Minds In Action

Movement has always been part of my life The role it plays has increased in magnitude in the past 16 or so months. Whereas previously splits & structure formed the reason, now, any form of movement carries weight, however monotonous the same loop may feel at times Breaking out of 4 walls; hearing, seeing, smelling……

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Maverick Adidas Terrex Frontier Series Chilterns 2021 – Two days with Marking Materials on my back

Racings back! Yes I know its hardly new. They’ve been back for a few months, Beth Pascall and Jim Walmsley had some epic runs at Western States and despite the calendar opening up (more so for elites travelling abroad), FKTs are dropping left right and centre with amateur and pro alike with some of the…

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Jöttnar – not the first name you may think of for trail running kit, but one you should consider

It’s been many moons since I reviewed the Hymir Waterproof Jacket of Jöttnar’s for MyOutdoors when I was the then Running Editor. It’s a product that was burly, wanted to face adverse conditions and I still use it this day, my girlfriend even borrowed it when we went to the Lake District last month. A…

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ShAFF is back with Montane as Headline sponsor for 2021

The Sheffield Adventure Film Festival has grown over the years to become one of the world’s premier outdoor and adventure big screen gatherings. I’ve volunteered as a host for screenings, put up signs and everything in between. I have a relationship with the festival, they are a family, rather than a show as such. This…

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Some closing thoughts on Mental Health Awareness Week & finding support

As mental health awareness week draws to a close, please remember every day is worth of being aware of your own and others mental health. Putting aside a small amount of time to give yourself or a friend some TLC, be it a chat, drink, walk, run, ride, game – what ever suits the day,…

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Trash Free Trails release Spring Trail Clean 2021 Impact Report

Spring is in full flow, trails are hardening up after the dark months of winter, wild flowers blanket wild spaces, bringing new life and colour, as the trees adorn themselves with blossom and leaves. Life has returned. April is the start of the season for Trash Free Trails, the time of the year that we…

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My Black Dog is

My Black Dog is Looking inwards is not an easy task. You may uncover things you don’t like, aren’t proud of, wish were different. Like hearing your voice when speaking into a microphone or seeing a video, do I really sound like that, why is the pitch & tone different to what I hear when…

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Mental Health Awareness Week – My Take

For those who’ve been willing to read the letters I fumble together over the years, making it to the bottom of what are increasingly becoming time consuming bodies of text, you’ll know mental health is a topic, a subject, a series of linked experiences I can talk in depth about. Stigmas are being overcome, however,…

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We can all be Citizen Scientists

University, PhDs, serious s*** & sterile conditions are some of the things that often come to mind when the word scientist is used. However, I recall my school days wading nipple deep in a meandering river, taking measurements of depth & flow rates. It’s a really broad term and one I feel we can think…

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Trash Free Trails & Me on BBC Countryfile

28th March was my birthday I may look like a weathered seaman, but this year (2021) I turned 31, 10 years working at Madison, 6 years of this website and 4 at Trash Free Trails. Milestones and numbers. My 31st was an oddity, watching myself on national television, representing Trash Free Trails. It was an…

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