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

Double-Header Part 1: The Running Update…

It's been over a month since my last post (thanks for all the messages about that one, BTW  - must try to work out how to keep the responses on-screen!) and, as expected, mad work season plus the resumption of training (thank goodness!) has meant there simply hasn't been time to keep my blog up-to-date. … Continue reading Double-Header Part 1: The Running Update…

Saturday 11th May, 1985.

This post is a bit off-subject, but today is the 30th anniversary of the Bradford City fire disaster. On a bright, sunny May day in 1985, thousands descended on Valley Parade to celebrate that rarest of events - a Bradford City Championship winning season. What happened next is etched into the minds of any Bradfordian … Continue reading Saturday 11th May, 1985.

The Conti Lightning Run – One Year On…

Sunday 3rd May, 2015. 3.00pm. The injured ankle is improving. Not run yet, but have managed to get on the cross-trainer, so at least I am doing some sort of training. (8 weeks to go...) However, at this very moment, somewhere near Walton-on-Trent in Derbyshire, hardly souls will be entering the last 3 hours of … Continue reading The Conti Lightning Run – One Year On…

The Highs and Lows of Trail Running (or Easter 2015 update, if you want a dull title instead.)

Nine weeks today (Jeez, only nine?) I will (hopefully) be nearing the end of 110km of running, basking in the satisfaction of completing my first ever Ultra. If I was feeling supremely optimistic, in nine weeks I may be already finished, given that the race clock would now be showing 18 hours 15 minutes! However, … Continue reading The Highs and Lows of Trail Running (or Easter 2015 update, if you want a dull title instead.)

Loving the Lakeland Trails! (Even when they bite back!)

Last Saturday (21st March) saw the return of the new Lakeland Trails season. A series close to my heart for at least 2 reasons: firstly, it was the series in which I made my 'proper' trail debut just two years ago and, secondly, they are also the hosts for my up-and-coming ultra debut in June … Continue reading Loving the Lakeland Trails! (Even when they bite back!)