Otepää Ironman 70.3 Race Report

We had the pleasure of taking part of the Otepää Ironman 70.3 in both 2016 and 2017.  Highly recommended. Read the full post »

What Can International Development Learn From Britain’s Olympic Team?

Getting on the bandwagon of identifying lessons from Team GB's relative success at the 2016 Olympic Games. Read the full post »

Share the Road

Why cyclists cycle in the middle of the lane. Read the full post »

The rules of the road

General rant about the ignorance of car drivers. Read the full post »
A stream flowing through the village of Arkesden in Essex

From wags to fens

Our ride from London to Cambridge (105km) Read the full post »
Picture of the Dell in Hyde Park with snow

London in the snow

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Map view of Monrovia on a geographical globe

The Liberia Marathon and 10km

The first Liberia Marathon is on 28 August 2011. Read the full post »

Seven tips for new runners

Lots of people decide to start running at this time of year, usually to lose weight, look after their health or control stress.   This year perhaps some people will have been inspired to become more sporty by the Queen’s Christmas Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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Great Ethiopian Run 2009

At the start of the Great Ethiopian Run Thirty four thousand runners gathered today in the capital of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, for Africa’s biggest road race, the Great Ethiopian Run.

Koreni Jelila and Tilahun Regassa won the women’s and men’s races respectively, both with new course records.… Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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Fine athletes, and us

Paula Radcliffe chatting with G at CastellisG and I had the privilege of joining great athletes and olympians including Haile Gebreselassie, Paula Radcliffe, Richard Nerurkar, Millon Wolde, Hugh Jones, and sponsors of tomorrow’s Great Ethiopian Run, for dinner at Castellis Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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Running for Fitness website updated

About six years ago I threw together a website, www.runningforfitness.org, to make running-related calculations (for example: if I can run a 10km in one hour, how long might it take me to run a half marathon?).

Today I’ve changed … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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China in Africa: plus ça change

Here in Ethiopia it is common for little children to shout ferenj when they see a white face.  I am told that this comes from the Amharic word for a French person, ፈረንሳዊ (pronounced färänsawi), because French people were among … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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Seen while running

Our Sunday runs start on Entoto, the mountain to the edge of Addis Ababa.  We start and finish at an altitude of about  3,000m.  Here are some things we’ve seen on our runs in the last two weeks:

  • a leopard,
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Dubai Marathon – Ethiopians get 8 out of top 10 men and women

In today's Dubai marathon, Ethiopians had 8 out of the top 10 men, and 8 of the top 10 women. Read the full post »

Entoto today

Tom (second from the left) visiting from the UK ran for the first time at altitude (his usual run is along the waterfront in Ayr).

More photos here.

Here’s the elevation graph:

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Sunday morning on Entoto

Running down again

We ran ten miles this morning at the top of Entoto with a great group of runners.  The Entoto national park is a beautiful place to run, with views across Addis Ababa.

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Running on New Year’s Day

Yesterday was New Year’s Day here in Ethiopia – it was the first day of 2001 on the Ethiopian Calendar. Grethe and I celebrated by going for a run in the hills overlooking the city.… Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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Aid Effectiveness

At the Asia Regional Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Manila.

Shocking fact – Afghanistan received 1,657 donor missions last year. That’s more than 4 a day, 365 days a year. How is a government supposed to govern properly if it … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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Africa Now Better for Business Says World Bank Report

The annual World Bank report, Doing Business, reports an improvement in the business environment in two thirds of countries in sub-Saharan Africa.  Tanzania and Ghana are in the top-ten improving countries this year. Other countries that have simplified regulations … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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Smoking the biometric crack

The Register reports Gordon Brown's interest in extending the ID cards scheme.

In the ID world according to Gordon, on the other hand, ID management will proceed down pretty much the path laid out by the architects of the ID

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