The road to Alhambra

If you are regular visitors to this blog you will know that I decided to pull out of the TransItalia Ultra next month. I got injured during the ThamesPath 100 and just haven't been able to put the miles in to prepare myself for the 266km, 50 hour dash across Italy. Never mind I did run across Italy in March albeit in a more leisurely

The road to Alhambra 2017-05-21T07:31:05+00:00

Ultra running and the concept of failure

If you are an Ultra Runner then the likelihood is that at some point you have "failed" to complete the course. The sheer logistics and mental strength required to try and run 50, 60 or even 100 miles make it more or less inevitable that at some stage you will hit the buffers . It can be for a myriad of reasons, gear failure, getting

Ultra running and the concept of failure 2017-05-12T21:31:54+00:00

The road to Cecina

The road to Cecina - So I had got to Day 7 and what should be my last day on my epic run across Italy. 260km and some 19,000 feet in the bag and just 40km to go; and what's more I had been promised it was downhill all the way and the sun might even come out too. I trotted through the cobbled streets

The road to Cecina 2017-04-17T13:28:00+00:00

TRANSITALIA – The next challenge!

Well I'm nearly ready for this one Transitalia 2017….. in that I've got a flight to Bologna and a hotel booked at the starting point, Cattolica. Other than that preparations are taking their normal shambolic shape. For those of you who don't know about my latest adventure, I'm following up my romp across Spain via the Pyrenees by running across Italy. This is part of

TRANSITALIA – The next challenge! 2017-04-16T12:48:21+00:00

Running on the edge

It was still dark outside as I put on my running gear for the umpteenth time. It was only day eleven of my journey across the Pyrenees but I felt as if I had been running for ever. Although it was early I was glad to be leaving the hotel - it was one of the very few places that I had encountered where the

Running on the edge 2016-12-21T22:03:44+00:00

Blood, sweat and tears

Blood, sweat and tears - a day in the life of an Endurance Runner I woke just after 5.00am - no alarm needed, my aches and pains providing the necessary wake up call. A quick shower and with teeth brushed I was ready for the next onerous task of the day - trying to find some clean running gear or perhaps I should say the

Blood, sweat and tears 2016-11-28T08:24:20+00:00

My Adventure Board – let’s make it happen!

Here's my adventure board! What's an adventure board you might ask? Well it's all the things that I want to make happen next - in no particular order they are: ♥ Interview Rich Roll ♥ Start making some vlogs ♥ Get an article placed with National Geographic ♥ Run across Italy ♥ Visit California and run along the Pacific Highway .... and this is just

My Adventure Board – let’s make it happen! 2016-11-28T08:25:16+00:00

Visca Catalunya!

Visca Catalunya - long live Catalonia! Catalonia - home to the breathtaking Pyrenees, the vibrant city of Barcelona and the gorgeous beaches of the Mediterranean, it really is the region that has it all. And of course it's a runners' paradise too, not surprising when you consider its most famous citizen is the great Kilian Jornet! But it's not Barcelona or the sandy beaches of

Visca Catalunya! 2016-11-28T08:26:09+00:00

My interview on the BBC!

Well I did it - I managed to complete my interview on the BBC without making a complete horlicks of it! It was fantastic day and great to get a view of what goes on behind the scenes. I was on with ballet dancer Wayne sleep (who was an absolute hoot) and bricklayer turned astronomer Gary Fildes who was a charming and very switched on

My interview on the BBC! 2016-11-28T08:26:23+00:00

Moving Mountains

In the summer of 2016, just after my sixtieth birthday and inspired by one of my heroes, Catalan ultra runner Kilian Jornet, I decided to embark on an odyssey to the Spanish Pyrenees. I resolved to run the length of the Pyrenees from Cap Higuer on the Atlantic coast to Cap de Creus on the Mediterranean Sea. The run would cover a distance of 500 miles

Moving Mountains 2016-11-28T08:26:45+00:00
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