OCC 2016

OCC Orsieries – Champex – Chamonix 25th August 2016 55km – 3,500 metres ascent Tugging the borrowed hotel blanket over me as I attempted to get comfortable on the cold, concrete floor – I wondered, not for the first time, what actually possessed me to enter and run mountain races? Here I was, having caught…

The Ox Marathon 2016

22nd May 2016 White Star Running Ox Marathon It’s been two years since I’ve run a marathon. The last was towing the line at the gloriously sunny London Marathon in 2014. Today, as I was kindly given a lift by Jo and Sarah from Westbourne Running Club, the weather didn’t look as promising! I was…

UTMB 2015

Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc 28th – 30th August 2015 170km – 10,000 metres ascent UTMB week in Chamonix is essentially a vision of heaven for trail runners. Surrounded by epic scenery, fantastic weather, an expo with every running item, shoe or gadget you could think of (even a stand personalising UTMB buffs!), elite runners…

UTMB jitters…

In four days time, I will be lining up in Chamonix town centre with 2300 runners for the start of the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc – a roughly 100 mile (apparently more like 104 mile) circular race through the Alps with 10,000 metres of climb and a cut off of 46hours 30 minutes. I…

Mont Blanc Marathon 80km 2015

26th June 2015 Mont Blanc Marathon 80km 82 km, ascent between 5628m – 7735m, highest point 2645m When I first shared this race profile, a comment I received was, “don’t worry, it only looks like that because they have squeezed it on to one page. It won’t be that steep”. I can tell you now…the…

Centurion NDW 50 2015

16th May 2015 Farnham – Knockholt Pound, via the North Downs Way 50ish miles – 1700m elevation 13 hour cut off When I finished the NDW 50 last year, I was so physically and mentally exhausted that I didn’t do another race for 10 months. The goal for the 2015 edition then was to finish…

The ‘Half’ Oner

11th April 2015 Charmouth – Portland – Weymouth 40ish miles This is almost my home race, finishing about a mile from where I currently live, so I was excited to finally have it down in the diary. It is a beast of a race, 82 miles over the pretty unforgiving South West Coastal Path with…

Some of my favourite runs

A look back at some of my favourite runs since I started my blog in 2012. A lot of the photos were taken by Kris who runs most races with a camera and takes some pretty awesome shots along the way. This year we both have a place in the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc…

Centurion NDW 50 2014

17th May 2014 Farnham – Knockholt Pound, via the North Downs Way 50.8 miles – 1700m elevation 13hr30min cut off Saturday was a hot day. Read any blog or race report from the 2014 NDW 50 and you will find that all mention the heat in some way. In fact it only reached 23c on…