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Pre-race Thoughts Ahead of The 2018 Lakeland 100

I am not sure where I even begin with this one, such has been the roller coaster ride to get to this point. My build-up Twelve months ago I made the decision to travel north to Coniston for my second running of Lakeland 100. My original plan, to follow-up my successful completion in 2016, was a sub 30-hour attempt in…

Race Report: The 2018 HEINEKEN Race to The Tower

Well where do we even begin with this one? As I initially sat down to write this report, I was not even sure I could recollect all of the course, such was the wave of emotion and mental turmoil that I suffered during this race. Donโ€™t get me wrong, the event itself is superb. Professionally organised by the team at…

Pre-race thoughts ahead of The HEINEKEN Race to The Tower

Well what a twelve months it has been! This time last year I was in my final build towards Pennine Barrier, having had osteitis pubis diagnosed but confident I could still start Lakeland 100. A year later and despite a great run at Pennine Barrier, my hips fell apart shortly afterwards. With a DNF at Lakeland, a stress fracture in…

New Running Horizons – An Injury Update

Firstly, many apologies for the months of delay since my last post on here. I am guessing those of you who follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Strava, will have been keeping up to date with my return from injury. For those that donโ€™t, well here is a run fly through of what has been happening in recent weeks,…

My Review of 2017. A Year of Two Halves

Well that is another year wrapped. One that started so well and finished in a totally different place than I had originally planned. The racing year 2017 started quickly and within a couple of weeks I was into my first A race of the year, standing in a cold and snow laden Edale on the start line of The Spine…

A change of track for my run into 2018

Well the day has finally arrived, one which I had been hoping to avoid but had slowly crept up on me none the less. In reality it was always going to happen but over the preceding days, weeks and months I had hoped against hope it wouldnโ€™t be true. Sitting here now I know it was always going to end…

Pre-race Thoughts Ahead of The 2017 Lakeland 100

Well here we are again, it’s Lakeland 100 week and my build up has once again been less than ideal. Last year I had flu to overcome. This year I thought I would up the anti and opted for four weeks off running throughout July with a painful glute/hip injury – fabulous! Lets wind the clock back a little. Build-up…

Race Report: The Pennine Barrier 50 Mile Ultra Marathon

Well that’s my third race of the 2017 season ticked off and phew, what a scorcher! Prior to the race I outlined my pre-race objectives as usual, and I am pleased to say that I managed to knock them all out of the park, finishing in joint 13th place in a time of 11:13. Right well that is the high…

Pre-race Thoughts on The Pennine Barrier 50 Ultra Marathon

Well after a near four month hiatus from racing, the day is finally approaching and this Saturday at 6am, all being well, I will start the Pennine Barrier 50 Ultra. This is a new event from GB Ultras, the same team that bring you Ultra Great Britain, Liverpool to Manchester and Chester Ultra’s. Starting in Malham, we follow the same…

Thoughts ahead of the LDWA Winter Poppyline

Tomorrow is my birthday and as a special treat from my family I have entered the Long Distance Walkers Association (LDWA) Winter Poppyline, a 50 mile loop around North Norfolk. For a number of years I have wanted to take part in a LDWA event, which have a great reputation of being friendly events, well organised and open to runners…

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