Laying Myself Bare

“You cannot lay bare your private soul and look at it. You are too much ashamed of yourself.” – Mark Twain. I am depressed/suffering from depression. There, I’ve said it. I’ve made it public. That wasn’t easy. I’ve admitted it to myself numerous times, but saying it aloud, even to Jo, is very hard to do. This […]

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Skyrunning Comes to Scotland

On Saturday we headed up to Glen Coe to take in the eagerly anticipated Salomon Glen Coe Skyline race.  This would be the first time that Skyrunning has come to Scotland and boy was it a cracker! With our toddler and dog in tow we had no chance of getting from the north of Glasgow to the […]

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Running Alpe d’Huez

Today the penultimate stage of le Tour de France heads up the most famous climb in the Tour; Alpe d’Huez. 21 hairpin bends snaking impossibly up a relentless and stunning mountainside. 4 years ago Jo and I were working for a cycling tour operator. On a rare morning off we got a lift down to […]

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Noticing the detail when you run

A few weeks ago I headed out with my Nikon SLR to take some photos in a field next to my house. The reason I did was that every day when walking the dog in this field I become more aware of the detail within it. What was once ‘just a sheep field’ has become a whole world where the detail is incredibly beautiful.


I have found that being aware of the details and beauty, no matter how small, is a tremendous inspiration and motivator for running trails and pushing myself to run ultras.

Next time you think you are just running across ‘just a field’ take a moment to notice the detail around you. I promise it’ll put a spring in your step and a smile on your face.

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