Trailing the adventures of an ultra-marathon runner; Sheffield & the Peak District National Park, UK

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White Rose Ultra 60

It was never in the plan because I don’t have plans because of my sporadic half self employed lifestyle and fear of failure or putting all my eggs in one basket I don’t know but planning is hard for me  and I like my sporadicness. Yet I still have goals buzzing in my head. I’d always wanted to go that little bit longer than 50 (or 53) miles but just never feel ready for anything … Full Report

South Yorkshire Cross Country League 2 – Winterhill

Winterhill at Kimberworth- my nemesis, the only race I have ever dropped out of – the big fat DNF in 2014. It was messing with my head. Excuse one bagged. I was tired, despite the clocks changing the evening before. I had spent 11 hours at the pool working the day before, excuse two bagged. Two days before that I fell on my knee on a 25 mile run and banged the bone, it hurt. … Full Report

Calver Trail Race

After doing the Limestone Way Ultra at the beginning of October with the Dark and White event guys I thought I would enter the Calver 10 mile trail race at the last minute (literally), knowing how organised the Limestone Way had been it could be fun, right?. Again, close to home, and cheap promising tea and cake at the end what was there not to like? It also covered pathways that I hadn’t been on … Full Report

South Yorkshire Cross Country League 1 – Longley

It seemed odd that the first cross country was only 15 minutes from home in a random park in the middle of Sheffield, Longley Park. The only other time I had run here was on a club run or two when I used to run with the club on a Tuesday night, so I was confused to why there would be a cross country here. Se la vie. Why was I running just over 3 … Full Report

Golden Gates Gallop

Golden Gates Gallop is a 5 mile multi terrain event in the gorgeous surroundings of Elvaston Castle.  We arrived in plenty of time with the kids in tow who would do the 2 mile race with Daddy whilst myself and Becky would run the 5 mile – 2 lap course together, because we can.

When we got out of the car and walked over to registration I heard my name called out on the tannoy … Full Report

Limestone Way Ultra

The Limestone Way Ultra is only in its second year but it ticked many boxes for me and some extra boxes thrown in for good measure.

☑ Takes place on a Sunday – some of us work on Saturdays and ‘most’ ultras tend to be Saturdays.

☑ It’s a ‘journey’ rather than just a ‘run route’. I like ‘journeys’ rather than just a standard or made up route. It gives a point to the run, … Full Report

Sheffield Way Relay – Leg 2

It’s back, it’s that time of year, its the Sheffield Way Relay. This was my first ‘race’ back in a year supporting club colours. I had done a couple of low key ‘ultra’ events this year (not races as I didn’t race them but just got them in for the distance) but no racing. I’d not dug out my club top for a year. Would it still fit, would there be mould on it? Would … Full Report

The Big Swim – Manvers

I seem to have swum more swimming than ran more running this year which is all good as I wouldn’t have thought I’d have got myself in the open water previous to April this year. But I tried, and tried again and tried again until I really looked forward to my open water swims on a Thursday and Saturday at SwimYourSwim, Hatfield and Thrybergh.

In the summer I had decided to do a 10km swim, … Full Report

Manvers Dusk till Dawn

And now for something completly different, well for me anyway. I don’t normally like flat, or running around in circles, but what’s not to like when there is an event on your doorstep for £15 for 12 hours of running including camping and food? Yes its real!  Yes it exists. Bring on ‘Dusk till Dawn’ at Manvers Lakeside, Rotherham.

So I wanted to do ‘something’ with my awesome best friend Becky. Becky is awesome because … Full Report

Bala End to End

This swimming lark is quite fun. Exactly a year ago I swam 28 miles in 23 hours at Hathersage Open air pool. Part of me wanted to see if I could get up to 30 miles, but something told me that I would prefer to be swimming in open water having started to dip my toes into open water swimming just a couple of months ago.

Having booked the weekend off (its hard to … Full Report

Dearne Valley Quadrathlon

Friday evening 2 days before the Great North Swim, I received a text to say the event had been cancelled due to high winds and bad weather. Luckily I was going to blag the camping and although I had packed and swam and swam and swam I didn’t loose any other pennies on the cancellation. I was still disappointed of course, especially when you gear yourself up and eat all the food in the house … Full Report

Ullswater Epic Events 3.8km Swim

So I’ve gone off running, well running has gone off me, its not been working for me. Maybe I lost my mojo for it a couple of years ago, somewhere on a hill or in a peat bog, maybe I am just not inspired by the number of ‘commercialised’ events, the number of ultras that arise for the sake of making a route that is classed as an ultra. I want to run in beautiful … Full Report