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…

Race Report – White Rose Ultra 100 mile – Yorkshire

The White Rose Ultra 2015.   This is the first time organisers Team OA have organised a 100 mile event, which consists of 3 loops of their 30 mile course with a 10 mile additional loop tagged onto the beginning.  There were aid stations every 5 miles and all in all for the reasonably priced entry fee…

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…

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…

Race Report – Transvulcania Ultra Marathon – Spain

Transvulcania Ultra Marathon Transvulcania 2015   (Photos after all the writing) Having done the Transalpine (2012) and TransGrancaneria (2013), I should have been weary of entering theTransvulcania, trans now being synonymous with ‘painful’ or ‘sever discomfort’.   With 44 miles and 4200meters of climb I didn’t expect it to be too bad but I really…

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…