Trail running

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

The second to last weekend in July is always set firmly in the diary as the Thunder Run weekend. The 24 hour endurance event, in the grounds of Catton Park in South Derbyshire, sees teams (6-8 or 5 per team), solo runners and pairs aim to do as many laps as they can from midday Saturday until midday Sunday. The route is completely off-road and is a technical lap of 10k, on trails, fields and through woodland, taking in a few ups and downs as it weaves around the picturesque Derbyshire countryside. The 2016 event was to be the third year that we'd taken part in the Thunder Run as a mixed team of 6-8. Our social team, the Rushmere Trail Runners, is made up of runners of all abilities who enjoy running, getting out on the trails and are up for a social laugh too. We have previously only had one team, however

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 fiancée 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

Photo copyright the East Anglian Daily Times. On the 28th November we headed to The Kings Forest, just North-West of Bury St Edmunds, for the Festive Forest Challenge, a series of trail races organised by Positive Steps PT in support of St Nicholas Hospice. Myself, Pip Cresdee and Carl Thompson all opted for the 20 mile race, however there were also options of 10k and half marathon distance events, all three were open to walkers and runners alike. Turning up on a bright, but cold, November morning, the car park at West Stow Country Park was teaming with enthusiastic people ready to head out into the forest and take on their respective distance challenges. Festive fancy dress was encouraged and was certainly embraced with lots of santa hats, Christmas jumpers and elf costumes on show. After a run briefing, everyone headed across the road for the start of the challenge. There was a real mix of people taking part, from