My health has led me to evaluate my race calendar and goals after a period of reflection!
Cardiac Arrest...........Heart Failure............ Those two words always sound so terminal. The terms mean that the heart has stopped beating due to an 'electrical fault' with the signals the heart received to instruct it to beat. Heart of the problem My race diary for this year was quite busy with races planned every month to the … Continue reading One step forwards……….
Over the past ten years or so there has been a rise in the number of trail events in the UK. This has led to a number of excellent race series being set up such as the Lakeland Trail Series, Hardmoors, Trail Outlaws etc. I have previously praised the Hardmoors series of events for their … Continue reading Dales Trail DT20
'There is no place for arrogance or complacency in racing because you are up there one minute and on your backside the next' The above quote by Jockey Tony McCoy, was directed at horse racing. However it applies equally to running too. Back in 2013 I was in my best running form. I had ran … Continue reading Don’t let your success make you complacent!
It doesn't matter how well your training has gone, how fit and ready you are before race day, ultra races are long enough to potentially ruin any plans you had. The weather, your choice of kit, hydration and nutrition are among some of the factors on the day that can change the outcome of your race. … Continue reading Hardmoors 55 March 2017
So last weekend was my last long run weekend before the Hardmoors 55 on the 18th March! I had previously struggled to be able to do the 'back-to-back'(B2B) long runs, that are key to Ultramarathon success, mainly due to personal circumstances. However I set aside time to be able to do this for this race. … Continue reading It’s taper time!
So it is not long now until my biggest Ultra of the year (from a mileage perspective that is!). Not a long one to some of you, but the longest distance I will be running! (I don’t know why Ultra-runners apologise for the distance they are running….'I am only running the 50 mile event', or … Continue reading Not quite a racehorse yet!
February weather in the UK is very variable. One day it can be mild (about 10-12 deg.C) and sunny, then it drops to just above freezing, cold and wet. So it wasn't a surprise to see the forecast for Sunday 12th February to be 'challenging' The Hardmoors Saltburn marathon is based on the North East coast … Continue reading Hardmoors Saltburn Marathon