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”

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”

‘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”

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”