Originally from Yorkshire, I made the move to Edinburgh in 2017. I changed my job too as it looked like a bit too much of a commute. I’m very often found in various charity shops looking for books and bargains, being a tourist in the city with my son making the worlds greatest Yorkshire Puddings. (Not even a boast, it’s a truth.)


In May 2012 I decided I wanted to be a runner. I was 30, unfit and wanting to do something about it (the unfit thing, only changed being 30 when I turned 31.)

As a way of keeping myself motivated and accountable for my plans to become a runner I started this blog and started writing all my training and failings and how I was getting along with it all.

Since then I’ve run 11 full marathons, a handfull of half marathons and somewhere in the region of 50 10km races. (I keep meaning to working out just how many but counting medals is similar to counting sheep and I nap easily.)

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.


The only thing I’ve ever really wanted to do with my life is become a writer. (And a wrestler, but I don’t like getting hit.) I don’t write as much I should be though and so I decided that blogging helped me with running motivation, it could possibly do the same for my writing.

Currently I write features for Hooked On Wrestling but am working on a novel and a book of short stories at the same time, with ideas for a couple more novels hiding away at the back of my mind.

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  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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