Run an Empire

So this seems like an amazing idea to get people out running. In a short summary players use the GPS in there phones to run around an area, when you complete a full loop of that area you capture it and turn it your own colour, this is now part of your “empire”. Other people can then invade your empire by running sections of it or doing the same loop. You can then reinforce your empire by running it multiple times or taking it back. It tracks all the usual stats you would expect from a running app but also how large your empire currently is and how well you place on a scoreboard (Points based on the area you take). You can design a variety of different coat of arms for your empire and colours.

Seems like a fantastic way of bringing some MMO style games into the running world. It’s currently doing well on Kickstarter and hopefully we will see this released later on in the year.

Just as a side note this is currently only for iOS. You can support it by clicking here 


End of the first quarter

It’s been a while since I updated my blog, in fact my last post was all the way back at the beginning of March when I finished the Bideford half marathon, since then I’ve had some nice time off, had my Birthday pass and been ill. So in no particular order here is what I’ve been up to.


My first 2 weeks of the month I had off as holiday which allowed for some decent training time. I managed to get in a good amount of running and cycling but yet again as a repeating fail I didn’t get a lot of pool time in. I did however get these 2 very fun 40 mile routes in.


Sadly after coming back to work I didn’t get much time to carry on training, my work rota had me back on these stupid mid shifts which taking out a massive part of the middle of the day make getting most daily life activity done a lot more difficult than those who get to go home at 5. Typically as well for the first time in over 6 years this led to me having a sick day which took a further 3 days off from training and went straight into my Birthday weekend which was another 2.

Birthday Half Century

Last year shortly after my Birthday I completed my first half century ride. Having never really done more than 20ish miles of riding and also being my first year of trying to compete in races I thought this was a very big accomplishment. This year to try and turn it into a tradition I went out again for another 50 miles only this time riding solo.

Have to admit I’ve very happy to see the big difference. Last year it took 4Hrs 35min of moving time to complete, but overall with stopping the day last over 6Hrs. Today’s ride however was done in 3Hrs 7Min moving time which was a lot better considering I met my other half while she was on lunch and never stopped the bike but slowly cycling along at a walking pace with her and total time including stops was only 3Hr 32Min. A massive change in speed and time.


Well 3 months have now gone so time to review how my yearly targets are doing
300314Getting plenty of cycling in but very short on my running and swimming.

Bideford Half Marathon 2014 – Race Report

Bideford’s half marathon has rolled around again and this year I was really looking forward to it. I had a clear goal to beat (Last years time) training was a lot better and I was going into it injury free. The aim was to finish in around a 1:40 sort of time. Last year I managed a 1:56 and my current PB for a half sat at 1:51

Race Morning

As with every other race morning it started with getting up and trying to get some breakfast down. I’ve still not worked out a trick for wanting to eat right away, especially when you know your only doing it because you need to not necessarily because you want to. Anyway down went a bowl of cereal and a couple of pieces of toast, washed down by a nice big cup of coffee.

With that it was time to get changed meet our friends and head on down to the race start, which was packed with runners. This is the first year we’ve had to collect our timing chip rather than it be attached to the back of the number. I was expecting to see a nice long queue of people waiting for there chips but actually I walked straight to my line waited 2 seconds and was handed my number and a couple of cable ties.

The Race

The race itself was very fun. Last year when we were all told this was a flat and and branded “swift” course I completely disagreed until I did the Great West Run in Exeter which has some very nasty hills in it. All of a sudden the Bideford course is a lot nicer route and I really felt like I could open up. Unlike previous races nothing went wrong and it was a nice day to be out running. Not to cold, a tiny bit of wind on an almost entirely sheltered course. I think the only thing that I didn’t like was the tight start line, getting nearly 1,200 people through a tiny bit of road was a bit difficult and slow. The organisation of the T-shirts was better as well this year rather than having big queues around the finish area they were a short walk over by the clubhouse.

Overall a very well organised event and a very fun day out running

My final time was 01:45:34. Beating last years time by 11 minutes and my half marathon PB by 6 minutes. It makes me look forward to doing this again next year.

My 2014 Race Calendar

I’ve not finished signing up for events yet and still have some to decide, but that will come down to money/time/spots left. Most of my holiday time this year is taken up by my up coming wedding and honeymoon and seeing as I work a rolling rota which only allows me a weekend off every 3 weeks but not at Easter, during summer or around Christmas I won’t have much chance to enter as many events.

None the less my current schedule looks like this.

March – Bideford Half Marathon
April – Charity Triathlon (But looking for something extra)
May – Bideford 10k / London Hyde Park
June – Bideford Triathlon
July – Ironman UK
August – Looking for Olympic distance Tri
September – I’ll be on my honeymoon but would still like something in the first couple of weeks to enter

Bideford Half Marathon – Last year was my first ever half marathon. I completed the race in 1:56 and will be looking to run a 1:40’ish this year.

NL Charity Tri – This is one my work organises. The first year I entered I came second, last year I came third. This year I’m really hoping to come first or at a minimum stay in the top 3.

Bideford 10k – Last year I completed this in 50minutes, I went on to beat my 10k time doing the 10miler event. So this year I’ll be aiming for a sub 40minute time.

London Hyde Park – I did the Virgin Active triathlon last year and set a new Olympic time of 2:44:00 so this year I will again be in London only this time over in Hyde Park looking to take my Olympic time under 2:30:00

Bideford Triathlon – Will be aiming to just beat last years time and hopefully go below 1:20:00

Ironman UK – There’s a whole blog post about the goals and times I’d like to achieve here

The Cost of Macmillan Services

The Cost of Macmillan Services

The Cost of Macmillan Services

As anyone who reads this blog will know I do the majority of my fundraising for Macmillan Cancer Support and I thought I’d take a bit of time to share with you what your money contributions actually mean for the services Macmillan offers.

This is only a few examples as I could go on for a few pages all the costs and benefits provided, so I’ll stick with what’s close to my fundraising targets.

Macmillan Nurses

£8 pays for the assessment pack that enables a cancer Clinical Nurse Specialist to assess and care plan the needs of 100 people with cancer.
£27 could pay for a Macmillan nurse for an hour.
£203 could pay for a Macmillan nurse for a day.
£1,014 could pay for a Macmillan nurse for a week.
£4,393 could pay for a Macmillan nurse for a month.
Macmillan nurses help people living with cancer and their families receive essential medical, practical and emotional support.

These figures above also apply for lymphoedema specialists, physiotherapists, dietitians, pharmacists, information radiographers, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists and palliative care nurses.

Social workers and family support workers

£26 could pay for a Macmillan social worker or family support worker for an hour.
£181 could pay for a Macmillan social worker or family support worker for a day.
£904 could pay for a Macmillan social worker or family support worker for a week
£3,917 could pay for a Macmillan social worker or family support worker for a month.
Social Workers or Family Support Workers work with community and social services agencies to help people manage the social and practical problems of living with cancer.

Running an information centre

£71 could help run a large Macmillan information and support centre for an hour.
£372 could help run a small Macmillan information and support centre for a day.
£569 could help run a large Macmillan information and support centre for a day.
£1,862 could help run a small Macmillan information and support centre for a week

Macmillan Support Line (0808 808 00 00)

Our support line is staffed by cancer support specialists. They are here for everyone affected by cancer, whatever they need. They can answer questions about cancer types and treatments, provide practical and financial support to help people live with cancer, and are there if someone just wants to talk.

£1,010 could operate our phone service for an hour. In this time, our cancer support specialists could answer 32 calls and emails from people who want questions answered, need practical or financial support, or just want to chat. (This figure is for an average hour; more people are helped during the phone service’s peak hours.)

I’ll leave it at that, but there is so much more they do from running there fantastic support website to giving people grants and helping with the costs that arise from the condition and it’s treatment.

Thank you.

Make a donation using Virgin Money Giving

What Happened This Week – 1st February 2014


Blog Posts From DevonTriHard This Week:

Training Update + How you can help
Less Thank 26 Weeks To Go
How To Be A Road Biker

Stuff From Around The Web

  1. Brownlee Triathlon – Dates and locations announced for both the North and South Brownlee triathlon
  2. Heated bar tape – Not a very accurate title there more like heated bar grips. A nice idea, but heated gloves sound nicer.
  3. World’s First Carbon Fiber 3D Printer – You wouldn’t download a bike…
  4. The Triathlon Spectators Training Program – This is one I’ll be sharing with the other half. Some great ideas from
  5. Dog Guards Owners Bike – This has got to be one of the best videos. Make sure you watch till the end

Less Than 26 Weeks To Go


I had saved this picture from the Ironman Facebook page a little while ago as a fun reminder to get out and train. Having logged onto my blog today I saw the counter in the corner had gone under 26 weeks. Race day is getting closer but still lots of training to do and lots of money to be raised.

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