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Competition

This is your chance to win a first edition, signed copy of ‘Around The Races In Eighty Days’, the blockbuster that has taken a very small part of the literary world by storm! To enter, simply answer the ten questions…
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Book

You may have noted that for the first time in its brief history, this organisation has gone more than a week without a new blog being posted. ATRIED phonelines were flooded, in an entirely made up kind of way, by…
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Each To His Own

I have a dark secret, something that I’ve never admitted to my friends or colleagues before. The Wife and my boys know, of course, and have fallen into a grudging acceptance over the years that now borders on a sympathetic…
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Sonny and Charlie

Controversy marred the end of a sparkling Rugby World Cup tournament at the weekend as footage emerged of extraordinary scenes after the Final, which New Zealand won to become the first team to retain the trophy. If you have been…
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A New Beginning

Until last Friday, I hadn’t been racing since I finished my eighty day odyssey, a gap of almost five months. It’s not that I’d had enough of it. I’ve been busy, and to be honest I usually take a break…
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Whole In One

It was refreshing to learn this week that there are other people out there just as crazy as me. One in particular is a guy called Richard Ward, who three years ago in aid of Sport Relief ran a mile…
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One Man

One Man died on 3 April 1998. In the Mumm Melling Chase at Aintree he failed to get high enough at the ninth fence and broke a hind leg. There, I’ve written it now. It must be true. I think…
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Colours

My bona fide Atried press credentials failed to impress the good people at Rugby World Cup Media Operations sufficiently for them to accredit my late application for free tickets. In the end I was extraordinarily lucky for a spare ticket…
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Marathon

When I was a younger man I decided I was going to row a marathon. I had owned a rowing machine since a knee injury sustained playing football at university which meant that, in order to avoid appearing on a…
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Oaksey House

Yesterday the Injured Jockeys Fund Christmas catalogue flopped onto my doormat, festooned with festive items and present ideas for the horsey devotees in your family. The warm images hide the reality behind the fundraising, but the newsletter that accompanies the…
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Picture Quiz

To celebrate the opening of my New Gallery it’s quiz time, with ten previously unseen images from my journey – simply name the racecourse! Please send answers on a postcard to an elderly relative. 1) 2) 3) 4) 5) 6)…
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Gambling

“We had taken, in our own terms, the ultimate risk; we had gone to unusual lengths to do so; and the loss of all our worldly goods seemed a small price to pay for so inspiriting an adventure. We were…
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Pineapple

I am reminded, as I find myself in the fortunate position of enjoying a bonus Kit Kat Chunky that had been foolish enough to stray too close to my laptop, what a marvellous thing food really is. The extraordinary breadth…
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ATRIED in Numbers

0 – Penalty points accumulated whilst driving (perhaps the longest-priced winner of the tour, other than the next entry?) 0 – Pounds (lbs) gained (medical science is still puzzled by this, and it may well form the basis of the next Horizon…
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Reflections

More than a month has passed since Stratford, and as the dust has slowly settled on my grand tour I have been able to gain perspective on the thing, in the same way that you can only really gauge the…
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Kauto Star

Okay, so here’s the deal: Today you were all set for a retrospective of my eighty-day odyssey, a reflection on my so very personal journey. Instead events overtake us, as they often do, even in the slightly-removed but so very…
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Never Do This

As a father I have often considered words of wisdom to impart to my offspring at an appropriate moment. Look both ways before crossing the road, under no circumstances should you ever read the Daily Mail, and perhaps most important…
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The Final Reckoning

When non-gamblers asked me about my quest the first question was usually “What on earth are you doing that for?” When gamblers asked, it was almost invariably “Are you ahead?” The truth is that until this week I didn’t actually…
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The Neils

In my very own version of the Oscars, I shall unveil the un-eagerly-awaited highs (and lows) of my eighty-day tour. There are no gold statuettes for the winners (although those whose achievements are recognised are free to print off their…
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