While running the inaugural Scafell Skyrace recently I had a strange and rather disappointing experience. On the slopes ascending Scafell Pike I was aware that a up ahead of me on the trail was a runner who’d slowed to a walk. Let’s call him No.59. He wasn’t limping or showing any signs of being in […]Read More Mountain Etiquette – look after your fellow runners
“I was exhausted. I wanted it all to end. My legs were empty, my resolve was spent and my spirit was broken. I didn’t have anything left in me to go on. Stopping, I flaked out at the side of the trail, barely an inch away from where people were treading past. I didn’t care. […]Read More Maxi Race: much more than a DNF
On 28th June Jo and I ran the Marathon du Mont Blanc . The event was the showcase event of the ‘Marathon weekend’ which also hosted an 80km, 23km, 10km and a VK. Chamonix was awash with trailrunners in a cacophony of colour and the atmosphere over the weekend was fantastic (If I could bring a […]Read More Marathon du Mont Blanc
On Sat 30th July we took part in the Trail des 2 Lacs in la Plagne. Being part of the mammoth 6000D Tour de Geants (Tour of Giants) event, the Trail des 2 Lacs was a smaller version with 22km and 1100m of ascent. This was my first proper race in over a year (the […]Read More trail des 2 lacs
When I began trail running in October I didn’t expect to have gone from running 12 miles to 44 miles in less than 6 months. But here I was signed up to the Classic Quarter ultramarathon from Endurance Life; a challenging run along the South West Coastal Path from Lizard Point to Land’s End. After […]Read More lizard to land’s end: the classic quarter ultramarathon
After a few events at half marathon distance I’d decided to step up to marathon level. I was quite looking forward to the new challenge, but what resulted was an experience that I won’t forget in a long time. It all began on the Friday night. After 5 hours of driving immediately after work before […]Read More exmoor CTS marathon: how not to run a marathon.
This was only my second ever half marathon distance, so I was apprehensive about how I’d fare. I was still buoyed by my respectable 26th place finish in my first half marathon at the Dorset stage of the Endurance Life Coastal Trail Series. It was a bright, if somewhat breezy day, but the scenery more […]Read More south devon CTS half marathon