“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 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”
I love an adventure! I’d run the Black Mountains at the end of last year, not as a race but with a group of friends who have the same love of the trails as I do. The hills have some serious elevation, throw in some technical, mixed terrain and you have the idyllic runners playground.Continue reading “The Black Mountains”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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