Queenstown Marathon – Nov 2018

I'd signed up for Queenstown marathon a few months before it, when I realised I hadn't set myself a challenge for a while. After doing the Wadi Rum Ultra in 2017, and then moving to New Zealand and it all going a little bit differently to how I had thought it would meant that I'd … Continue reading Queenstown Marathon – Nov 2018

Ultra-Trail Australia: 50km and 2500m of sheer joy

Or should that be sheer hell? One of the hardest races I've done, but one of the most satisfying and one of the best weekends for fun. Each year in May the town of Katoomba is descended upon by thousands of runners keen to take on the quad-busting ascents and descents of the trails in … Continue reading Ultra-Trail Australia: 50km and 2500m of sheer joy

Bellbird Buster 30km race

The Bellbird Buster is a 30km trail race in the Port Hills in Christchurch, New Zealand, part of the Crater Rim Ultra event and was my first proper trail race. The week before we'd had pretty hot sunny Spring weather so I was stoked to think I'd be skipping about the top of the hills … Continue reading Bellbird Buster 30km race

Devil’s Dash – 6.66km spooky run

Last night a group of us took on the Devil's Dash run in Bottle Lake Forest, Christchurch. It's a spooky halloween/zombie type run through the forest for 6.66km, IN THE DARK. Admittedly it was a smaller group than originally planned, but for reasons other than they were scared. I think. Kate (who, in her own … Continue reading Devil’s Dash – 6.66km spooky run

Race time – Mount Cook Half Marathon

Last weekend I did the Mount Cook Half Marathon. I've lost count of how many races I've done now; too many to count in the 7 years I've been running. But I might never have done any at all if it weren't for a friend all those years ago. I never wanted to run in … Continue reading Race time – Mount Cook Half Marathon

Guide running a half marathon

It was Global Running Day last week (6th June) so what better time than now to write about being a guide runner at a race for the first time last weekend. I've guided before in the UK, but only on recreational runs where the route and terrain was familiar so doing it in a race … Continue reading Guide running a half marathon

Running the Yorkshire 3 Peaks

As part of my Wadi Rum Ultramarathon training last year, I decided to have a weekend up north doing the Yorkshire Three Peaks as I was already heading up there to see some friends. In my crazy optimism I decided to run it on the Friday, and then walk it again on the Saturday. Not strictly … Continue reading Running the Yorkshire 3 Peaks

The £2 training plan – how it worked

During my training I created a thing called the '£2 training plan' as a way to raise cash for charity. In simple terms, it meant asking people to come join me on a training run and donate £2 each time they did it. The benefits were multiple: money was raised for charity, people got something … Continue reading The £2 training plan – how it worked