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.
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
As I entered the Bois de Boulogne park, winding through the tree-lined paths, runners were starting to drop around me and beginning to walk. "Keep going" I told myself, just put one foot in-front of the other, you'll get there faster and as soon as you can see the Champs Elysees, that's it you can stop and rest. Approaching the end of the Paris Marathon, just over a month ago, I felt a million miles away from where I was four years earlier; completing my first marathon at what felt like an agonisingly slow place having hit "the wall" and torn my calf muscle! I glanced at my watch and knew that this time, the target was on, a few more minutes of running and my goal would be achieved, one of my running goals that I'd been working towards over the last four years - running a sub-3 hour marathon. Heading
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
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