DNF debut – failing to become a #lakelandlegend on the Lakeland 100.

(nb - by way of polite information for any non-runner friends, DNF stands for 'Did Not Finish'.) Before I begin, a short public service announcement. This blog is all about my failure to complete the recent Lakeland 100. I have seen how these things go on social media - they are often a cry for … Continue reading DNF debut – failing to become a #lakelandlegend on the Lakeland 100.

Aiming to become a #legend on the Lakeland 100.

In three days time I will be starting out on my Ultra Running Holy Grail - the Lakeland 100. I have had this race on a pedestal from the day I first heard of it. In my mind I have long considered it to be the pinnacle of single day (ish!) ultra/trail running in this … Continue reading Aiming to become a #legend on the Lakeland 100.

My dirty little secret.

'No-one ever said it was going to be easy.' The opening line of Inspiral Carpets 1994 top 20 single 'I Want You'. But also relevant to anyone out there aspiring to achieve things in their life. Obviously, I am talking about physical achievements here, but if you want to relate it to something dull and … Continue reading My dirty little secret.

2016 – the year of the PB. (Just don’t mention the resolutions!)

Well heelllllooooooooo! Long time no see! I direct you to 2016 New Year Resolution no7 - I will keep my blog more up-to-date. Epic fail 1! Utterly hopeless. This end-of-year round-up will, in fact, be my THIRD - that's right, just my third post of the year. A shambles. Especially considering that many of the … Continue reading 2016 – the year of the PB. (Just don’t mention the resolutions!)

Ultra Time Again (and 4 months of other stuff)

Well, my New Year Resolution of keeping my blog more up-to-date went well didn't it? I know you non-teacher folks get fed up of us bleating, but this year workloads have reached a new low (honest). Add in the fact that currently, as of June 1st, I have run nearly 750 miles (over 250 more … Continue reading Ultra Time Again (and 4 months of other stuff)

Toughest. Race. Ever. The Northern Cross Country Championships. Witton Park, Blackburn. Saturday 30th January, 2016.

Here is my review of yesterday's Northern Cross Country Championships, which I have written for the Wigan Harriers website. I was going to re-write it for the blog, but I'm sure you can spare me that chore and forgive me if you do not know the people involved. Hopefully it will at least give you … Continue reading Toughest. Race. Ever. The Northern Cross Country Championships. Witton Park, Blackburn. Saturday 30th January, 2016.

2015 – The Year of the Gear.

nb - apologies for the lack of pictures to make my boring writing more interesting. For some reason I am unable to add any media to this post due to (apparently) an annoying HTTP error(?) If I resolve this issue, I will add some images later. Sorry! December 30th, 2015. I suppose the purpose of … Continue reading 2015 – The Year of the Gear.

From Ultra Runner to Club Runner – how did ´╗┐that happen?!

Time continues to fly. I continue to spectacularly fail to keep my blog even remotely up-to-date. School work continues to get in the way - of the blogging, I hasten to add, not the running which, through as much luck than management has, if anything, been taken to a new level since the ultra; rather … Continue reading From Ultra Runner to Club Runner – how did ´╗┐that happen?!

#110kforAlisha. Becoming Ultra. Memories and conclusions drawn from the Lakeland Trails 110K Ultimate Trail.

It is now almost two months since I successfully completed the Lakeland Trails 110k Ultra and, in my eyes at least, officially became an ultra runner. Given that this was the entire purpose of this blog, I feel slightly sheepish and embarrassed that it has taken me this long to pen my review of the … Continue reading #110kforAlisha. Becoming Ultra. Memories and conclusions drawn from the Lakeland Trails 110K Ultimate Trail.

Alisha Bartolini / Meningitis Now

Friday night. 11pm. In exactly a week it'll be last minute preparations, kit checks and safety briefings before a midnight departure onto the fells to start the best part of a full day running. So it's long overdue that I tell you a bit about the person who has inspired, if not the running itself, … Continue reading Alisha Bartolini / Meningitis Now