Andy Falconer




“Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end; then stop.” Lewis Carroll

“Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it.” Oprah Winfrey

“Do or Do Not. There is no Try.” Yoda

I used to run when I was in my teens and early twenties then bad knees put an end to it. 15 years and 4 arthroscopies later, at the age of 40, I started again. My wife had taken up running, and that sowed the seed to start again. I visited a sports podiatrist who made me some orthotic insoles which seemed to get rid of the knee pain. My first ‘run’ in 15 years was in April 2011, a half mile jog after which I threw up in the gutter and had to walk home. A year later I ran the Paris Marathon in 4.11 (April 2012), my first ever marathon, & then in October 2012 I ran the Berlin Marathon with my wife, in 3.58. I’ve now got the bug and have joined a running club, Knavesmire Harriers in York, and have completed a 33 mile ultra and 40 mile ultra marathon in the Scotland. This section is where I will share some of the interesting bits and pieces I come across on my running journey, whether it be running 3 marathons in 7 weeks (Connemara, London, Lake Windermere) or trying to run all the Olympic city marathons. I’ve now run 13 marathons and 2 ultra-marathons since 2011.

Latest Running Posts

Kielder Marathon 1st October 2016

5 Oct 2016 | Leave a Comment |

26.2 miles of marathon running in one of the most stunning settings in the UK. 2,000’ of ascent. kielder-4600+ other runners. What better way to spend a Sunday morning.


The Kielder Marathon describes itself as the UK’s most beautiful, and on a cold, bright sunny autumn morning it was hard to disagree. It had been an early start to drive the 2 and a half hours up from York, leaving enough time to catch the shuttle bus from Read the rest of this entry »

My First 50 Mile Ultra Marathon – The John Lucas Round Strathaven 50

16 Aug 2015 | 3 Comments |

50 miles. It doesn’t sound like much. Until you think Ultra Routeit’s like running a marathon, staggering across the finish line, turning round instead of collecting your medal, and running the route again. I’ve run a few marathons in the last 3 years and ran the Glen Ogle Ultra (33 miles) in 2012 in 6 hours, but that was a few years ago. So why try and run 50 miles?

Several reasons. Read the rest of this entry »

Barcelona Marathon 15th March 2015

28 Mar 2015 | 2 Comments |

Most running magazines would say that 12-16 weeks is the best timeframebarca vest to get ready to run a marathon. Hmmm, try 5 weeks! I was forced to have 7 months off running after stress fractures to my pelvis, followed by training too hard too soon, resulting in abductor and glute problems. The wonderful Lucy Gledhill at Coach House Sports Physiotherapy Clinic in Leeds got me back on my feet – but with just 5 weeks to go. Read the rest of this entry »

A Marathon In Every Country?

26 Dec 2013 | 9 Comments |

I am trying to draw up a list of all of the countries in the worldmarathon countries which hold an annual marathon, along with a link to ONE marathon which takes place in that country. I know what you’re thinking: this guy needs to get a life! Anyway, this is the list I’ve come up with so far. If you know of a marathon in a country that is still empty can youput the country name and a weblink in the ‘Comments’ box below or contact me on Twitter @andyfalconer.

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Helsinki Marathon 17th August 2013

21 Aug 2013 | Leave a Comment |

I decided to run the Helsinki Marathon as part of my ‘do before I die’ wish to run all of the Olympic city marathons. I’ve done Paris, London and Berlin and this one was in the school holidays that meant I could do it. Helsinki also hosted the World Athletics Championships in 2005, so being able to finish the marathon by running into the Olympic stadium and around the track would be a very special feeling.


The Helsinki Marathon is sponsored by Gatorade and is relatively small, with 5,400 runners (1,000 of whom were from outside of Finland). Unusually for a marathon the start time is Read the rest of this entry »

Article on Marathon Running Exploits for Get Kids Going!

4 Jun 2013 | Leave a Comment |

Andy York Marathon article

Windermere Marathon 19th May 2013

28 May 2013 | Leave a Comment |

My reason for signing up for the Brathay Winderemere Marathon   in the English Lake District was two-fold. Firstly, it routinely appears in lists of the most beautiful marathons (2nd most popular marathon in Runner’s World magazine 2011), and secondly I spent four years living in Ambleside in my student days & so it would be a trip down memory lane.

Lake Windermere is the largest lake in England & Wales and is surrounded by hills. It’s quite remarkable that it is virtually exactly 26.2 miles around it by public roads! The marathon is run as a fundraiser by the Brathay Trust, which exists to improve the Read the rest of this entry »

London Marathon 21 April 2013

27 Apr 2013 | Leave a Comment |

What a different experience for the second of my “2 marathons in 2 weeks” challenge. London Marathon 20132 weeks ago it was a couple of hundred runners, no spectators, 1000’ of ascent and a gale force wind. For the London marathon I was one of 37,000 runners, with 700,000 spectators lining the entire route and I ended up with sun burnt shoulders!

Having run the Paris and Berlin marathons in the last 12 months I thought I knew what to expect from a big city marathon. Read the rest of this entry »

Connemara Marathon 7th April 2013

10 Apr 2013 | Leave a Comment |


The Connemara Marathon is the first of 3 marathons in 7 weeks for me, so the plan was to run it as slowly as possible in order to preserve my body for the London Marathon in two weeks time, when I’ll try to run a PB.

The Connemara marathon, in stunning scenery on the west coast of Ireland, certainly lives up to its billing as Read the rest of this entry »