A passion rekindled

OK  I admit it - I've been in a slump lately and I've lost a bit of my mojo. It's not that I've fallen out of love with running but more like running has fallen out of love with me and it's time to do something about it. The reasons why we runners gravitate to ultra running are manifold. It might be for the more

A passion rekindled 2017-08-10T07:52:58+00:00

Ultra Trail – Sierra Nevada

Really excited to be back on the road again, this time to Granada, Spain for the Ultra Trail Sierra Nevada. 63 kms through the blistering heat and mountains of the beautiful Sierra Nevada. Fortunately we've had a heat wave here in the UK (i.e. It hasn't rained for 7 days straight!) but my Spanish friends have warned me that I ain't seen nothing yet with

Ultra Trail – Sierra Nevada 2017-07-02T19:39:48+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

Trans Italia 2016

With the Pyrenees well and truly in the rear view mirror, its time to turn my attention to the next great challenge- running across Italy from the Adriatic to the Mediterranean - Trans Italia 2016. I've found a route that starts in Cattolica and finishes on the West coast in Marina Di Cecina some 350km later. It is based loosely on  the Dall'Adriatico al Tirreno Team Relay

Trans Italia 2016 2016-11-28T08:24:37+00:00

Pyrenees – a mission!

Running with a purpose I admit it! I run for the shear enjoyment of it and the huge diversity it offers, the challenge, the excitement, the peace, the tranquility, pitting your wits against the elements, connecting with nature, overcoming physical and mental barriers and yes the escape too. However a chance meeting last week has given a new purpose to my Pyrenean Adventure. My Sister

Pyrenees – a mission! 2016-11-28T08:29:04+00:00

Road to Berlin

#8marathons8countries8days - Road to Berlin   What possessed us to try and run 8 marathons in 8 countries in 8 days I'll never know - suffice is to say that we are always up for a challenge and there didn't seem to be a bigger one than that! My running partner, Marlena, and I picked up our trusty Landrover from Blue Moose Graphics who were

Road to Berlin 2016-11-28T08:29:24+00:00

Thames Path 100 revisited

Thames Path 100 revisited If you are regular followers of this blog you will know that last year I attempted my first "100 miler" and got to mile 91 before missing the last checkpoint! (You can read the whole story here ) Well never one to give up gracefully I've decided to give it another go thanks to a late entry and in just a couple

Thames Path 100 revisited 2016-11-28T08:30:09+00:00