Endurance Life: Gower Ultra

Another race that’s been on the radar for quite some time. The Gower Ultra – as described on their website – is a 32.9 mile trail race ‘set against an awe-inspiring natural backdrop of cliff tops, downland, woodland, sand dunes and world famous beaches’. With over 4,000ft of elevation and the prospect of gnarly, winteryContinue reading “Endurance Life: Gower Ultra”

Volunteering – Robin Hood 100

Ask any race director and they’ll be the first to tell you that without volunteers, there are no events. It’s true. I’m guilty of taking races for granted. Don’t get me wrong – I’m the first to acknowledge and thank all volunteers – whether that’s in the local 5k parkrun, a large inner city marathonContinue reading “Volunteering – Robin Hood 100”

Conti Thunder Run 24hr – Solo

My first 24hr event. The Conti Thunder Run is the original 24hr trail race consisting of as many 10k laps as you can muster in 24hrs.  Now in it’s 12th year, it’s held in the grounds of Catton Park, Derbyshire and attracts thousands of runners who are up for a challenge – whether that’s runningContinue reading “Conti Thunder Run 24hr – Solo”

The Piece of Cake Trail Marathon

The ironically named ‘Piece of Cake Trail Marathon’ which proved to be anything but… Located in the spectacular Carding Mill Valley in the Shropshire Hills, this is another one of Denzil’s ‘How Hard Can It Be Events’ which have now become a firm favourite of mine in the calendar. With options to run either aContinue reading “The Piece of Cake Trail Marathon”

Westcountry Ultra Hilly 50

The ‘Westcountry Ultra Hilly 50’ – what a blast! Organised by Albion Running, the race is part of a three-race series; the Westcountry Ultra Flat 50, the Westcountry Ultra Hilly 50 and the Westcountry 100 – all running over the same weekend.  I’d opted for the 50 mile hilly version.  With over 8,500ft of elevation,Continue reading “Westcountry Ultra Hilly 50”

4x4x48 Challenge

The challenge: run 4 miles, every 4 hours for 48 hours. I stumbled upon the 4x4x48 challenge a couple of years ago and it has resonated with me ever since. Popularised by American fitness guru, ex navy seal and ultra runner David Goggins, it’s now an annual event featured heavily across all social media platforms.Continue reading “4x4x48 Challenge”

Maegen Fitness Lifestyle

I’ve never obsessed about my weight. I lead a fairly active lifestyle. I’m fortunate enough to be able to run 4 to 5 times a week, averaging between 30-40 miles outside training blocks and have completed distances from parkrun to ultramarathons. I’m happier, healthier and fitter than I’ve ever been yet my BMI classifies meContinue reading “Maegen Fitness Lifestyle”

Running Review of 2020

What a year! No-one could predict what 2020 had in store for us and as I type this, things looks pretty bleak as we head into the New Year. Running feels pretty insignificant compared to what’s happening in the real world but I’m trying to normalise things as much as possible. Running has always helpedContinue reading “Running Review of 2020”

The Waseley Hills – (Unofficial) Marathon DNF

Not all runs go to plan. The Waseley Hills, at 150 acres is situated in South-West Birmingham and is a popular range of hills which form part of the North Worcestershire Path. Off the back of completing a marathon around the Lickey Hills a couple of weeks ago, I’d set myself a challenge of runningContinue reading “The Waseley Hills – (Unofficial) Marathon DNF”

The Lickey Hills (Unofficial) Marathon

The Lickey Hills – my old stomping ground and the setting for my latest adventure. With over 524 acres of hills, woodland trails and panoramic views over the surrounding countryside, it’s an idea location for a bit of Type 2 fun! I’ve been running the Lickey Hills religiously for the past 5 years – it’sContinue reading “The Lickey Hills (Unofficial) Marathon”

Milton Keynes Winter Half Marathon 2020

It’s good to be back. The pre-race nerves, the tension that builds as you make your way to the start line and the excitement as you cross the timing mat – I’ve missed it all. The Milton Keynes Winter Half Marathon is billed as the final race in the calendar and this was to beContinue reading “Milton Keynes Winter Half Marathon 2020”

‘Robin Hood 40’ – (Unofficial) Ultra

Sherwood Forest: Nottingham – the legendary stomping-ground of Robin Hood and the setting for my latest (unofficial) ultramarathon. So how did this all come about? Bloody Covid-19 again, that’s how! Back in July, I made contact with Ronnie Staton at Hobo Pace UK who organises events in and around the Nottinghamshire region.  I was interestedContinue reading “‘Robin Hood 40’ – (Unofficial) Ultra”

“A Coventry Way” (Unofficial) Ultra

“A Coventry Way” is a 40 mile route circumnavigating the city of Coventry. Although you’re never more than 5 miles or so from the city centre, the large majority of the route is off-road and passes through mainly agricultural land in Warwickshire and Solihull. A couple of friends had completed the route and having livedContinue reading ““A Coventry Way” (Unofficial) Ultra”

The Edale Skyline

The Edale Skyline is a 24 mile circular run around the stunning vale of Edale in the Peak District. With over 5000ft of elevation, the route summits Win Hill, Kinder Scout, Brown Knoll, Rushup Edge, Mam Tor, Black Tor and Lose Hill. I’d been planning a visit to the Peak District for a few weeks.Continue reading “The Edale Skyline”

Injury Setback: Achilles Tendonitis

It’s been two weeks since I laced up a pair of running shoes. Two long weeks. To be honest, I’d known there was an issue with my Achilles for a lot longer but I’d chose to manage it rather than treat the route cause. I was simply delaying the inevitable. Most niggles you can runContinue reading “Injury Setback: Achilles Tendonitis”

Worcestershire Circular (Unofficial) Ultra

I’d got the idea of running the Worcestershire loop from Kate, a friend from club who had devised the route and posted it on Strava. The route was a 32 mile circular starting and finishing at her parents house in Bromsgrove. I lived a couple of miles away so starting and finishing from mine wouldContinue reading “Worcestershire Circular (Unofficial) Ultra”

Normal is no Longer the Norm: Covid-19

It’s been 4 months since my last race – and subsequently my last post. The world has changed. The Covid-19 outbreak has been a global pandemic which has threatened our health and lifestyle choices; causing so much fear, stress and anxiety to many. The norm is no longer normal and daily routines are non existent.Continue reading “Normal is no Longer the Norm: Covid-19”

The Imber Ultra 2020

My first official ultra of the year and a run I thoroughly enjoyed! The Imber Ultra is a trail run covering approximately 33 miles of the Salisbury Plain and the Imber Range Perimeter Path. Conditions underfoot are a mixture of mud, grass, gravel and hard trail. The race wasn’t on my radar until Paul, aContinue reading “The Imber Ultra 2020”

Scott’s Dirty Dozen Trail Race 2020

The Dirty Dozen Trail race is a stunning multi-terrain run which meanders its way through Cannock Chase in Staffordshire. The course itself is a challenging route on muddy terrain, with both single file and hard stone tracks underfoot. It also has it’s fair share of hills and features the ‘Ditch of Doom’ – which ifContinue reading “Scott’s Dirty Dozen Trail Race 2020”

Bromsgrove to Worcester Circular (Unofficial) Ultra

The ultra that almost never was… Storm Ciara was expected to cause havoc across the UK and with winds of up to 80 mph forecast, there had been Amber weather warnings in place prior to ‘race day’. Not technically a ‘race’, a group of fellow runners had come up with the idea of running fromContinue reading “Bromsgrove to Worcester Circular (Unofficial) Ultra”

Icing on the Cake Marathon 2020

The first race in the calendar and one I very much look forward to. The Icing on the Cake‘ marathon is set in the Shropshire Hills and covers just shy of 5,500 ft of climb in and around Carding Mill Valley and the Long Mynd. Last years event was cancelled due to snow so I’dContinue reading “Icing on the Cake Marathon 2020”

Running Review of 2019

In reflection, 2019 has been by far the most successful, rewarding and challenging year since I started this running journey back in 2015. It’s been a year of personal achievements and milestones as well as having it’s fair share of tears, injuries and mental health issues. Running has turned from an addiction into a lifestyleContinue reading “Running Review of 2019”

Mortimer Forest Trail Run 2019

Wow! What a race! I can’t remember the last time I had that much fun on the trails. Don’t get me wrong, it was tough, ridiculously tough and ridiculously muddy! But wow, so much fun… This was my second time running this race after securing a last minute place last year. Held in Overton, nearContinue reading “Mortimer Forest Trail Run 2019”

Milton Keynes Winter Half Marathon 2019

My 4th time running this event and now a firm favourite in the calendar. The Milton Keynes Winter Half Marathon is a traffic free, scenic and relatively flat route along the canal paths and redways of Milton Keynes. With it’s race village at Willen Lake, it boasts an almost festival-like feel to it with liveContinue reading “Milton Keynes Winter Half Marathon 2019”

The Sunset to Sunrise Challenge 2019

The Sunset to Sunrise Challenge had been on my radar for a number of years but had always clashed with other events. Fortunately for me, this years race fell on a free weekend so I signed up for it without any real expectations. The race itself challenges you to run as far as you canContinue reading “The Sunset to Sunrise Challenge 2019”

Post-Race Blues and Stuggling to find my Mojo

It’s been two weeks since I completed Lakes in a Day and I’ve done very little in terms of running. In all honesty, I’ve struggled with fatigue and illness but more worryingly, I seemed to have lost my mojo. It’s not uncommon, I know I’ve felt like this post marathon or milestone run before. ItContinue reading “Post-Race Blues and Stuggling to find my Mojo”

Lakes in a Day 2019

It was 07:59 and I was standing at the start line for the Lakes in a Day 2019 ultramarathon. Everyone around me looked nervous, it felt unnervingly quiet and I felt sick to the stomach. What lay ahead was a 50 mile race from Caldbeck to Cartmel covering the length of the Lake District fromContinue reading “Lakes in a Day 2019”

Additional Kit, Nutrition and the Final Long Run

Week 19 – Taper Phase w/c 23.09.2019 Recommended mileage: 14 milesActual mileage: 28.1 miles I’d booked Monday and Tuesday off work. Ruth was away in the Lake District, enjoying a relaxing week at Centre Parcs whilst I got to spend some quality time with Thomas whilst James and Oliver were at school. It also gaveContinue reading “Additional Kit, Nutrition and the Final Long Run”

Trailffest Half Marathon 2019

About to board the train to the start line What a brilliant race! The Trailffest Half Marathon is billed as ‘one of the most scenic you could hope to run, with dramatic changes of scenery and terrain the whole way to the finish line’, I wouldn’t disagree. Everything about this race, from the steam trainContinue reading “Trailffest Half Marathon 2019”