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.
In early 2017 I was lucky enough to win a competition by Threshold Sports in Running Magazine. The prize was a place in their Race to the King ultra marathon, a double marathon from Arundel in Sussex to Winchester Cathedral and coaching from ultra marathon runner and coach, Kerry Sutton.
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.
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.