Having the strength and confidence to let rip on a technical down hill, three quarters of the way into a 100km race in the middle of the night is probably the best thing ever. To trust your body and your shoes to bring you down 800m of switch backs and into the aid station ready … Continue reading CCC Baby!
“Make sure you drop your £1 in the collection box”. This is what the lovely lady serving cheese toasties at the final check point said to me and other runners as were preparing for the final climb and descent of the race. The collection box in question is mandatory on this race to help raise … Continue reading The Legendary Lakeland 50
When was the last time you spent time truly alone amongst people? I don’t think it happens a lot, it certainly hasn’t happened to me for a while. I remember in 2000 I went to Italy on my own and for around 10 days I was truly alone in a country where I couldn’t speak … Continue reading Steps of Joy and Pain
I have spent a little time over the last week thinking about when I would start this. I also spent some time during and straight after the race thinking about a theme for this blog. It was going to have a Lord of the Rings vibe because the race finished in Helmsley and I related … Continue reading Hardmoors…finally
At the end of 2020 I broke up my review of the year into months. I think that was because of what happened that year. It felt good to reflect on what I achieved each month in life and running. To put down in words that the year of covid (pt1) did actually have some … Continue reading 2021, another weird one!
Where do you see yourself in 6 years? This is a classic old school interview question about where you see your life going. For the interviewer to assess if you are ambitious and/or if you are likely to stay at the company if the career path is correct. Progression basically. This is usually gauged over … Continue reading That escalated quickly!
Around the end of November, we decided that it would be great to give a gift of photos to our parents this Christmas. I haven’t seen my dad all year and my mum only once. They have missed seeing what we have got up to this crazy year. We created a shared album and started … Continue reading 2020 a year in reflection
A lot can change in a few weeks, even a few days. Just a few weeks ago I started writing a blog about how I found myself running ultras and what they meant to me. I never quite finished it as so much has changed. To be honest I should have seen it coming, we … Continue reading What now?
Most people like surprises in one form or another. Well the good kind anyway. That moment when someone turns up at a party that you were not expecting. When a random act of kindness brings a huge smile to your face. Or a running PB comes out of nowhere and you are reduced to tears … Continue reading Time to Recce
On Thursday 9th January at 8.55am I was excitedly sat at my computer at home waiting for the clock to tick up to 9.00am. I was waiting for the UTMB ballot results to be announced. This was my 2nd attempt at getting into the CCC; I had two entries into said ballot and felt pretty … Continue reading PICKING YOUR TRAIL RACES…