I love running and over the past 10.5 years have become truly obsessed with it, especially going for the World Marathon Majors and having that as the big ultimate goal. Obviously I was supposed to do the Tokyo Marathon back in February and that was the first to fall to the coronavirus with only six days before the race that it was cancelled to none elite runners (and three days before I was due to fly).
It’s been one week now since the announcement that the Tokyo Marathon 2020 would be cancelled for general runners, but the elite runners 200-300 of them could still take part due to the growing concern of the Coronavirus in Japan. This was the news that I was truly hoping would not happen but to make it even worse it was actually leaked and not released official by the Tokyo Marathon first, then it would take a further four days before they would even bother to send emails to runners. It has been announced that we will get the chance to defer to 2021.
Chicago Marathon 2019
Everything from the expo, to the start line, during the race and the finish line!
Last year I fell back in love with the Great North Run and it made me realise I could push harder with my running. So from that I did the Run Everyday in January challenge, Manchester and London Marathon’s in April and then the Sunderland half marathon and Gateshead 10k. Two events that I have added to my yearly events list. So in the build up towards this years Great North Run I was feeling tired. That is the easiest way to sum up how I have been over the past two months. July and August were a struggle as my legs always felt heavy when I was out running. Something I was so gutted about as in June I was back down to running 8:30 minute miles over long distances.
Cristiano Ronaldo has completed his move from Real Madrid to Juventus at the age of 33. Showing that he has no plans of slowing down for the final stages of his playing career, signing a four year deal I very much think that means we will be seeing him in the next World Cup in 2022. That is a truly fantastic thought really, in his press conference he had a little dig at the players at this age who go to Qatar or China. So it is great to see this legendary player still actually wants to play at the very top level!
Croatia 2 (Perišić, 68. Mandžukić, 109) – 1 England (Trippier 5)
Mikel Merino has returned to Spain in a deal between £10-12m and signed a 5-year contract with Real Sociedad a club that is only 50 miles away from his hometown. Leaving Newcastle United after showing amazing promise in his first few games, but then looked to be left out more and more towards the end of the season. At 22 years old I am sure he will still progress a lot further in his career and wish him well for this move. A little bit of a shame having only spent one season on Tyneside.
Some fantastic transfer news was eventually announced for Newcastle United this morning after a few days of speculation and Kenedy posting videos looking at the Tyne Bridge from a Quayside place. We have the player in the shirt! The new shirts as well.
Former Newcastle United defender Steven Taylor has signed for New Zealand side Wellington Phoenix. Making over 200 appearances for Newcastle, since leaving in 2016 Steven had a brief stint at American side Portland Timbers and has played for Ipswich Town and Peterborough United before making his new move at the age of 32. Capped at England youth level and up to U21s, I always enjoyed seeing his progress after breaking through as a teenager.
Sweden 0-2 England (Maguire 30, Dele 58)