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Welcome to my blog – timmytalks

My name is Tim (no, really!). I started running in 2010 and blogging in early 2016, initially as a way of capturing my own thoughts about my running experiences, in particular my attempt to run all six World Marathon Majors in one year. Not only did I enjoy the writing process but other people seemed to like reading it as well. And so the idea for the site was born.

Most of what you’ll find here is related to my running. But I can’t guarantee that I won’t expand into other areas and interests from time to time.

I live in beautiful East Yorkshire, am a civil servant by day, and when I’m not out running can be found singing, acting and following Hull FC, Hull City and Yorkshire cricket.

A member of Kingston upon Hull Athletics Club, I am also a UK Athletics qualified Leader in Running Fitness.

My running journey

It started ten years ago with short run that nearly killed me. Five months later I’d run my first 10k and from there I never looked back. I started running local races, joined a running club and then in 2013, one month short of my 40th birthday, I ran my first marathon in Blackpool.

To date I have run 40 marathons, and in 2016 became only the 5th Briton to run all six World Marathon Majors (Tokyo, Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago and New York) in a single year: the Timmyslam.

In 2017 I completed the Brathay 10 in 10 (10 marathons in 10 days): the “UK’s ultimate endurance running event”. What followed was 12 months with no running as I battled a chronic ankle injury. Thankfully, I am back running again, and in February 2020 I spent two weeks at a high altitude training camp in Iten, Kenya – running with the Kenyans!

Personal bests

  • parkrun/5k –       19:40 (Peter Pan parkrun, February 2017)
  • 10k –                    39:12 (Leven 10k, June 2015)
  • 10 miles –           63:39 (Snake Lane 10, February 2017)
  • Half marathon – 84:43 (Canal Canter Half, March 2017)
  • 20 miles –            2:15:38 (East Hull 20, March 2017)
  • Marathon –          2:57:55 (Rotterdam, April 2017)
  • Longest –             69 miles (The Wall, June 2016)

Brathay 10in10 (May 2017) – 10 marathons in 10 days; 38:09:56 (10 sub-4 hour marathons)