A year to forget?

As we near the end to what can only be described as the strangest and most surreal year I have ever lived through, it feels appropriate to take a moment to reflect on things. At times it has been a very scary era to live through with so much uncertainty concerning every aspect of life…

Run Selfies

A few people have asked me recently how I take my running photos so I thought it was about time I did a post on it.  Some have wondered if I always have a friend there to take photos of me, whilst others have mused whether I have trained my dog Pip to do it…

Eat and run: but is it always that easy?

On Sunday 11th October 2020 George Foster, a 35 year old teacher and fell runner for Ambleside AC, became the fastest British runner ever to complete the infamous Bob Graham round in a time of 13hrs 44mins.  His time is the 2nd fastest ever behind Killian Jornet’s blistering run in 2018 of 12hrs 52mins.  The…

The Best Winter Lip Care

Winter is coming. But instead of reaching for our furs and scabbards, we’re layering up in merino wool, gloves, waterproofs and hats.  I don’t know about you, but I am usually quite good at keeping my body warm whilst running but sometimes neglect the little things which can have a big negative impact if ignored.  Last…

Influencer or runner?

Am I an influencer? It’s not a term I particularly like or relate to, but it might be one that some people associate with me occasionally.  What even is an influencer?  The first things that pop into my mind are glossy, over-edited photos of glamorous young puffy-lipped hipsters posing with too much fake tan and…

London Marathon torment continues….

—— UPDATE 3/9/20: The organisers emailed again last night to correct an error. I still have to qualify again (for the place I already have in the race) but now have until 31 December to qualify using the original time of sub 01:30 for a half marathon. What’s not clear is what times would be needed…

10 Injury Truths

I’m injured at the moment, did you know?  It’s not like I’ve mentioned it in every other sentence on Instagram or anything.  Nope, not me.  Just quietly carrying on and working on my return.  Anyway…. This incredibly frustrating time out has got me thinking a lot about what being injured from a favourite sport can…

Deafness and Running

Imagine the scene, it’s a balmy summers evening out in the hills and you are in the middle of a fell race. The initial throng of runners that were gathered together at the start line has become spaced out over the route.  The racing snakes at the front fiercely battle it out for the title…

Another Podcast!

You know how it is, you’ve never been on a podcast before then 2 come along at once! I was asked by the guys at Chia Charge to chat about fell running and I couldn’t refuse! I could talk about that all day! You can listen via this link. There was a quick fire question…

I’m on a podcast!

On this Monday morning here in Derbyshire the rain is pouring and looks set remain with us for the entire day.  It’s not my ideal running weather.  Perhaps now is the perfect time to enjoy a rest day, do a home strength workout or even pop out to the gym if you are able.  If…

VW T4 Project

Back in February I purchased my first ever campervan.  I almost burst with excitement!  Oh the adventures we would have, travelling the country to run, hike and camp in the mountains and hills!  You don’t need me to tell you that this year certainly hasn’t played out like that, and the van has quietly sat…

How to Solve the Problem with Litter?

How do we solve the problem of litter?  If you know, please tell me! If you’ve run in the countryside for some time, you can’t fail to have noticed it has got busier since lockdown started back in March. With free time suddenly thrust upon many people with very little warning and all leisure facilities…