#9 Scafell Pike Fell Marathon

#9 / 12 Scafell Pike fell marathon, 02 September 2020 09:40:44 And now for something completely different… A late change to a COVID-affected Summer holiday found Cally & I in the Lake district for a week’s break. I had one eye on my September marathon but had not planned anything Read more…

#8 North Downs Way 100 mile

#8 / 12 North Downs Way 100 Mile Ultra Marathon, 08 August 2020 27:52:17  So many things were uncertain about this one. The biggest two were: starting, and then finishing. This race had been an elephant in the room for months. I think it was back in January when Read more…

#6 Beer Ultra 50k

  #6 / 12 Beer Ultra 50km, 13 June 2020 8:32:58 (6:32:24 moving) Easy to explain. Hard to fathom. 5 laps of 2 loops: 5x (2x (5km [3mi])) = 50km [31mi] Drink a beer at the start of each loop (in my case Peroni 330ml bottles) Drink a beer at Read more…

#5 Kingswood 100k

  #5 / 12 Kingswood 100km, 24 May 2020 13:37:25 No medal, no fellow competitors, no start or finish line – this was always going to be a challenge. It would have been easy to bail on this one after the cancellation of London2Brighton. I had really been looking forward Read more…

#4 Banstead Woods

#4 / 12 Banstead Woods Trail Marathon, 11 April 2020 04:12:59 My second COVID-19 affected race. April was due to be the London Marathon – still looking forward to that postponed event in October. With no runs happening this was always going to have to be a bit creative. I Read more…

#3 Sussex trail marathon

#3 / 12 Sussex Trail Marathon, 14 March 2020 05:41:56 This was not Barcelona. I had been looking forward to a weekend away with a flat(ish) big city marathon for a change but COVID-19 left me looking for an alternative at short notice. Fortunately the folks at Endurance life were Read more…

#2 Northumberland “Marathon”

#2 / 12 Northumberland Trail Marathon, 22 February 2020 05:15:57 “Savage” is the word for this one. The Northumberland coast boasts a wild beauty and on a calm sunny day I’m sure its wonderful. Mid Feb in the throes of a series of storms which had been marching in off Read more…

Running down that hill!

I learned a hard lesson last year in my first 100km ultra: the downhills can kill your quads. I was reminded of this on Tuesday when I had the great pleasure of a run in the hills in Barzio Italy. This was a short ‘work’ getaway to ski. Sadly the Read more…

#1 Gloucester Marathon

Photo by  Vicky #1 / 12 Gloucester Marathon, 19 January 2020 03:53:25 I think I’m starting to get the hang of this (this was my 7th). Up ’till now each marathon has been its own focal point preceded by a structured training block of 16-18 weeks. Leading into the first Read more…