2019 ARC’TERYX ALPINE ACADEMY – Chamonix

Pursue the Perfect Mountain Experience together with renowned athletes More and more brands are hosting academy, retreats, festivals and get togethers, which for me can only be a good thing. Clearly they see value in investing in experiences beyond their products and athletes. Communities are what make sports and movements grow and Arc’teryx have been hosting their…

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Kendal Mountain Festival 2018 – Stance World Premiere of Hood to Trail

Urban Culture. I’m oblivious to it. I’ve always lived in villages, socialised little outside of school and in my professional life, some 10 years on. Kendal Mountain Festival is probably the most social I am all year, bar races. And with that, cultures and counter cultures slip under my radar. The only exposure I have is…

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UTMB – Brits on Tour

What a year. What a race. If anyone who viewed the race from a part of the course or remotely had wanted drama, Christmas came early. With the majority of elite contenders dropping out due to wasp stings, falls, going out too hard, stomach issues, twisted joints… it made for a race where the 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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Camp Endeavour 2019 – Maverick x Run Namaste Eat

The eagle eyed would recall seeing Maverick Races hosted Camp Endeavour earlier this year in the Chamonix valley. For 2019, they are getting way ahead of the game and have already released dates for Camp Endeavour, hosted by Maverick Races and Run Namaste Eat. Friday 19th – Sunday 21st July 2019 As someone currently sat…

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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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