The Origins:

On the 19th May 2012 I decided that I was too-too unfit and needed to get into some sort of shape. Deciding that a challenge was the best way to motivate, myself and a few friends decided to enter The Great North Run in Newcastle on 16th September 2012. That meant that I had to go from ‘can’t run, won’t run’ to ‘can run, will run, have to run 13.1miles’ in four months.

I finished in 2 hours and 38 minutes and raised £300 for Guide Dogs for the Blind. Chuffed with that.

Because I got addicted to medals and t-shirts, I carried on running. I’m now entering races here there and everywhere (mainly 10k’s) and not doing NEARLY enough training…

No real plans to run a marathon as of yet, so stop asking.

Turns out I DID have plans for a marathon. My friend Rob said he was going to run a marathon, so I decided to too. Finished Blackpool Marathon on 7th April 2013 in a time of 4 hours and 55 minutes. Since then my marathons are in double figures, quickest time so far is 3:59:15.

I post all my runs using Strava, and if you want to follow me on there you can find me under Marc Hemingway. As that’s my name.

181 thoughts on “About

  1. Thanks for following The Immortal Jukebox – hope you find much to entertain you there. Thanks also for the running inspiration! Regards Thom.

  2. Hi Marc,

    Thanks for checking out my cycling blog (AllezPrestwichcc.wordpress.com). Was nice to get a like!
    Just reading through your about me stuff and going to have a scan of your Tour de Yorkshire article to get started.

  3. Hi Hemingwayrun, just taken a sneaky peek at your blog… Very interesting and I’d like to know how your Ironman Lanzarote prep is going? When is it? Hope you’ll follow my blog too, maybe I’ll inspire you?!! This will be my first full Ironman, (and probably my last!!). Can’t believe it either, you’re from Bradford! I was born in Thornton, but moved to Bournemouth in 1989. Good luck with all your training… Will follow with interest! Xx

  4. Thanks for checking out my blog. I’m just running to run and telling my story along the way. Who knows, after reading your story, maybe I will do a race one day too!

  5. Hey there,
    Thanks for stopping by my blog and the like on my post about the sportive week I had with my sports-crazy friend. There’s not one day when he isn’t doing some kind of workout. He, as you, are an inspiration and though I prefer to run by myself, I participated in 3 half-marathons in the past. I don’t think I’ll do it again but never say never, right?
    Well, you’re doing a fabulous job and your transformation is amazing. Keep at it and most of all – keep having fun while running, bicycling (and swimming?) around!!

  6. Hey,
    Thanks for stopping by my blog 🙂
    U r an inspiration…I have always fantasized about running marathons but have always held back because of my weight issue…Hope someday I too can do wat you do…
    Do try and stop by my blog now and then n help me stay on track:)

  7. Thanks for stopping by and posting a like on my blog. Congrats on your achievement! Well done! Don’t worry about running a marathon. The half distance is plenty. I think there are more reasons not to run a marathon than there are to run one. Look what happened to the initial marathon runner. Keep up the good work!

  8. Well done, some accomplishment in 2 years. I had a hit-30-start-running eureka moment.
    Like you I can’t see myself doing a marathon, but never say never.

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