Michael Goolaerts – Part 2

I am sure many of you will have seen the tragic footage by now. He was dead on the bike. He came around the corner and went straight on into the bank with no effort to protect himself or steer. It was shocking. There was this statement, widely reproduced: “The autopsy confirms the previous hypothesis … Continue reading Michael Goolaerts – Part 2


Michael Goolaerts

I was going to write about something else this weekend. But then I read that Michael Goolaerts had a cardiac arrest at Paris-Roubaix. He reportedly had a cardiac arrest after a crash and received CPR at the roadside. We don't know much more at the time of writing. He may have simply crashed and struck … Continue reading Michael Goolaerts


I have been in the 48:30s for my 10Ks so far. Mo Farah can sleep soundly in his bed. My fastest 10K, according to Strava, came during the Bristol Half Marathon last year (surprisingly). On Tuesday night, in my Nike’s I ran 46:31. About 2 minutes faster. So the shoes are better in the real … Continue reading 46:31

More Good News If You Are

An elite athlete. Shortly after writing my previous post, suggesting Tour de France riders live longer than normal people, I came across another study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. It was entitled "Mortality and health-related habits in 900 Finnish former elite athletes and their brothers". The link is here.   They looked at … Continue reading More Good News If You Are

End of the year

I think most of us reflect on what we have achieved in the past year. For me, it's been a mixed year with regards to exercise. I did my first sprint and Olympic distance triathlons. I completed my first marathon for 16 years (I only ran one before) - in just under 4 hours. But … Continue reading End of the year

Mortality during Marathons – A Review of the Literature – As before, but not as an embedded word file

I have updated this post now. Previously I just attached the word file - time constraints. But today I have some time, so here goes. As far as I can tell, this is the most complete analysis of the data that exists to date. A search using the term “Marathon” and “Death” or “Mortality” on … Continue reading Mortality during Marathons – A Review of the Literature – As before, but not as an embedded word file