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 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…

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…

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…

Essential nutrition for trail runners

Nutrition, the process of providing or obtaining the food necessary for health and growth*, is a vital element of preparation for any sport. For trail runners, many of whom run long distances over many hours, it is particularly relevant. Ever wanted to know why sugary sports drinks don’t seem to be having the effect you expect…

Gargano Running Week

Here’s the answer to one of those questions that (might of) bugged you when you were little. What does it look like on the heel of the Italian boot? The area is called the Gargano Peninsular in Puglia and it is a fantastic place to run. Earlier in the year I attended a promotional week…

Cancelled Maxi Race

This has been a bit of a strange week for me running wise. Kris and I turned up to Lake Annency last weekend expecting (although not ready in my case!) to run the 83km Maxi Race. On arrival the weather was pretty dismal, it had been raining solidly for the last four days with snow…

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…

Trail Running in Mallorca

Over the last week I’ve been lucky enough to spend some time in Pollenca, Mallorca on a last minute family holiday. Having miserably nursed my injured foot for the last five and a half weeks, I thought it was about time I tentatively tested it out on some trails. Pollenca is located at the bottom…