It seems like a lot of people in the UK start running as part of a charity fundraiser. This is not my story!

It was then that I decided to give running a try. And if I survived the winter, I'd enter the race.

It dawned on me recently that I may have missed the boat to winning a Most Improved award.

I made the silly mistake of linking Endomondo to both services when I already had Fitbit and MyFitnessPal linked.

I was off on holiday in the sun for two weeks and my runs were suddenly in 27°C instead of 7°C.

A good piece of advice to any runner is to vary your route, as it avoids boredom.

"Look at those mad people!" I would say as we drove down the Oxford Road just a year earlier. No matter what the weather, there seemed to be idiots running down the pavement at all times of day or night.

About Matt

Not known for sport at school, I took up running in my mid-forties. Very soon I caught the running bug and progressed from the Couch to 5K programme, via parkrun, various 10k races and the Great North Run to running marathons and beyond in the UK and overseas. Now in my fifties, I still run fast enough to impress my friends and family, but not fast enough to think I've missed a vocation as an Olympian!

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