The Farnham Pilgrim

Whilst I was thinking about possibly signing up for a 10k, maybe when the wind blows in the right direction, my Running Buddy has completed another marathon.

Despite my lack of support on the day, he has kindly agreed to answer my questions about the event:


I know you have fond memories of this event. Can you tell me a bit about why that is and whether it lived up to your expectations second time around?

I have fond memories of the event as it was my first marathon, and it certainly lived up to my expectations this time around. One of the reasons I love this event (apart from the fact that it is well run – thanks organisers and volunteers) is that the course is difficult, and not suited to PBs. This means that the people running it are more relaxed and they’re running for fun, which makes it a great atmosphere. The take-themselves-too-seriously crowd (who are, of course, more important than anyone else there) don’t show up¹.

What was your time, and were you happy with it?

I was aiming for 04:45 but came in at 04:52, which I was happy with. I had the pace perfect for 04:45 but ran out of steam at 22 miles. So I’m happy with the performance but there’s room for improvement.

What is it about marathons that appeals to you so much? Are you still thinking to join the 100 club?

The marathon distance appeals to me because it is difficult. If it goes badly on the day, or you don’t prep correctly, you won’t get around the course. Even when a marathon is going well, it is difficult.

I do hope to join the marathon 100 club but I still have a long way to go. I think it’s a lifetime goal, and could be a great achievement.

How was your recovery? Do you have any advice to anyone new to long distances?

The recovery was good. I haven’t run for a week. My standard recovery process is two pints in a hot bath watching Netflix. (I’m not sure that this would be recommended by the pros.) The more events you enter, the quicker the recovery becomes. But from what I have read, the most important thing is take in calories within twenty minutes of finishing, and then to eat a full meal within two hours.


¹I don’t think my Running Buddy is getting at first finishers here, or anyone who races for a time. We are astonished by the times some runners are able to achieve, and we know that there’s incredible dedication and discipline involved!

It’s just that at this point we’ve both seen an awful lot of arrogant arse-hats, who look down on anyone attempting the event on an amateur level, as if they don’t deserve to be there.

The thing is, that without all the middle-of-the-pack and back-of-the-pack runners paying their race fees, there wouldn’t be an event at all – Half


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I love running, but don't always train in the way that I should. I started my blog in between my first successful completion of a marathon (although I wrote the first post a few days prior to that) and my first ultra marathon, which was the first half of the 100k "Race to the Stones". Maybe part of my reason was to publicly call myself out on my own stated goals. I chose the name "half arsed runner" because I wanted to show that my motivation levels are far from perfect, and that it's OK to be human.

2 thoughts on “The Farnham Pilgrim”

  1. Great interview! I think it is pretty incredible how runners of all levels participate in these events, but I can see where the seriousness of certain events takes the fun out of it for others. I sign up for laid back races on occasion just to mix things up a bit.

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  2. Everyone has their own reason for running and everyone’s personal reason is legitimate to them, so as long as nobody is judging anyone else, it’s all good. I think some events should be kept serious though, and it’s good to have qualifying times to ensure a minimum standard: the Boston marathon springs to mind.

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