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Dark Skies Run

In my own stupidity I had signed up for the ‘Dark Skies Run’ 26.5 miles around the largest artificial lake in England – Kielder. No it was not flat, (nearly 2000ft of climb), no it was not just in daylight, no it was not a marathon, it was a 26.5 mile run around an undulating course partly in the dark. Hell why not, it was something different.

It is often the darkest skies that we

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Oldham Way Ultra – 2016

2015 I turned up for the Oldham Way Ultra full of hel-flu and made the rather wise decision to not even start the race but to head back home at 7am in the morning and sulk for a whole 12 months. 12 months later I entered only 2 days before the event deliberating if I was fit enough / stupid enough to run 40 miles the week after a double at Grindleford Gallop and Edale … Full Report

Edale Skyline – 2016

Who’s bright idea was it to have x2 long distance (21 mile) fell races with a cumulative climb of over 6500ft the day after each other in the stunning Peak District? Really? Who’s bright idea was it to enter both? Really?

I’d entered Grindleford Gallop before the announcement of the Edale Skyline Race which was to fall on the same weekend the day after. I had unfinished business with the Skyline Race – the race … Full Report

Grindleford Gallop 2016

[Today] I’m gonna have myself a real good time
I feel alive and the world it’s turning inside out Yeah!
I’m floating around in ecstasy
So don’t stop me now don’t stop me
‘Cause I’m having a good time having a good time

I’m a shooting star leaping through the skies
Like a tiger defying the laws of gravity
I’m a racing car passing by like Lady Godiva
I’m gonna go go go
There’s no

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Longshaw 10km – January 2016

The Longshaw 10km is a two lap trail race set in the National Trust grounds of Longshaw in the heart of the Peak District. People had spoken very highly of the event, (it’s not a race its a free 10km timed trail run) so I wanted to check it out to see what all the fuss was about.

Rather than just race the 10km (now that would just be silly wouldn’t it?) I decided to … Full Report

Hunshelf Amble – 2016

Hunshelf Amble this year was in reverse of last year. Off I went to my first race of the year and my first official race since breaking my leg last August. I just turned up with fellow club member Kate for her first offiical ‘fell/trail’ race and ran.

The race started on the disused railway rather than at the finish as in the previous year. Due to the amount of water the route had been … Full Report

Boxing Day Furnace Inn Fun Run

A tradition at the Furnace Inn to host this 5km run around Darley Abbey and a snippet at £2 a go too. The route is flat, flatter than Parkrun and popular with both club runners and fun runners alike. For £2 you just can’t say no.

So rather than race it and talk myself into how slow I had become after a broken leg back in August given this was my first event ‘back’ I … Full Report

Round Latrigg Fell race – 2015

A trip to the lakes was not supposed to end with a broken leg. Crack.

So take a picturesque camp-site nestled a couple of miles away from Keswick in the Lake District just 5 days after giving up my desk job to pursue other more active things.  Mix it up with one runner and a midweek fell race for £6. Now I know what you are thinking, fell race and broken leg must mean that … Full Report

Belper Rugby Rover – 2015

Belper Rugby Rover 30km (18.4 miles) was nearly not set to take place but after negotiations the race directors once again put on a faultless event.

I really wanted to race this event as I had raced it in 2012 and was looking forward to seeing where I was at with my running. In addition the route is a fantastic plethora of trail hills and luxurious woodlands. It is all marked so there is no … Full Report

Half Tour of Bradwell – 2015

Destination Bradwell, a little old lead mining village nestled in the heart of the Peak District, supporting the ‘Long and Half Tour of Bradwell’ either a very tough 33 mile 6300 feet Ultra trail fell run (Long Tour) or a more mild option of the 15.5 mile 3000ft trail fell run (Half Tour). Last year I opted for the Long Tour, this year things had become a bit milder due to injury over … Full Report

Crich Momument Race – 2015

Crich memorial race is a great way to spend a really hot sunny Saturday afternoon in the middle of Derbyshire. I ran the race last year and bagged first female in dead on 53.00 minutes. I remember turning up 10 minutes before the race started, entered on the day, wonky number, wrong socks, wrong shoes, no watch, yes I ran naked… but really loved the course and the event – nothing to do with the … Full Report

Darley Abbey Parkrun – #113

Back again lined up on a hot Saturday morning in Darley Abbey, two in a row, this is getting rather habitual, or would be if I made three in a row. What is going on? It was the second weekend of my swimming course so again it made sense to have a go at a ParkRun as well.

After problems with my calfs and feet swelling up the day before I used this as a … Full Report