inov-8 switch attention from the fells to the living room – Things to Do, Watch & See

For a brand synonymous with the Lake District’s Fells and part of their team based in Staveley, staying in doors and not shouting about the mountains can’t come easy. From my Milton Keynes HQ, right now, I would give a lot for one day of mountain air, views and ascent. The team at inov-8 have…

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5 Running Packs/Vest Reviewed

Earlier this year I shot 5 videos of packs I’ve been using over past 6 – 12 months. Each were very different, had unique features, a specific runner in mind and offered alternatives, rather than being direct competitors on the whole. Well, it’s about time I graced these pages with them. We have; USWE Pace…

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Trash Free Trails x Vodafone

Fresh on the heels of the announcement of Trash Free Trails Spring Trail Clean Tour last week, I can let you in on what I got up to in January with some of the gang. It’s the middle of January, Dom fires a peculiar email into the inbox. A-Team, Vodafone, Eastridge? I’m not sure what’s…

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Spring Showers

It was too good to last  The past weeks have been windy. Wildly windy. Wind that could inflate your jacket like a hot air ballon, decimate your breathing efficiency and fold you in half like a hospital pass in rugby. Whether in the Lakes at the Pyllon XP or on flat, level ground around Bedfordshire,…

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TRASH FREE TRAILS – THE 2020 SPRING TRAIL CLEAN TOUR IS HERE

‘RUBBISH’ RIDERS, RUNNERS & ROAMERS REQUIRED! You may remember in April 2019 I attended the final two dates of the inaugural Spring Trail Clean Tour at Dalby and Grizedale trail centres….. well, the tour is back and its grown huge! Trash Free Trails (TFT) team-up with Trek Bicycles and 1000s of riders, runners and roamers…

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Rediscovering my MOJO

A picture of me changing shoes mid photoshoot last year. Hardly the inspirational image that conjures tales of achievement and self fulfilment. What it does show however is transition. I recently posted on instagram about my mental health, that, for the majority of 2019 it was on a downwards trajectory, not that I would realise…

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inov-8 to release new film about Barkley Marathons & Nicky Spinks

The Barkley Marathons is the world’s toughest ultra-distance race. Only 15 runners have completed the full 100+ miles since it was first staged in 1986. And don’t be fooled into thinking that the best ultra and mountain runners avoid this race, on the contrary, those who poses the skills famously line up, after cracking the…

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Black Diamond Redefine their Trail Running Collection

Black Diamond, that well known climbing and skiing brand, have ramped up their trail running collection. I could be bold and say they have launched into the trail running market/category for the first time, but I am sure some would disagree and argue that for years we have been using their Z poles and head…

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Paul Tierney Breaks 214-PEAK WAINWRIGHTS RECORD

Over the weekend, I reported that Paul Tierney was well over half way through his attempt to break Steve Birkinshaw’s 214-Peak Wainwright Record. Well, I am extremely happy to say that Paul has indeed broken the record by almost 7 hours. If anyone has seen Steve’s film which followed his then record setting run in…

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Ultimate Direction Race Belt 4.0

If there’s one bag brand that has been missing from these pages over the past few years, it’s Ultimate Direction. From my experiences around the UK and Chamonix, it is easily one of the two most popular storage solutions (other opinions may differ)for trail and ultra runners, regardless of ability and aspirations. I’ve been keeping…

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