The Training Ticks Blog

Olympic Park Half Marathon: Race Review

By Pete on 2019-02-11

A brand new event on the calendar for 2019, the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Half Marathon somehow packs 21 km into the space of about 2.5 square km, keeping within the grounds of the park for the full route. As my first race of the year and with the memories it brought back for me I decided it would be worth a little write-up.

I was a regular visitor during those magical few weeks 7 years ago as London hosted the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, so I entered the event curious to explore the park in its newer guise. That it was taking place on a cold, damp and windy February morning made for a fitting contrast to those sunny August days when I’d come along to watch athletics, cycling and even some handball.

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How and why I started Training Ticks

By Pete on 2019-02-03

As much as I’d like to develop Training Ticks into a great product that helps to serve all the needs that runners and other athletes have, it’s also a vehicle for my own learning and personal development. With that in mind I’ve decided to start chronicling the journey through a blog, partly because I hope it will be interesting to others, but also because I’d like to get better at writing content. My posts are probably going to hop about fairly randomly between topics ranging from running itself through to product development, and maybe the odd bit of techie stuff too. For this first post I’ll keep it simple and write about how I started out on the journey.

I’ve been working with backend databases for my whole working life, but I’ve started to become more involved in product development in my latest role, and I was getting a bit of an itch for the idea of building something from scratch. I wanted to give myself a personal project that would allow me to learn about and apply some ideas on frontend / customer-facing stuff, both from a software development and product perspective...

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