Neil Read to walk 171 miles for My Black Dog Charity

Walking trails, running from point to point, focusing on time, splits & calorie intake are things many of us have some relation to. In the past year theres been a shift to Fastest Known Times (FKT’s) & personal projects, with deeper relationships to the land these athletic feats are undertaken on, with wide spread race…

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Ultra endurance participants are running from something

A myth or generalisation that has become accepted as truth, reinforced as the wider uptake of trail, ultra and endurance pursuits has taken place. It could be argued that the combination of my childhood experiences & battles with my own mental health leave me as a perfect candidate to fall under this tagline. But I’ve never…

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To the Marshals

Thank you marshal Often heard projected under varying volumes by racers around the world, as lungs struggling to supply muscles with adequate oxygen, are expelled to thank those that stand at the sidelines in order to allow others to enjoy organised events. They’re out before many will reach the event village or stage start, reliant…

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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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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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