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25 September 2013 0 Comments

Little Britain

The day before the Henley Half I popped in to a butcher’s shop in Watlington, not far from Henley to acquire some mince for my traditional pre-race Last Supper. Two locals were queuing for their joints for the Sunday roast and moaning about the road closures that the event entails. Later, post race, I noticed […]

28 November 2011 0 Comments

How many World Championships will it take?

The BBC have just announced the nominations for the 2011 Sports Personality of the Year (SPOTY). 10 men (which is interesting in itself). I’ve blogged about the process of arriving at the final 10 before – it’s a group of sports journos voting for their best performances of the year. Here’s how this year’s panel […]

9 October 2011 1 Comment

Kona Update _ Chrissie Again

Image under a Creative Commons licence by PWithy on Flickr I didn’t manage to stay up to watch all the Kona coverage on Saturday night (UK time). When I went to bed Craig Alexander looked set to claim his 3rd title as he set off in what liked an unstoppable pace on the run. Sure […]

8 October 2011 0 Comments

Kona Time

For triathlon Kona is the Holy Grail. Kona, Hawaii is the home of the annual Ironman World Championship. The list of winners is a who’s who of the hardest triathletes to grace the sport. The triathlon event at the Olympic Games is very different to Ironman Hawaii. Like the rest of the Olympic sports the […]

18 July 2011 2 Comments

A rambling post about drugs, cycling and Britain’s greatest sportsperson

The highlight of the sporting year for me is the Tour de France. I’ve written before how I used to read the abysmally short columns that the newspapers used to devote to it and loved watching the bits that you could get on TV. I’ve stuck with the sport through the hard times when it […]

13 April 2011 0 Comments

2:52:54 – Astonishing!

Last Sunday Rachel Joyce broke the course record at Ironman South Africa. No mean feat, but unfortunately not quite good enough to give her the victory. That went to Chrissie Wellington who beat Rachel by almost 35 minutes! In so doing, Chrissie not only beat her own Ironman world record by posting a finishing time […]

22 November 2010 0 Comments

Normal Service Resumed

Just over a month after her non-start at Kona in the Ironman World Championships, the phenomenal Chrissie Wellington returned to racing, and how! Yesterday she took the start at Ironman Arizona and smashed the record books yet again. Her finishing time of 8:36:13 smashes the Ironman distance world record by over 10 minutes. To put […]

13 December 2009 4 Comments

Ryan Giggs versus the X Factor

So Ryan Giggs is BBC Sports Personality of the Year. I must admit that I’m fairly indifferent about this fact. I’ve watched Giggs perform from the away supporters end at Old Trafford quite a few times over the years, and once even infiltrated the Stretford End to watch the Reds beat Blackburn Rovers on the […]

30 November 2009 4 Comments

6/10 Could Do Better

I’m still cross about the nominations list for BBC Sports Personality of the Year. My original 10 nominations can be found here and I got 6 out of the final 10. The 4 of mine that didn’t get a nomination were Andrew Flintoff, Brad Wiggins, Chrissie Wellington and Alistair Brownlee. When I came up with […]

30 November 2009 0 Comments

Sports Personality of the Year Nominations

The BBC have just announced the nominations for BBC Sports Personality of the Year and… no nomination for Chrissie Wellington. What a disappointment. The nominations are: Andrew Strauss (Cricket) David Haye (Boxer) Andy Murray (Tennis) Tom Daley (Diving) Jessica Ennis (heptathlete) Ryan Giggs (footballer) Jenson Button (Motor racing) Beth Tweddle (gymnastics) Mark Cavendish (cyclist) Philips […]

4 November 2009 0 Comments

The Chrissie Wellington Bandwagon gains momentum

My tiny blog-led campaign to crown Chrissie Wellington BBC Sports Personality of the Year got a shot in the arm at the weekend with the announcement of her as the winner of the Sportswoman of the Year for 2009 at the 22nd Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year Awards ceremony held in association with Brittany […]

11 October 2009 9 Comments

Chrissie Wellington for SPOTY

Last night I spent the evening watching the Ford Ironman World Championships streamed live over the magic of the internet. My 5 year old daughter viewed the race with me (Context: this week she got her 1st 5 metre swim badge at swimming lessons). The age group start was an incredible sight and as she […]