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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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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We have become disconnected

Disconnection We (as a society) have become disconnected from the outside world; our wild spaces, woodlands, coasts, mountains & moors To many reading this due to our connection &/or relationship, you may feel you aren’t, given we likely met at a race, through mutual outdoorsy friends, a mountain/adventure festival – what ever it may be,…

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Shifting Trail Running Expectations

For years, many of us in flatter counties (including myself) have spent our time, energy & resources to travel to areas with mountains, elevation, waterfalls & features that appeal to our inner wilderness hunting compass. Often, we can neglect, forget or take for granted what is on our doorstep. It becomes too comfortable and/or familiar,…

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There was snow in the south

I kid you not Nae photoshop on this page! Heading out with my tripod, camera and remotes (its in my right hand, hence the fist) I set about using my lunch break a little differently, to capture what could be one of the only days the good old Milton of Keynes experiences for a while.…

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A year on the Trail – 2020 at Woburn Bike Trails

I know for many, positives are a hard notion to associate with 2020, after all, it’s been a year of mixed emotions, frustrations and denial of basic freedoms we have come to expect. However, within the thick fog of doom and gloom, there have been green shoots of positivity, breaking through loam, pushing organic matter…

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My 2020 Christmas Day

Purposeful Adventure With restrictions, evolving and confusing guidance, new laws, social pressure and a host of other variables that float in the subconscious, a construct of our current society, much of this our own interpretations and standards we set ourselves. We have all felt the strain of late, promises and hopes continually dashed, frustrations born…

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