It’s just before 8am and I’m standing in a field of a private school just outside the lake district on a beautiful Saturday morning. I should have finished the CCC a few hours earlier in the town of Chamonix. How did I find myself here though? Well, it’s a funny story really. On the train … Continue reading I HEART THE LAKES
The following is a tale of a long run. It contains open discussion of bodily functions and comes with parental advisory for explicit language. This tale will follow the classic Hollywood format of a 3-act structure. This is applied in nearly all movies and use these devices to tell the story. SetupConfrontationResolution It’s a classic … Continue reading It’s not a jar, it’s a gate.
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…
It’s the end of the year, well it’s the end of November but in running terms it is for me. December sees me start a new plan with new goals for 2020. I’ve just had 6 weeks off plan, my off season if you will. I’ve been running, been to the gym, partied, chilled out … Continue reading 2019, A YEAR OF LEARNING
Do you ever find yourself singing in the woods? A song just pops into your head and the chorus just goes on a loop and it becomes your mantra, that thing that will carry you to the end, where the pain will stop and a tear will form. Well this happened to me at some … Continue reading IF THE WOODS HAD EARS
As I ran up alongside a fellow competitor I noticed a Lakeland 100 tattoo on his ankle. We got to talking as is traditional on the trails. It turned out he had run this race a couple of years ago and had also done the Lakeland 50, 4 times. For those that don’t know, these … Continue reading I’m not a fell runner