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

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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

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

South Downs Midnight Marathon

Cue a trip to London for a course that got cancelled a few days before. But I’ve booked everything I squealed. I can’t afford to loose money. Hell I am going anyway and anyway I had booked a run on the South Downs on the Saturday evening as I was too tight to pay for London accommodation. Well that’s my excuse anyway. Instead I bought a £10 Tesco Basic light weight tent that would fit … Full Report

Wheatley 10

I was looking for one step up to my last event the Longshaw 10 so decided to keep the 10 in the picture and do one called the Wheatley 10 out near Retford. A silly choice for me given that I like hills and Retford area is flat as a pancake. But it was advertised as a scenic trail run so sounded quite nice for a change and low key too.

So off I went … Full Report

Longshaw 10 – June 2016

It was the weekend of the Round Sheffield Run so most of Sheffield were running around Sheffield, that’s why its called the Round Sheffield Run. Me – not me, and a handful of others who decided to do the Longshaw 10 instead. Yet I only decided at 8am that morning as I got up and felt like I couldn’t be bothered / motivated to do a long run. Am I turning into a shortie?

So … Full Report

Hathersage 24 hour Solstice Swim

Time for a bit of a swim gloat.

Solstice Weekend I had planned to be at the start line of the 96 mile West Highland Way Race, but due to many factors including a back injury and disfunctional legs as well as crew & logistics, I pulled out, along with other summer running plans. I sulked like an injured runner sulks. I sulked some more, I beat myself up about my running and sulked even … Full Report

Hoka Highland Fling 2016

This is my post to wallow in my own self pity – I had a bad race. The end.

But not quite. I need to look at why and write it all down, no such thing as the end.

Having bad races is part of being a runner. They make you tough, they motivate you, and they keep you humble. A good runner can bounce back and not give up on their goal, even though

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