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We’re back after another weekend off, one which gave me the chance to reflect on two incredible matches against Edinburgh.

I have to say just how impressed I was with the team spirit during both matches.

From the moment everyone arrived at Armadale it was clear that we had the potential to get a result even without the injured Jye and Nikolaj who was preparing to win his Danish Championship round.

That left us two influential riders short on-track and off it I was unable to offer the usual level of energy and support for my team-mates as my own energy was being sapped by a stomach bug.

We were also missing Dave Howe in the pits as he was in Denmark with NBJ so for our team to not only hold strong at Edinburgh but to run them so close was an amazing effort and proof again that the 2019 Bandits mean business.

If you followed the return fixture on updates you’d probably think it was a simple enough 18 point victory.

However, a heavy late afternoon shower meant the track was a lot different from previous meetings this year.

Past Berwick teams have often struggled to adapt to unexpected conditions and often our changeable coastal weather would be enough to unsettle them and lead to surprise results at Shielfield.

However, the 2019 Bandits are from a different mould and adapted superbly as, with the help of guest Matty Wethers, we sent the Monarchs home without the sniff of a point.

Everybody had scored well over the weekend but more importantly had shown they were able to work outside their comfort zone to ensure the teams’ success.

After recovering from my stomach bug it was straight into training for the Oxford half-marathon in October.

To be honest I am not much of a runner, like everyone else I did it when I was a kid playing sports but I never chose to just run.

As speedway became my life so did niggling injuries and far too much time spent travelling so, even though I was at a decent level of fitness, my body didn’t like running any more.

Flash forward a decade or so and luckily I have my MTB-ing base fitness to fall back on so my main focus will be running technique.

I need to learn how pace myself and use less energy but, probably more importantly, this will be a great time to correct a few old niggles and make sure I’m 100% for the run.

I have received my race pack and set up a Virgin Money Giving page so you can stay up to date with how my training is going through this blog, my programme column and via social media.

If you would like to support me as I raise funds and awareness for a cause that is close to my heart check out my Facebook and Instagram accounts or catch me after another big Bandits’ win or go to Virgin Money Giving and search Kevin Doolan to donate.