Pitch black mornings and evenings, crisp clear skies filled with a lingering mist, golden leaves floating down from their branches. Autumn is well and truly upon us and, other than the slightly unseasonably mild temperatures, you can tell that we're heading towards Winter.
At the end of January I had the opportunity to visit the Lake District for three nights. Over the years I've had a few trips to the Lakes, but I've never visited since getting into trail running; my preferred running terrain.
I visited Thailand for the first time just a couple of weeks ago in August. Myself and Pip spent two weeks travelling between Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Koh Samui for our honeymoon. After some careful planning and secret-keeping - Pip didn't know where we were going until we were at the terminal ready to check in, we were off for an adventure to a continent that neither of us had visited before. Whenever I travel I always pack my running kit, being able to quickly throw shorts, vest/t-shirt, socks, trainers and Garmin (this is important for my Strava heatmap!) into a bag makes it so easy. The main reason for packing my kit isn't necessarily to continue training whilst away, I find that running is a great way to explore different places and seek out parts of towns, cities and countryside that you might not otherwise have chance to explore. My kit was
The Stour Valley Marathon, starting at Nayland, Suffolk, is an off-road trail marathon that takes in the footpaths of three walking routes in Suffolk and Essex; St Edmund Way, Stour Valley Path and the Essex Way. Last year I was very lucky to get one of 50 places in a special edition of the race, marking race organiser Kevin Payne's 50th birthday on August 1st 2015. It was the day after the night when I proposed to my, then girlfriend, now fiancÃ©e Pip, so it turned into quite a weekend! I loved running this trail marathon and as soon as entries opened for 2016 I entered straight away. Pip fancied doing it too, but was a little nervous about doing it due to the short-hand instructions and navigating yourself around the course - most of it is fairly obvious, although with tired legs and a tired head, I did take a wrong turning last year! I
Last night I had the pleasure of meeting Sean Conway, a UK adventurer, currently completing the "World's Longest Triathlon", a 4000+ mile ultra triathlon around the perimeter of the UK. His latest challenge, On The Edge, started on April 1st 2016 and has seen Sean cycle 3350 miles around the UK's coast from Dorset's Lulworth Cove to Scarborough. He then began his run along the East coast and is currently 19 days into the run, heading down to Brighton from whereÂ he will begin his swim back to Lulworth Cove. I caught up with Sean in the seaside town of Felixstowe, where he was planning on spending the night, after missing the foot ferry over to the neighbouring town of Harwich. He'd set off earlier in the day from the sleepy village of Orford,Â making his way past Hollesley Bay and along the beaches of Shingle Street before getting the ferry from Bawdsey over