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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24 Hours in Edinburgh

The weekend arrived! I was down (or up) to work in Edinburgh for a HSBC Lets Ride event and worked out I had roughly 24 hours in the city, from rocking up in the van to hitting the open highway, racing for the border. I was up at 4am getting my Saturday long run in, […]

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Ben Nevis

Well, it’s that time of year again….or was. My annual pilgrimage to the World Cup at Fort William & a chance to stretch my legs on the Ben. I won’t lie, although I was looking forward to the challenge, in reality, my motivation was low. High temperatures, humidity, hay fever and a serious lack of […]

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Maverick Race inov-8 Original Somerset

Maverick Race’s inov-8 Original Somerset would be my third outing under the black and white arch. My first was one of the original Originals – West Sussex, where I came close to succumbing to heat exhaustion (click the link above to find out why). The second was the Hampshire round of the Dark Series, where […]

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The Pyllon Experience

With Pyllon (Paul Giblin) taking the win at Istria 100, part of the Ultra Trail World Tour, it was about time I posted my blog about the Pyllon Experience or #PyllonXP (look it up on Instagram/Twitter). Held in the depths of the Rothiemurchus forest, outside of Aviemore, Scotland, the Pyllon Experience was the first camp/training weekend/gathering […]

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Bob Graham Legs 4&5 Recce

With spring showing signs of finally coming through, after a harsh winter, I took the opportunity to run two legs of the Bob Graham Round, in the Lake District with friends looking to take on a round later this year. For those unfamiliar, the Bob Graham is a 66 mile, 27,000ft circuit of 42 of […]

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