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Tom Roper
Seaford, Sussex
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Training officially began for next year’s Brighton half marathon last Monday. The week was not a typical week, though, so rather than follow the programme, whose demands are in any case very modest in the first of sixteen weeks, I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2017 at Tom Roper's Running Training
Tonight the second Seaford Striders Couch to 5k completed the programme, the ninth week, with 30 minutes of non-stop running. It was a chilly night, and my group, who self-identify as medium, set a cracking pace. We finished back at... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2017 at Tom Roper's Running Training
Ah, in fact it's 5th equal with Lyme Park, each at 411 ft elevation.
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Glad you enjoyed the Downland Ten. It is a glorious race. I hope to be back next year. Thanks for the tip; I should very much like to do that parkrun. Do you take your figures from According to that, Bevendean Down has crept into 5th place
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I had a place in the Lewes Downland Ten, which was run this morning. I was sorry not to be able to use it, because of family commitments, and reasons of state. Instead I ran a very short local run.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2017 at Tom Roper's Running Training
A week ago I ran, with three of Lewes’s redoubtable Twitten runners, Duncan Rawson, Rob Read, David Stacey, the Eridge Park 10 Trial Challenge. The mud in the shower has gone, my toes are more or less dirt-free and I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2017 at Tom Roper's Running Training
Thanks Frank. I'm basing my strategy on the current evidence, which seems to support continuing exercise, rather than enforced rest. The trick seems to be to increase distance very slowly, but that's sometimes easier said than done.
Toggle Commented Aug 6, 2017 on Tom's knee at Tom Roper's Running Training
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It’s an awfully long time since I wrote about running; my last post looked forward to the Seaford Half, an event I missed thanks to my knee. Since then notable runs have been: 10 parkruns, including my 50th. These were... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2017 at Tom Roper's Running Training
"That he who runs may read," read the epigraph to a legal reference work, whose monthly updates it was my duty, as a humble Senior Library Assistant in Hendon Reference Library, to interfile. It's a misquotation of Habbakuk Chapter II... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2017 at Tom Roper's Weblog
The final day came after an exuberant ceilidh the night before, and I found myself in the penultimate papers session on education and learning. First was Richard German of Otago University, New Zealand, on Researching Smarter. an online modular course,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2017 at Tom Roper's Weblog
What I have to say about this session is limited, I fear, as I was presenting myself, and I find it hard to take in other papers when my mind’s on not splitting my trousers on stage. I mean no... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2017 at Tom Roper's Weblog
On Thursday morning, after the official conference run, I went to a technology parallel session. One speaker failed to show up, so we heard Michelle Kirkwood on Value of accessing Evidence Based Clinical Reference Content from within the Clinical Workflow.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2017 at Tom Roper's Weblog
After lunch in the Dublin sunshine (words I thought I was unlikely to write), and an Elsevier master-class on e-resources and value, the afternoon began with the second plenary speaker, Richard Corbridge, Chief Information Office of the Health Service Executive... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2017 at Tom Roper's Weblog
The first day is over, apart from a reception at Trinity College Dublin tonight, so I’ll get my thoughts down on paper before they fade, fragile blooms that they are. There’s an archive and some analytics of the tweets thanks... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2017 at Tom Roper's Weblog
I haven’t written here for some time, and for even longer on a conference, but since the number of conferences I’ll be going to for the rest of my career is finite, it might be worth reviving the practice. I’m... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2017 at Tom Roper's Weblog
Until the end of this week, I was not looking forward to the Seaford half. I felt unprepared, acutely aware that I was not running the miles an off-road half-marathon requires. This week's three runs, each different, changed my perspective.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2017 at Tom Roper's Running Training
This week’s running consisted of leading the second week of the Seaford Striders Couch to 5k group on Wednesday, where we took advantage of the lighter evening to run down to the golf course, and along, to run on grass.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2017 at Tom Roper's Running Training
There’s a great deal of guff talked about leadership these days. It’s an epidemic. Even a shift supervisor in a fast-food restaurant these days is a leader, it seems. Whether or not one subscribes to the modern cult of leadership,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2017 at Tom Roper's Weblog
Next Wednesday I coach the first session of a new venture for my running club, Seaford Striders, a couch to 5k group. Based on the NHS Choices programme, I’ll lead a group through nine weeks of runs, increasing until we... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2017 at Tom Roper's Running Training
Having spent the weekend preparing and marshalling so that others might run, it seemed only right that on a beautiful March day I should run myself. As I did, I tried to absorb the experiences of the 2017 Moyleman. From... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2017 at Tom Roper's Running Training
A short plod this evening, in dreary mizzle. There’ll be little time for running this weekend. Tonight the organisers will soothe our nerves with the finest thrash-skiffle know to humanity, offered by the Curst Sons; tomorrow we mark the course.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2017 at Tom Roper's Running Training
Back to this race, after nine years away. When I entered, rashly, I imagined an early spring day on Brighton seafront, soft sunshine, a light breeze at most. What did I find? Cold fog at the start, a chilly wind,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2017 at Tom Roper's Running Training
There is but one week to go before the Brighton Half. In a week’s time I will be relaxing with my first alcohol for four weeks, while those around me top up my glass and feed me the choicest and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2017 at Tom Roper's Running Training
This was a good week; using up some annual leave, I had four days at home, allowing two five mile runs, and two swims, rather than the customary one. The first five miler, over Seaford Head, took place in mild... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2017 at Tom Roper's Running Training
Eleven miles today, the longest distance I’ll run in training. It was hard work, grey skies, a cold northerly, and I plodded to Newhaven and back, running up the hill to St Michael’s. I couldn’t see a way in, but... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2017 at Tom Roper's Running Training