The Pyongyang Marathon, North Korea

The following is my own opinion and not that of Kyoto Tours. At the age of 5, I flew for the first time for a family ski holiday to Austria. I remember the experience vividly. My blue leather shoes, the in-flight magazine and the strange sensation in my stomach, courtesy of the turbulence. It may have been a few decades since I took that inaugural flight,  but today I was feeling that same uneasiness about flying, something that I had not […]

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Marathon 6/7: Africa, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe – June 2015

As I began to prepare for my penultimate marathon, the thought of running 26.2 miles on the continent of Africa was a daunting one. Maybe it was the thought of arid deserts, shimmering in the heat, bringing back memories of my marathon in Sri Lanka, or the fact that Africa was the home to long distance running, that made the prospect even more foreboding. My choice of African marathons was a tough one. There are a variety of stella options including:  The […]

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Coming last in the Colombo Marathon – October 2012

It was 2am and unable to sleep, I tossed and turned in the heat of the Sri Lankan night. The fan whirred above my head and despite having a net to protect me from the hungry mosquitos, one had managed to find a way in and was buzzing near my ear. Maybe it was the ironic worry of not getting enough sleep that was keeping me awake or the thought of what I had possibly forgotten to prepare for the […]

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Marathon 4/7: Melbourne, Australia – October 2012

After my hardest and slowest marathon in Sri Lanka just 7 days earlier, I was heading to Australia to run another 26.2 miles in Melbourne. When you fall off a metaphorical horse it can be easy to give up, or let the setback affect you mentally. Fortunately I had no time to think negatively. When I arrived at Melbourne airport, I was greeted by a cousin who I had never met before. He was using an enlarged, printed photo from […]

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Marathon 2/7 – Europe: Italy, Pisa – December 2011

With it’s 2000 year old buildings, the best possible food for marathon carb loading and the alluring smell of coffee shops and bakeries on every corner, can you think of a better country to run a marathon than Italy? My first marathon in New York City was a roller coaster of anticipation, excitement and energy that reached a peak as I felt the sense of accomplishment on crossing the finish line. The whole experience had a profound effect on me, […]

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Marathon 5/7: South America, Rio De Janiero, Brazil – July 2014

Despite hearing numerous stories of how wonderful South America is, it has taken me 32 years to travel to any country further south than Panama (within the Americas). During my planning for my South American Marathon, it occurred to me that the 2014 World Cup was happening only a few weeks before the Rio marathon. Once I realized this opportunity, there was no question as to which marathon I should run in South America. My tentative plan was to fly […]

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