A few weeks ago I got The Snip. If you don’t know what I mean, a quick Google will soon inform you. The timing was good and the timing was bad. It came 2 days after I ran – or rather dragged myself round – the Scafell Skyrace (SSR), so I was already limping – […]Read More Snipped
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
Preface I have never finished last before. Milarrochy Bay Swim Festival Loch Lomond was like a mill pond, twinkling every time the sun broke through the clouds. What a beautiful morning and a glorious setting for my first ever open water swim festival. The hills and mountains ringing the loch were looking resplendent in their […]Read More I Finished Last!
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
Jo and I travelled up to the head of Glen Fyne on the Friday of the 2010 LAMM. This was to be our first mountain marathon so we weren’t sure what to expect. We’d had all the pre-event details from the LAMM website and although their website has all the information you need, the navigation, […]Read More lowe alpine mountain marathon, glen fyne 2010