Journal

Trying hard up hills and often falling down them.

Race Report: Edale Skyline 2017

Preparation: Running through my typical pre-race routine the morning of Edale Skyline, it occurred to me it’s been a while since I’ve done a fell race. Surprisingly, in the lead up to the event I had been more relaxed than ever, not getting too nervous or stressed about the undulating 21 miles ahead of me. […]
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Race Report: Marmot Dark Mountains 2017

DNF – Did Not Finish. The three letters a runner never wants to hear. Marmot Dark Mountains was an incredible race. It was everything I had expected and more – testing navigation, brutal conditions and challenging terrain, the event certainly lived up to its reputation. However, despite having a fantastic time, it was also my […]
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Snowless Scottish Ski Tour!

The Plan The original plan was marvellous – or at least it was in my head… Between Christmas and New Year I would drive up to Aviemore where there would be the perfect amount of snow for a three-day ski tour. Here I would be travelling from bothy to bothy ticking off as many 4000ft […]
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I have walked 1000 miles, and I will walk 1000 more…

1609 kilometres, 160934400 centimetres, 2 million steps… However you want to measure it a thousand miles is a pretty long way! Over the course of last year, I’ve effectively covered the same distance as walking from the Peak District to Milan! I can tell you now; it’s not been easy or plain sailing, but #Walk2016 […]
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Race Report: Keswick Open5 Series

Last weekend I popped up to Keswick for the first of this year’s Open5 Series. For those of you who haven’t heard of Open5, these are a series of adventure races in which you have to navigate to as many checkpoints as you can within a five hour period, both on mountain bike and foot. Given […]
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Pre-OMM Adventures – Lessons Learnt & Memorable Moments

With the Original Mountain Marathon or OMM as it is better known, only days away I’ve started to get that excited, nervous feeling I get before any big event. The evenings have been spent arranging and rearranging my kit, trying to decide upon the perfect balance of minimalistic but still vaguely comfortable. That being said […]
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Beating my fear of running in the dark!

Unfortunately as Game of Thrones predicted ‘Winter is Coming’! With the first of October rolling in without warning I think I have to accept that the long sunny(ish) summer days are over, and while I am not yet resorting to the heavyweight down jackets and thermals, I am putting the short shorts away for another […]
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Race Report: Salomon Ring of Steall Skyrace

Wow, what a race! With some massive highs and a plenty of challenging moments, Salomon Ring of Steall Skyrace was epic and easily one of the most beautiful routes I have run this year. Rewinding to the beginning of the weekend… I arrived, slightly groggy after a 7 ½ hour drive, in Kinlochleven and headed […]
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