Ring of Steall – Take 2

It’s time to take on the course again. This could well be the first race I’ve run for a second time. I ran the Ring of Steall in 2017 and despite loving the mountains, I struggled. My legs weren’t mountain fit and I soon realised, mentally, I wasn’t willing to let my legs go free […]

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Shooting Ultra Trail Wales

The inaugural running of Ultra Trail Wales. There’s something special about the first version of anything in life. The courage of the people behind it, in this case the Race Directors. The intrepid explorers, not afraid to take on the unknown, choosing to take this path instead of those already tried and tested…. the runners. […]

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Heart of Snowdonia

The Heart of Snowdonia run wasn’t my idea, it was a good friend Anthony Oram‘s. Now, this day summed up to me why I have such a deep love for the sport and pursuit of trail running. Why I spend so much of time on the trails, reviewing gear and taking photos. The people. The […]

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9 Days in Chamonix – Part Cinq

The final chapter. Saved the biggest day till last. Looking at the stats over the past 6 days, I knew I was at 75.77 miles. 20 odd more than I’d ever run in a week before. Could I push it out to 100? Speaking to Mike, he recommended I visit Lac Blanc and get transport […]

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9 Days in Chamonix – Part Quatre

Hills, Hills, Hills! You’re in a hilly place, so it’s only right you get given a hill session by the coach. A favourite session of mine and finally, I didn’t have to worry about topping out too soon or the fact the hill may not be steep enough. No photos. A tarmac road, nice houses, […]

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9 Days in Chamonix – Part Trois

Sunday’s chill was welcomed, though at the time felt like a waste. Mountains, trails and limited time made it a hard call. Monday made up for it. And some. I set off back up to Mont Lechant from my base in Les Houches, taking the same trail to the top. Midway, after some 500 meters […]

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9 Days in Chamonix – Part Deux

The show goes on. My quads hurt. Boy, the heads of my quads at my knees were tender. I couldn’t tense them, they’d taken a bashing on Day 1. Ahh. Cereal, coffee, electrolytes, car. Off for more. Mike drove us to Chamonix, where the main road was in grid lock. The Mont Blanc tunnel was […]

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9 days in Chamonix – Part 1

I’m currently in Chamonix, out training with Mike Jones of Apex Running, as he prepares for UTMB at the end of the month. Now, I’ve landed on my feet and I’m house sitting (technically Mike is, but I’m helping), which has kept the costs right down and allowed me to stay out in the valley […]

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South West Coast Path

Damian Hall set the Fastest Known Time in 2016 for completing the 630 mile South West Coastal Path, in 10 days, 15 hours and 18 minutes. I would be running a 10 mile and a bit out and back from Mevagissey to Charlestown (and a bit extra). In this run, I’d discover that Damian is […]

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