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

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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

Carsington 7+

My first race back – Carsington 7. It was never meant to be a ‘race’ but a means to go out ‘fastish’ but to keep it ‘controlled’. With my lovely best friend Becky at my side, I was going to run this race myself and try and regain all confidence that I had lost over the past 12 months with my running in hope to rekindle my love for it.

With number pinned onto my … Full Report

Great Lakeland 3 Day

I entered the GL3D on recommendation from a few people, a mountain marathon type event over three days with camping and transfer of bags each day, so in essence 3 days in the mountains rather than the traditional mountain marathon type event where you carry your own gear all the time. Sounded somewhat fun.

Due to injury and partly falling out with running I was in no fit state to ‘run’. I tried to sell … Full Report

Wilmot Wander

Cue 2016 I registered to run this event, a week before, I face planted with one broken rib or two. A few days later lovely Best Friend Becky decided she would walk it with me, cue 32 miles of walking which neither of us had ever done before. Suffice to say that we managed 28 of those 32 miles.

Good friends don’t let you do silly things alone

So it was always on my events … Full Report

Boxing Day Furnace Inn Fun Run – 2016

A boxing day ritual, the 3 mile race around Darley Abbey Park with my lovely best friend Becky.

This is a short review, to say I am praying we are both still standing here this time in 2017 with smiles on our faces energy in our bodies and air in our lungs, and it contains the following four quotes.… Full Report

Cutlers Relays – 2016

That time of year again, the Northern Cross Country Relays; ‘Cutlers Relays’ at Graves Park in Sheffield. Last time I ran these was 4 years ago, the day before I smashed out my sub 1.30 half marathon. Looking back at 4 years ago I was certainly my strongest, and ‘took it easy’ that day due to the half the day after. The time, apparently was 14.18 which I was overwhelmed with. So I didn’t know … Full Report

Sheffield Way Relay – 2016

The Sheffield Way Relay is a 5 leg stage with each leg being around 10 miles equalling around 50 miles around Sheffield. The race has been going since 1997 run by the Steel City Striders. Lots of hills and lots of beautiful trails.

I stepped in the week or so before after a couple of withdrawals for the only female leg. Sheffield Running Club were just putting forward a mixed team this year due to … Full Report

Summer Spine Challenge Route Run

The idea was to run part of the Pennine Way from Edale to Hawes – inspired by the Spine Challenge Runners of 2015. 108 miles over 3 days. The breakdown had been planned like this: Day one; Edale to Mankinholes around 36-40 miles, day two; Mankinholes to Malham around 40 miles, day three; Malham to Hawes around 28 miles. The 3 days are first illustrated in pictures below, then the breakdown of each day with … Full Report