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

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Two weeks before the Easter break I found myself signing up for the Devon Coast to Coast because a good running friend had also signed up and I only required a bit of begging to get 1 day off work for the price of 5 being the long Easter bank holiday weekend. Billed as 117 miles either all in one or over the 4 days of Easter, we were to opt for the easy version … Full Report

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Whilst at the other side of the world I got tagged in a post asking if I could make up the team for the Yorkshire VETs Cross Country in West Yorkshire. I just about still exist despite being at the other side of the world and not having been down at the club for kiwi years.  People had decided I like mud anyway so was a prime victim to be tagged for the event, else … Full Report

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Three weeks into my holiday of a lifetime I found myself standing on the start line of a 102km Ultramarathon in New Zealand.

New Zealand I have always loved you ever since some 16 years ago I set foot on your land. So I was back for the 4th time. Having spent the last few weeks exploring Wellington, Queenstown, Fiordland and Rotorua. It had so far been an amazingly breathtaking adventure. First baking in New … Full Report

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Here I was only 5 days into my New Zealand holiday baking in the country’s hottest summer on record and signing up for a little 12km trail race in Wanaka just 2 days before the event. Why? Why not….

We have nothing to loose and a world to see

Well I had eyed up the ‘Big Easy’ Ultra before signing up for the ‘Tarawera Ultra‘ – The Tarawera Ultra ticked more boxes for Full Report

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Here we are again at the Boxing day Furnace Inn 5km.

The route had changed slightly due to building works but that didn’t matter. What mattered is that we were here, the two of us, here again, a year on, a whole 12 months later, my best friend still living, yet living with stage 4 Lung Cancer, still running, still smiling, and still living. This girl is just pure grit and its the best Christmas … Full Report

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A week after the White Rose Ultra I was to help my lovely best friend Becky to complete the Derby 10. 10 miles around Derby. You may ask why, for I like trails but I also like my best friend and there is a purpose to this, an amazing purpose a bright light of hope.

We don’t know how strong we are until being strong is the only choice we have

As Becky battles on … Full Report

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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