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by Val Baxter

April 28, 2017

The Main Event – Dave Lamond

Its finally here, the main event after months of planning and inconstant training I find myself in Newcastle airport chatting to Rob Wilson and the young lady who picked my name from the hat sealing my fate so many months ago. Rob and his family were off to Spain for the Madrid marathon which he... Read more »

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by Val Baxter

February 14, 2017

Two 5 o’clocks in a day

As the festivity passed and the cold winter month of January was cast upon us the inevitable arrived; I had to go to work. For me this meant 12 hours a day for 21 days on board an oil rig in the North Sea (a less than perfect marathon training environment). As I knew this... Read more »

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by Val Baxter

January 14, 2017

Dave Does London (or Rigger to Runner)

Two 5 o’clocks in a day S... Read more »

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by Val Baxter

January 2, 2017

So, it begins…

I, David Lamond, have won the Birtley AC allocated number for the 2017 London marathon. After booking hotels and planning a fun packed family weekend in London it suddenly dawned on me I HAVE TO TRAIN FOR THIS, IT’S 26.2 MILE!! I set a date to start training, Boxing Day, 16 weeks before the main... Read more »

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by Val Baxter

September 25, 2016

What did you do this Saturday????

Last weekend I suffered a severe body blow as any credibility in my athletic prowess was blasted into kingdom come!!!! I went to Stratford upon Avon to visit number 1 son and decided as I had put some consistent quality training in for 2-3 weeks that I would introduce myself to the Stratford public and... Read more »

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by Val Baxter

May 8, 2015

I am on my way back :)

Well it is about 8 months now since that horrible day when the lorry re shaped my foot. There are all sorts of things happened since then that make running these days a chore for me. Running isn’t just about being fit, it is a state of mind, a habit, possibly even an addiction, and... Read more »

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by Val Baxter

January 13, 2015

Anybody get a PB for Christmas?

Well I hope you all had a great Christmas and new year. I know some did cos I met up with many on Boxing Day, at the traditional Boxing Day run from the Shepherd and Shepherdess at Beamish. (Other pubs are available). The run has been going for 7 or 8 years now, organised by... Read more »

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by Val Baxter

December 16, 2014

Well , 10 weeks today since I last rode my bike…

You know there are a lot of things happened since my last mutterings. So much so, that I don’t think I will even bore you any further with my problems, with bones still broken, or damaged nerves and veins……I will try to limit my twisting, cos the consultant seems to think I will be giving... Read more »

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by Val Baxter

October 28, 2014

Down but not out…

Well it is three weeks today since my accident and I don’t feel any better, maybe even worse. My injuries are according to my consultant ‘significant’ and that term does give cause for alarm. The last observation I had revealed there are 4 broken bones; however initially I was told the cuboid bone which is... Read more »

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by Val Baxter

October 12, 2014

I wonder if there is such a thing as unlucky…

…or if it is just careless or ‘didn’t think?? I have worked hard for about a year now with my running, but have had some bad luck in the same period. I started October-ish last year training for the London marathon, it went quite well, but I did have some health issues that affected me... Read more »

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by Val Baxter

September 25, 2014

For all of those who were worried…

Well today I got my results from last week’s blood tests. It is interesting the degree of variance from July. I do recall a few years ago talking to a coach about asthma in the young ones these days. His comment was and I quote… “These days if you go to the doctors and tell... Read more »

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by Val Baxter

September 1, 2014

Progress at last!

Well I am starting to get some sort of fitness back now, and starting to enjoy my running a bit more again. I have run two 5k races in the last fortnight, and found the second one was much easier than the first, a sign of progress, and done a couple of park runs as... Read more »

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by Val Baxter

August 14, 2014

Well hello, how are you all doing?

It is a month, maybe 5 weeks since I last spoke and there have been all sorts happening. Since last we spoke (albeit monologue not dialogue) I have had very little time out running as I gradually recovered from a torn calf muscle. I have now managed to start training although I am still nervous,... Read more »

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by Val Baxter

July 14, 2014

Well, now what do I do?

I had health issues hanging round me when I was marathon training that I thought were just down to my weekly high mileage, but 3 months on and they are still there. It is absolutely amazing how things happen; you think you are invincible…bullet proof, but in the end old age will get you!!! Someone... Read more »

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by Val Baxter

July 8, 2014

It’s been a while…

Hi, been a long time since we spoke, how you all doin’? It’s been a month since I managed a run. Actually that was just an effort, I didn’t manage a run that day. It was Blaydon races, and if I remember, I walked most of the last 4 miles. Well two weeks later I... Read more »

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