Should We #JogOn?

The year 2019 and we are still talking about this, how female runners can enjoy exercising outside without feeling under threat from abuse or attack. I’ve written about this before after a friend and member of my running club was attacked on a run in one of our popular local beauty spots.  She wasn’t on a…

Run Wild

When I first started running, it was just a tool, a way to get fit whilst filling up some of the mundanity of my days after having moved from the hustle of student life in Leeds to lonely unemployment in suburban Derby. The running (as much as the move) was a massive shock to the…

‘Iron Girl’ Race PR Fail

If you follow a few runners on your social media, then you probably won’t have failed to notice the recent PR storm created by Ironman England in their attempt to entice more women into the sport. A women-only 5k race named ‘Iron Girl’ was added to the itinerary of the Bolton event and received a huge amount of backlash….

Jasmin Paris

Yesterday history was made. Jasmin Paris, the 35 year old vet and mother of 1, was not only the first female finisher in the 268 mile brutal Montane Spine Race but the OVERALL race winner.  And if that wasn’t enough Paris has also absolutely smashed the previous course record by 12 hours.  12 hours!  Who…

Run Forest!

As 2018 draws to a close it’s time to take stock of last year and look ahead to some really exciting news just confirmed for 2019! This year there was a little less running from me and a little bit more travel, gigs, weekends away and general life living which meant my race times were…

What Fell Runners Say At Races Vs What They Actually Mean

Yesterday I heard the amazing news that my little old blog was nominated in the Best Personal Blog category at the Running Awards!  Since I started writing it a couple of years ago, nearly 30000 of you have stopped by for a read which to be frank is unbelievable!  To top off what has been…

Goodbye Summer

Farewell to summer races As autumn fills the air Evenings in the countryside Are now becoming rare We gathered in the fields To run up pike and fell We ran through woods and pastures By river, stream and dell The sun shone on our faces Once muddied paths had turned to dust Dry mouths and…

Whacky Races

Last night a hundred or so runners took part in the short but gruelling 4.3m Ilam Park Fell Race that crammed in over 450m of elevation up and over 3 of the biggest hills in and around Dovedale. Whilst trudging up the 2nd and toughest of these mounts, named Flagpole Hill, with sweat stinging my…

That dreaded ‘dnf’

Dnf.  Meh.  I had my second one on Saturday.  Only a local 7 mile race.  A race I have won before back in 2016 but then had a total nightmare on in 2017 due to my personal life really getting in the way of my running life, tres inconvenient.  And then this year I really…

Running Friends

What has running given you? Freedom, fitness, challenge, achievement, health?  The answer will probably be different for everyone and vary based upon the reasons that you started running in the first place.  Over time the answer might also change and I am interested to hear what you think. Sport of all kinds, not just running, is…

London Marathon 2018 – done

48 hours later, and it all feels pretty surreal. Months of thinking about little else, talking about it an awful lot and worrying about it even more and it is suddenly all over.  Did it really happen?  My aching legs and sun scorched face tell me it definitely did!  So here’s my take on it…