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
Last weekend I headed up to the Lake District for Mountain Run's Ultra Trails weekend. The training weekend is run by Charlie Sproson, an accomplished mountain leader and coach with multiple Bob Graham Rounds, a Charlie Ramsay round and Dragons Back race all on his running CV. He's also the race organiser of the Scafell Sky Race and the Lake District Sky Ultra. The two day course, held just outside of Glenridding - surrounded by an impressive view of the peaks including Hellvelyn, Catstye Cam, Birkhouse Moor and Raise, is designed for ultra runners or aspiring ultra runners, giving them the skills needed for tackling long distance ultra races. It's a course for everyone, from trail running addicts to first-timers. It was a packed schedule from arriving on Friday evening right the way through to leaving on Sunday afternoon with brilliantly designed sessions, guest speakers, running, skills and amazing food! There were
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
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
100km, my second long distance ultra marathon in three weeks, the furthest I'd ever run. This certainly hadn't been the plan at the beginning of 2017, but I enjoy a challenge and at least it would make for an interesting race, I had no idea what would happen - would my body cope for a second time? There was only one way to find out
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.