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Tom Roper
Seaford, Sussex
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What, pray, I hear you ask, is a Twiathlon? It is an annual event comprising two athletic disciplines, Twitten running and outdoor pool swimming. The first requires, as I may have explained before, runners to meet at 9 am on... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2019 at Tom Roper's Running Training
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With my fellow Striders at the start The 2019 Seaford Half Marathon took place in the best conditions, if you like something to look at while running. It was bright, clear, but still cool in a breeze from the north-east.... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2019 at Tom Roper's Running Training
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We are into the fifth month of the year, and I have just completed my first races of 2019, the Mid-Sussex Marathon Weekend. Made up of three races at the May Day Bank Holiday weekend, the East Grinstead Ten Mile,... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2019 at Tom Roper's Running Training
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A group of librarians from NICE, Public Health England, universities and NHS Library and Knowledge services were privileged to attend a workshop on Text Mining and Machine Learning in Systematic Reviews, led by James Thomas, Professor of Social Research and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2019 at Tom Roper's Weblog
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I was pleased with myself; I had a plan to get the much-needed long runs in. On Brighton Marathon weekend, I was to go to the Marathon Medical Conference this afternoon, helping with some of the administration, exhibiting on behalf... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2019 at Tom Roper's Running Training
'All this is marshalling is all very well, but what about the running?’ That is the question on the lips of every reader of this blog. And I must say that things have not gone entirely to plan. On New... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2019 at Tom Roper's Running Training
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The Moyleman is a marathon covering the downs around Lewes, which we organise in memory of Chris Moyle, whose running nom de guerre was the Moyleman. When I arrived at Moyleman headquarters on the morning of St Patrick's Day, Ash,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2019 at Tom Roper's Running Training
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Looking back on 2018, I feel a certain smugness. My aim was to do a long, that is half-marathon distance, or further, race in each quarter, and that I achieved. On the other hand I am slow, much slower these... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2018 at Tom Roper's Running Training
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I took the notion to enter Beachy Head a year ago, after marshalling the 2017 event. I hadn’t done a marathon for a while, and hadn’t done Beachy since 2008. The 2017 day was fine, the runners who passed me... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2018 at Tom Roper's Running Training
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With less than two weeks to go to the Beachy Head marathon, I went to the first cross-country event of the 2018-19 season of the East Sussex Sunday Cross Country League, held at the beautiful Snape Wood course near Wadhurst.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2018 at Tom Roper's Running Training
It’s been so long, as Sigmund Freud is supposed to have said to Mrs Freud, when she came back from staying with her mother. Never mind, what’s past is past. What’s the current situation? Beachy Head marathon is in less... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2018 at Tom Roper's Running Training
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Helping me with my Greek irregular verbs I first met Humphrey at the Cats Protection League shelter. Our previous cat Eustace had died at a ripe old age, and we had decided we could not live in a catless house.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2018 at Tom Roper's Weblog
My father and grandfather were both general practitioners in Cambridge, and starch supporters of the NHS. My grandfather, George Roper, practicing first from Regent Street, then from Lensfield Road, died in October 1948. He saw only a few months of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2018 at Tom Roper's Weblog
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Photo by Multisport Management The plan for 2018, to the extent that a plan can ever be said to exist, was to enter a long race in each quarter, culminating in the Beachy Head Marathon at the end of October.... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2018 at Tom Roper's Running Training
For fifteen years I have run on the downs in my part of Sussex, but for some reason, I have never run over Mount Caburn. Today I rectified that, with the help of Duncan, CharlieCat to his intimates, Race Director... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2018 at Tom Roper's Running Training
These things can't be rushed, you know. It will appear, soon.
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The cross-country season ended last month but rose again on Easter Monday, with the Lewes 10k. I last ran this in 2015, which I recall as dry-ish, though even in the driest conditions the low-lying field at mile 4.5 or... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2018 at Tom Roper's Running Training
It’s a pretty, harmless name, isn’t it? Pett suggests a run that’s furry, that lies on your lap purring or snoring, one that you could teach tricks to, if you had the patience. The Pett cross country race, on 11th... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2018 at Tom Roper's Running Training
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The 2018 Brighton half marathon was, I see, my fifth race here, though the route changes often. Seek not to understand the mind of the race planner, mortals. For this year, they sent us out to Ovingdean for the first... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2018 at Tom Roper's Running Training
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I ran thrice this week; I’m not sure this constitutes a taper, as though I scored fewer miles, they were all tough runs. On Wednesday it was a Striders run, though our numbers were depleted — something to do with... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2018 at Tom Roper's Running Training
It may be a little late, but I’ve started to pack more runs into my week. This week consisted of: Monday’s track night, with Seaford Striders, at the Lewes Leisure Centre track. After a warm-up, our group ran 300m with... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2018 at Tom Roper's Running Training
The Brighton Half is now three weeks away. This week’s excursions consisted of: A Seaford Striders run on Wednesday; I took my group for a five mile run round the second half of the winter route. Once again, they outpaced... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2018 at Tom Roper's Running Training
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There are now four weeks to go till the Brighton Half. From this moment forward, apart from a small sherry when Mrs R and I watch University Challenge tomorrow, no alcoholic drink will pass my lips until I cross the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2018 at Tom Roper's Running Training
After a Wednesday night with the Striders, when I once again fed the insatiable appetite of my group for interval training, and a Peacehaven parkrun, the most significant run of the week was today’s, a ten miler to Bo Peep... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2018 at Tom Roper's Running Training
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It was not a bad week, all things considered. I recorded a respectable 18 miles, led a hard intervals session with the Seaford Striders on Wednesday, ran a solitary dark evening run round Seaford on Friday, and then on Sunday... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2018 at Tom Roper's Running Training