting a solid base for the rest of the year. I've entered Cannes half for February 14th which will be my first test for the year - looking forward to it.

After a long time with no blogging from me, I've decided to get the back to posting regular blog posts. It's going to be a busy and interesting year as we will be moving back to England. New clubs to join, new races to enter...

In terms of recent activity, I've had a fairly easy few months since the sub 3 hour marathon and I'm now just getting back into some more serious training with a view to doing another marathon in April (another good reason to choose now to start blogging again).

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05/04/2011 12:44:10
#ff here's one for all the #triathlon fans out there. #thriathlete @todd_leckie who we hope will be competing at London 2012 #olympics
25/03/2011 09:45:29
Can't wait for my new specialized stumpjumper HT mountain bike to arrive next week.
20/10/2010 16:06:48
A new Challenge race in the UK mid September next year! Would it be too much to do this and IMUK next year?
21/09/2010 19:18:53
Thinking about main race targets for next year. How does this sound?... London marathon, Ironman UK and South Downs Way 100 mile (run).
16/08/2010 19:33:36

Hey, check out Mat's
personal best times...

5 km 00:17:49
5 miles 00:28:54
10 km 00:36:58
10 miles 01:03:28
half marathon 01:20:37
30 km 02:04:01
marathon 02:59:55
54 miles 08:50:55 (L2B)
100 km 11:35:53
100 miles 20:42:36
145 miles 42:06:00 (GUCR)
24 hours 181.1 km (track)

Olympic Tri 02:18:34
Half Ironman 05:04:21
Ironman Tri 10:49:39