Ultra-Marathons are no picnic!

A guest blog by Claire Adamson…….. After three years of supporting Ian doing ultra’s and watching him make them look easy I thought I’d give it ago, especially after being offered a free place in the 2018 Ultimate trails 55k after helping at an aid station in Glenridding last year whilst Ian was running. I…

Never Fear.. be a volunteer..

Last year I was running the North Downs Way 100 and having a really tough day at the office, but this year I had the privilege to both volunteer and be a pace runner for Mari Mauland. Its fair to say I had an absolute blast, and I certainly know which of the two weekend’s…

Crew with a View at the NDW50

After nothing short of a nightmare few weeks with regards to my own training, it should be no surprise that I have really lost my running mojo and am struggling to get it back, but when a good friend of mine was chatting to me about his upcoming effort at the North Downs Way 50…

Bedford takes on Brecon

What better thing to do on a sunny bank holiday weekend than take to the trails, and take to the trails I did alongside 30 or so other Bedford Harriers as we descended on the Brecon Beacons to take part in the Trail events challenge. With a variety of distances ranging from 10km to an…

SDW 50 – More questions than answers

It is hard to write a report when a race hasn’t gone as you had hoped and you are disappointed with the outcome. When you have trained hard and things don’t go well it leaves you with more questions than answers and that was unfortunately to be the story of this years South Downs Way…

There and back again!! 10 times.. A Flitch Way Tale.

It is safe to say that my build up hadn’t exactly been ideal to tackle the Flitch Way 100k race in Braintree. I had seriously overindulged over the festive season to the point where I had really lost my running mojo, and in the absence of any sort of motivation I was merely ticking off…

Testing the legs at Kings Forest 50km

I decided to sign up for this event on a whim after seeing it posted on facebook by one of my friends (Donna) who was attempting her first (official) ultra-marathon. I say official as she has completed a couple of White Star Running Trail Marathons and if you have ever taken part in a WSR event…

Spartathlon 2017

‘I’ve been hanging on for 26km…. I haven’t got another 34 in me’ I pleaded with Claire… ‘you don’t realise how horrible this is!’ she could see the turmoil that I was in but there was nothing she could do except try to encourage me to continue… ‘Walk if you have too but keep going.’…

The Final Countdown – Week 2 of Heat Training

After a weekend of trying to keep warm in less than ideal conditions it was time to get back in the heat chamber, and this week was to prove a test of mental toughness as well as physical endurance. The truth be told I was tired… tired of training, tired of waiting, and I just…

Training in the Heat……

This time in 2 weeks I will be running in the Spartathlon in Greece and yet this morning I felt more like I was running in a tropical rain forest as the Climate chamber at Bedfordshire University was pumping out 78% humidity… to say I was sweating would be an understatement. In fact when the…