Matt Barbet

Entries by Matt Barbet

'You Need to Get to Nice'

(2) Comments | Posted 15 July 2016 | (16:42)

"It's for you" my wife said, handing me her mobile. She'd already got up, but after a long and historic week - in fact, a long three weeks since the referendum - I went to bed without setting the usual 6am alarm, figuring my young daughters would wake me up...

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Justice For the 96 Who Died at Hillsborough - But Why Has It Taken So Long?

(4) Comments | Posted 26 April 2016 | (15:04)

I was 12 years old on that sunny Saturday of 15 April 1989 and I was a Liverpool fan. My father was, and is, ambivalent about football, but my staunchly Catholic grandfather, from Wallasey in Merseyside, was a Red, and would talk about going to watch them at Anfield, even...

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London Marathon - Afterwards

(0) Comments | Posted 25 April 2016 | (11:54)

I can confirm it is still as painful as I remember it. Six years may have passed since I first completed the London Marathon (which I blogged about here last week), and while it's changed a fair bit, some things remain constant.

It was certainly noisier and busier,...

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Confronting My Demons and Running the London Marathon Again

(3) Comments | Posted 21 April 2016 | (00:00)

The stabbing pain, like a hot poker in the side of my right knee, suddenly kicked in at around the 17-mile mark. Physically, it was agony, but mentally, I suppose I was expecting it. Up to that point, I had done pretty much everything wrong.

I was running the London...

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Tired and Tested

(1) Comments | Posted 9 October 2012 | (00:00)

As I write, I'm rubbing my eyes in vain, trying to wipe away the vague fug of tiredness that now seems to plague me most days during this time. By mid-afternoon, my circadian rhythm usually gets the better of me and I start to flag. Such is the effect of...

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