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…

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…

Poole 10k and the Puddletown Plod 20k

Since the cancelled Maxi Race, I’ve managed to get two local races in, the Poole 10k and Puddletown Plod 20k. Poole 10k The Poole 10k is part of the Poole Festival of Running and has become one of the biggest 10k races in the south. It is a two lap route taking in Poole and…

Transgrancanaria Marathon 2013

1st March 2013 Garanon to Las Palmas, Gran Canaria 26.2 miles, 4000m +/- Gran Canaria- a Thomas Cook holiday destination of choice; sandy beaches, glorious national park and a good climate year round. My enduring memories of the island: running on a dry riverbed, heat, falling over, watching for several hours as every runner came…

Gore Tex Transalpine 2012

Wow. We did it. What an epic race. When Kris first entered me way back in December, I didn’t know much about the race. He wanted to do it, he needed a partner, I fit the bill. I only really looked at the course route and profile the week before and even then I hadn’t…