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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

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

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