Running

Now that we're a few months into 2019, I thought that it was a good time to take a brief look back at the year in running that was 2018. Thinking back now there was so much going on throughout the year. After getting a new marathon PB in London, I decided to step up my ultra running, seeing me finishing on the podium at the Jurassic Quarter, Stour Valley Marathon and Race to the King, a week after doing my own DIY ultra marathon on the Sandlings Walk. I was at running and music festival; Love Trails Festival, I took on my first 100 mile race at the Lakeland 100 and then ran the SVP 100k two weeks after before wrapping up the year with marathons in Berlin, Dublin and then the Hurtwood 50km. It ended with some very unexpected news when I was awarded the RunUltra Instagrammer of the Year

I'm really excited to announce that I'm working with Love Trails Festival this Summer as an ambassador! The UK's first running and music festival is back for another year following the hugely successful festival in Dorset last year and if you've not heard of it before - where have you been?! This year it's going to be located in the beautiful Gower Peninsula, South Wales in July and you're in store for an amazing weekend of trail running, music, DJs, talks and workshops from top trail runners, running and adventure films, food and beer! I'm going to be spreading the word about the festival over the next couple of months and I'm really looking forward to being involved, meeting and hearing from lots of like-minded runners and enjoying stunning South Wales trails. If you're planning on coming along make sure that you say hi - if you want to find out more, check out

Wow, London you were amazing. A four minute PB, finishing in 2:48.25. What an event! April 22nd; after 16 long weeks of training, waiting, battling with cold, dark winter mornings and nights, skipping along icy pavements and running across snow covered trails, the London Marathon was finally here, a lovely hot and sunny 23 degrees! Billed as the hottest London Marathon on record, it was going to be a bit of a shock to the system after months of training in freezing temperature - you've got to love the British weather. London and the Expo We headed down to London and the expo on Saturday to collect my number. The expo is pretty crazy but also a great experience in itself - as busy as it can be the day before, we always end up bumping into people that we know, and there's plenty to see and do - including getting the obligatory

This coming Sunday, 10th September, will see tens of thousands of runners descend on Tyneside for the world's largest half marathon, the Great North Run. Now in its 37th year, the iconic half marathon attracts over 54,000 runners, with the vast majority running for charity. 2017 will be my eighth consecutive Great North Run and the 2010 event was my first ever race and mass-participation event. I entered the ballot at the beginning of 2010, as I'd been running a little in an attempt to get fit and I'd watched the event on TV many times, always taken in by the atmosphere and the sheer number of runners, I didn't expect to get a place. My Grandparents also lived close to the finish line in South Shields, so it was great to turn the experience into a family weekend, catching up with relatives too. That first race was hard work, training hadn't

At the end of June 2017 I took part in my first long-distance ultra marathon - Race to the King. The event is a double marathon, covering just over 53 miles across the South Downs Way, starting in Arundel and finishing at Winchester Cathedral. It was a brilliant event and an amazing experience. I finished 3rd overall in a time of 8 hours 52 minutes. I wrote the following article for issue 202 of Running Magazine about the whole experience.  

Spring marathon season is upon us. With the likes of Manchester last weekend, Brighton and Paris this weekend and then London and Boston on the horizon, to name but a few, it's the time of year when runners see their efforts of three months hard training, hopefully, pay off.  Winter marathon training isn't easy. With training plans and schedules starting at some point around the Christmas holidays, the days are colder, shorter and far more dull than their counterparts in the Summer months. The accumulation of these factors can make it harder to get yourself out of the door.  A week before Christmas 2016 I started my training for the Paris Marathon. A 16 week training schedule that would see me through to the race on April 9th 2017. Excited to be re-visiting the home of my first marathon in 2013, I trained harder than ever, putting in more miles, getting out

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 wanted to use this chance to take in the trails, check out the lakes, countryside and try out some fell running. For years I've been fascinated with the Bob Graham Round, a running challenge in the Lake District, where runners attempt to complete a 66 mile, 27,000 ft circuit of 42 of the highest peaks within 24 hours. I thought that this would be a good opportunity to check out some of the route. Keswick Keswick was my base for the trip having booked into a B&B that was located just outside of the town centre. The town is perfectly positioned on the edge of Derwentwater and with easy access to the Northern and Eastern

It was an early start for a Saturday morning, making the trip from Suffolk to West Sussex with Pip and Carl for the Maverick Inov-8 Original Race, the first of their 2017 series. I'd heard about the Maverick races through their social media channels and my mate Carl had and taken part in their Oxfordshire race, towards the end of last year, and really recommended the event. I actually won my place through Running Heroes, which was a nice bonus as I was planning to enter anyway. If you've not heard of Running Heroes, you get rewards for being active and can win prizes in challenges, it's totally free; what's not to like! Check it out at https://uk.runningheroes.com. The Start The start/finish and event HQ was at Amberley Museum & Heritage Centre which made for easy parking, lots of toilets and plenty of space for registration. There were stalls selling Maverick merchandise, refreshments and headline

As runners start gearing up for Spring marathon training, many will find that the long run features as part of their traditional marathon training programme. As the distance increases and the time that it takes week-on-week, it's easy to fear the long run. The long run shouldn't be feared, I was re-acquainted with the "Long Run" over the Summer through my training for September's Berlin marathon and tried a few things to keep it fresh, interesting and most of all to help me enjoy it. Here's a few tips and suggestions from my experience of the long run and the hours that I've spent marathon training. Hopefully there might be something to help you with yours