2017 –– triathlon and other stuff

December 20th, 2017 • Posted in Random Stuff |

It’s been a busy year for me with training and racing!  At the start of the year I decided to raise money for DKMS (the Delete Blood Cancer charity), after we sadly lost a very good family friend just before Christmas 2016.  I attempted one challenge per month for the whole of 2017.  January started with a 50 mile bike ride, and other challenges included half marathons, a couple of half ironmans, sportive bike rides, ascending the height of Everest in one month (on feet and two wheels), and running the 20 mile Monmouthshire 3 Peaks.  Some months were tougher than others, but I got it done.  Good fun.  You can still donate here.

I did some really tough races this year.  There was no ironman, but instead I entered one of the hardest half-ironman races there is, the Brutal in Snowdonia.  Brutal by name, brutal by nature, it started with a 1.2 mile swim in Lake Padarn––the coldest swim I’ve ever done––followed by a 60 mile 2 lap bike ride, taking in Pen-y-Pass and other tasty hills around Snowdon.  And then the run. One lap of the lake, and then up and down Snowdon.  Utterly brutal.  Totally brilliant.  I took just over 8 hours, and placed 29th out of 90 finishers.  I was very pleased with that, and I enjoyed the race so much that I’ve entered the full Brutal Iron Distance for next September.  This will likely see me doing at least some of the Snowdon ascent/descent in the dark.  Can’t wait!

In March I took on a solo circuit of the Monmouthshire Three Peaks, running as much of the route as I could.  This takes in the Blorenge, Sugarloaf and Skirrid mountains, a really hard few hours but very rewarding and lots of fun.  I parked at the bottom of the Skirrid, ran through Abergavenny to the base of the Blorenge, and from when I started ascending the Blorenge to when I finished I can’t have seen more than a dozen people.  Glorious.

May saw me racing the legendary and epic Blaenafon Triathlon.  Third time at this race for me, but the first time from the new Abergavenny base.  Not my best race of the year… I forgot the Saltstick tabs that I usually take on a hard hilly or long race to prevent cramps, and by the time I’d finished the hard bike ride –– up the Tumble, then up and over Llandynydr –– my legs were cramping.  A run up and down the Sugarloaf mountain didn’t help.  Lessons learnt here, for sure.

In June I raced the Cotswolds 113 middle distance, finishing in a little under 5:30.  Good race, great support from the NEWTs, I’ll be hitting the same route next year in the Cotswolds Classic.

In July I took part in the Velothon for the second time, taking on my nemesis from last year, Caerphilly Mountain.  With 80 miles in your legs, this is one of the hardest climbs around.  Last year I ground to a halt and fell off 100m from the summit, this year I did it.  Job done.  I finished the ride in under 5 hours too, very pleased with that.  I’m not sure I’ll do it again next year … the entry fee is a lot for riding roads I can train on anyway, but it is a really good event, and riding closed roads is always fun.

I did a couple of half marathons this year, as well as a few training runs that hit the distance too.  Most fun was the Broadway Half Marathon in the Cotswolds last month, proper muddy and hilly and the first time I’ve lost a shoe in mud. I found it again, eventually, but it was a soggy muddy run to the finish.  Loved it!

I’m enjoying triathlon and training for it as much as ever, and next year I’m not letting up.  As well as my main long race, the Brutal, I’ll be racing the Grafman and Cotswolds Classic (both middle distance) as well as others, and I’m hoping I’ll have a few more adventures on the way too.

And I have a new toy to help me on my way!

Happy Christmas!

 

 

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The Silence set visit and USA trip

November 8th, 2017 • Posted in Movie News, Random Stuff |

I’m just back from a very exciting trip to Toronto, where I visited set of The Silence movie. It was a strange, surreal and frankly brilliant experience, and I’ll write about it in a lot more detail closer to the movie’s release date (no spoilers here!).

Suffice to say, I was made to feel very welcome by all involved, and it was fantastic to meet everyone there.  I met so many people that names became a blur, but special shout out to director John Leonetti, genuinely one of the nicest guys.  It was a real pleasure to watch a true professional at work.

And then there was Stanley Tucci (see pic) and Kiernan Shipka, two lovely people who I’m so thrilled are in the movie. I didn’t meet the rest of the superb cast (details here) — they weren’t there for the scenes being filmed — but the visit cemented my belief that the book is in the best hands possible.  I firmly believe it’s going to be THE horror movie of 2018. Watch this space for more.

After Toronto, I flew to Boston. It was great to visit my American brother Christopher Golden and his family, see loads of old friends at the Merrimack Valley Halloween Book Festival, and then stop off in New York on the way home. I spent some time with my excellent agent Howard Morhaim, and had a load of really productive meetings with editors.

The trip of a lifetime. Loads more about the movie soon, but meantime why not check out the book before it hits the big screen?

Take it easy.

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UK/US appearances in the next two weeks

October 13th, 2017 • Posted in News |

If you want to catch up with Tim and say hello, or get some things signed, then tomorrow – Saturday October 14th – Tim will be at the Bristol Horror Con which is taking place at the Doubletree by Hilton between 10:00 and 18:00.  At 1pm Tim will be hosting a panel on “Horror – How dark do you like it”.  Further details can be found at the website here.

Alternately if you are in the US next weekend then Tim will be a guest at the Merrimack Valley Halloween Book Festival.

The MERRIMACK VALLEY HALLOWEEN BOOK FESTIVAL 2017 will be held on Saturday, October 21st, 2017, from 10am till 4:30pm. Once again, the event will be held at the Haverhill Public Library (Haverhill, MA) and is FREE and open to the public.

More information can be found here, whilst a list of attending authors can be found here.

Have fun.

 

 

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Fantasycon

October 3rd, 2017 • Posted in News |

Tim on panel duty with Simon Clark over the weekend.  If you went I hope you had a great time.

 

 

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Fantasycon

September 27th, 2017 • Posted in News |

Tim will be attending Fantasycon at The Bull Hotel in Peterborough this weekend.  He will be on the following two panels:-

Saturday 3:30 – Other People’s Playgrounds

Saturday 5:30 – Books to Screen to Audio

Outside of the panels he will be available all weekend if anyone wants anything signed, even books!

Have fun if you are going, and if you want more details about Fantasycon then head over to the website here.

 

 

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The Silence – more casting news

August 30th, 2017 • Posted in News |

 Here’s some more really exciting casting news about the forthcoming movie of The Silence!  Shooting is scheduled to begin in September, so there’ll be more soon.  Meanwhile, why not pick up the book so you can read it before the movie’s out?

 

 

 

 

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News round

August 28th, 2017 • Posted in News |

There is now a newsletter delivered direct to your inbox with updates every so often.  If you would like to receive this then fill in the box over on the right hand side of the screen.

As mentioned below Dusk is now available as an ebook, details on the dedicated page here.  There will be more ebooks to follow.

Recently announced, and due out next year is an epic new fantasy novel, “Blood of the Four”, co-written with Christopher Golden and coming to you in hardcover from HarperVoyager next March!  More details to follow.

There is a new interview with Tim over at “The Novel Blog” which you can find here.

Tim’s short story, “Finding Mary”, will be available in “Visionary Tougue” coming soon from Newcon press.  The order page is here.

Finally if you are within striking distance of Bristol then Tim is a guest at the Bristol Horror Con on October 14th, all the details can be found on their website here.

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DUSK now available as an ebook

August 23rd, 2017 • Posted in Book News, Random Stuff |

The first book from the new incarnation of Dreaming in Fire press is out now, and it’s the British Fantasy Award-winning DUSK!

Here are the Amazon links. Please check it out:

Amazon UK

Amazon US

Find out more on its dedicated book page.

I do hope you’ll pick this up! Please let me know what you think.

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Happy Birthday Tim

July 31st, 2017 • Posted in News |

Yes it’s that time of year again, when we stop Tim running, swimming, biking and writing to sit down and enjoy some cake.

 

 

 

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The Silence – Film news

June 29th, 2017 • Posted in Movie News |

The Silence is moving closer to the big screen.  John Leonetti is the director with Kiernan Shipka and Stanley Tucci set to star.

The film is currently in pre-production with principal photography set to start in September.

More details can be found over at deadline.com by following the links here and here.

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