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…

Big news

A break from fell running, lots of planning, many sleepless nights and more to come, aches and pains as my body gets used to lots of new stresses, cutting out the booze and big nights out, exhaustion, nerves, anxiety but a little bit of excitement too for the unknown adventure that lies ahead…. Yep, that’s…

City fell runners

Fell and trail running seems to be ever increasing in popularity.  As a relative newcomer to the sport, even I have noticed competitor numbers increasing year upon year in my local races.  Some of the pre-entry race places have become harder to get hold of than unicorn poo.  For example, the Edale Skyline, Ben Nevis, Jura,…

Who Run The World ?

Today is an important day in history, a hundred years since women got the vote.  A hundred years is still just about within living memory which is pretty mind boggling for an activity most of us take totally for granted.  I am deeply grateful to those women and men who fought for the rights we…

50 Shades of Mud

Whilst standing in the shower post-run this afternoon, I watched as my brilliant white bathroom suite became spattered with a delightful shade of Derbyshire brown from the mud on my legs. It got me pondering about mud. Now I know what you’re going to say; this chick needs to get out more! But hey, it’s…

New Year

Well it’s still January so not too late to talk about the year ahead right?!  My excuse for being a bit lax with the blog is a good one though, too busy having fun hoorah! I have talked about my 2017 trials a fair bit in previous posts, but a New Year is a time…

Cross country

With the change from summer to autumn which seems to occur overnight, so too arrives cross country season. If you’re a club runner you will know it well. Grab your vest and congregate at a local park, startling the weekend dog walkers and pre-Sunday lunch strollers. It’s a full on takeover. I must admit to…