Trail running

Love Trails Festival kicks off on Thursday 4th July based in the Gower Peninsula, Wales. There will be four days of running, live music, workshops, talks, yoga, fitness and lots more. I've been working with Love Trails Festival again this year and this year you'll find me taking part in the following; Thursday 4th July - Speaking at "A Night of Adventure Tales" Saturday 6th July - Leading the Running Adventures Ultra Run Sunday 7th July - Leading Run to Coasteering I'm looking forward to meeting lots of other likeminded runners and enjoying some great days of running. There are still a few final tickets available on the Love Trails Festival website. Use code LTFAMBASSADORTOM for 10% off.    

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. Running becomes more of a struggle; harder to get out of the door at 5:00am, uninspiring routes lit by street lamps, legs unforgiving after recent marathons, fewer upcoming races. It's time to get motivated for 2019 and the year ahead. The Summer of 2018 was all about the ultra marathons for me and as I start planning upcoming races I wanted to take a look back at a few highlights and a year of pushing myself to go further and faster than ever before. Over the past few years I've found that my "running year" has followed a similar structure; Christmas - April - train for and target a

Last weekend I had opportunity to go along and be support crew for Pip as she took on her first ultra marathon and first 100km run. Keeping water bottles topped up, cheering on runners and running back along sections of the course to keep Pip company, it was a brilliant experience and I captured the race in a series of photos. It was a brilliant experience to get out on The Ridgeway and experience an event from the other side after much of my time is spent running and competing in races. I'll definitely be doing more crewing and if anyone needs a support crew, you know where I am

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

Last weekend saw the Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc, more commonly known as the UTMB, roll into Chamonix as the world's best ulta-trail runners took to the Alpine trails, battling it out for the top spots. The week-long event hosts five different races with the PTL, CCC, TDS, OCC and UTMB all being staged on different days. The number of elite runners taking on the various events is huge, it's like a who's-who of ultra running with familiar names including; Jim Walmsley, Kilian Jornet, Caroline Chaverot, Sally McRae, Holly Rush, Tim Tollefson, Damian Hall, Rory Bosio and Emelie Forsberg to name but a few. Alongside these athletes are thousands of runners all taking on these challenging events for their own reasons, having already put in the hard work to event qualify to take part. I wasn't in Chamonix this year, but it's well and truly safe to say that I was addicted to the

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

Epic Journey On Friday 30th September I headed North with Pip after work, embarking on a 5 hour car journey to a cottage in rural Northumberland where we were staying for the Kielder Marathon. If you picture an extremely isolated farm house in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by fields, forest, sheep and grey stone walls, you will have a pretty good idea of the type of place we were staying. We were sharing the cottage with our friends Kate and Hannah, who had booked the day off work and were already there waiting for us to arrive. Following a pretty seamless five hours of A roads and motorways, our sat nav decided that it would attempt to take us to the cottage along narrow tracks that went across fields and into dense forest. After a half an hour of driving in the pitch black; a few tight three-point turns, a couple

Whilst at this year's Conti Thunder Run I did some filming of the event using my GoPro Hero Session. The footage includes action around the course and a full lap using a headcam. After a few months, I finally got around to editing the footage. This video will give you an insight into what the event is like and get you in the mood for the 2017 Thunder Run. Conti Thunder Run GoPro