The Chelsea Macbeth

I’m teaching Macbeth to Year 9 this term. We were exploring the Captain’s speech, which describes the brute power of Macbeth, and I suggested that Macbeth is like Chelsea’s Diego Costa, who had been instrumental in Chelsea’s victory over Arsenal last weekend. A number of the boys got it completely with that analogy, so I started exploring it further. This is just a bit of fun, and I don’t want anyone to take it seriously in any way, but here’s the Chelsea Macbeth…

Jose Mourinho is King Duncan, presiding over the Champions of England.

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Has Running in London Caused me to Develop Asthma?

Brown Inhaler

Over the past 18 months I have developed exercise-induced asthma. Are there others who have developed this condition since running regularly around London or other cities? It took me a long time to recognise my symptoms, so I wanted to share my experience and ask if others have had similar experiences.

April 2014. I was running along Embankment with Run Dem Crew Elites. I’d been speedy as ever over the first ten minutes of our run but along our favourite stretch for suicide pace I just couldn’t seem to move as fast as usual. I was wheezing, and it felt like I was running through toffee. I’d had an emotional day and put it down to that, not expecting to give it another thought. Read More

Crew Chronicles 3: WMNRUN100

CC3 Sorrell Crew

This week’s Run Dem Crew was a celebration. Season 17 began, and there were long queues out of our home at 1948 down Bateman’s Row. It was great to see some old faces back for the new season, like Rachel Bonner and Leanne Graham, and I managed to chat to a couple of the new recruits, remembering how it felt when I walked through those doors for the first time. Claire McGonegle had worked her magic and brought with her the very limited edition Run Dem Crew vests that people ordered a while back- big ups to her and everyone else involved in making this happen. I believe registration is now locked off, so thank you to Martin for making it run so smoothly. Read More

Run It Out- Robin Arzon SOS

Robin Arzon is an inspirational sweat ambassador and role model within the global running and fitness community. For years a key part of the Bridge Runners crew in New York, she has played a role in elevating women’s running to where it is today, paving the way for ladies like Sorrell Walsh to pick up the torch, taking 52 women to this weekend’s Race to the Stones ultra marathon. Photographer Tara Darby  was inspired by Robin when training for her first half marathon, and flew to the U.S. to film Robin as she ran 5 marathons in 5 days across the Utah desert to raise money for MS Research. Tara needs to raise £15000 to finish the film, Run it Out, to the highest possible standard.

With 5 days to go on a Kickstarter campaign, here, this is an SOS.

Can you contribute as little as £5 to the project?

Can you share this post on social media so that others can help? 

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Crew Chronicles 2: Find the Youngers


It says a lot about Run Dem Crew that I was excited to make the 80 minute round trip to Shoreditch even though I couldn’t run this week. I’m injured, but the chance to check in with my second family was too good to be missed. At Run Dem Crew, Housekeeping, which can last from 20 minutes to an hour- is one of the highlights of every Tuesday: a chance to hear what’s coming up in the future and what successes others have had in the past weeks. And I was dead excited about this week’s special event, which has been masterminded by our latest group of Youngers. Read More

Crew Chronicles 1: Beat the Bus

BtB Legend
Run Dem Crew is a collective of creative runners who meet every Tuesday to explore London by cover of night. To those on the outside, it can be hard to understand what’s so special about the crew and what makes it different from an ordinary running club. I’m hoping my posts will help change that. Over the remainder of the summer, I’m pledging to celebrate each Tuesday session with a blog post, which will ideally come out on the following Wednesday. To kick things off, I’m going back to the last session, when we ran the legendary Beat the Bus race. Read More