It’s getting cold & wet

What happened? It’s been abnormally hot and the reality of October has finally set in. Storm Callum or no Callum, winds have picked up, temperatures have plummeted (to where they should be) and rain, a distant memory of March 2018, has returned. Who knows what to make of it? For the first time in recent…

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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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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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Mentally stronger

It sucked. I was down. Fuck. What was the point? Scafell Sky Race had been one of my two main goals for 2018. I knew I stood no chance of a GBR jersey, or even a top placing, but the culmination of a years work with Pyllon and a test in the mountains was high…

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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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Premax Anti Friction Balm

I believe it’s fairly common that the vast majority of dream of the big buy items; gps watches, shoes, packs, waterproofs, the travel to the race, the race itself. However, there is one factor present in every training run and race that has the ability to have a greater impact on the outcome of your…

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