SDW100 – A day out on my favourite trail

Centurion Running’s South Downs Way 100 mile race was my first 100 mile event in 2016 and now three years later I was back taking part in the 2nd 100 mile race of the 2019 grand slam…. It had only been five weeks since the Thames Path 100, and although training had gone well and…

Wendover Woods 100 – Up, down, round and round!!

Wendover Woods, home of the Gruffalo and location of climbs that are so notorious they actually have names… Gnarking around, The Snake, Railing in the years and several others awaited a small band of intrepid runners who attempted to survive the WW100… It had been requested by the Centurion Running Community, and there had been…

Thames Path 100 – Who races 100 miles??

Who actually races 100 miles….? Surely these events shouldn’t have close finishes, they are reserved for the shorter sprints like marathons aren’t they? Apparently not…. Especially when you compete in a high quality field like the one that assembled on the start line of the Thames Path 100 in Richmond. The pre race preview had…

PB Hunting in the Spanish Sun

Sometimes you have a running ‘itch’ that you just have to scratch and for me that itch was to come in the form of a road marathon. The Seville Marathon to be specific. I had toyed with the idea of having a crack at my Marathon PB for some time but I had never been…

Running and Volunteering in 2018

It is that time of the year where we reflect on what has gone before and look towards the challenges that are yet to come. It is important to remember that things do not always go the way we plan them, there are inevitable ‘bumps in the road’ that make our journeys anything but comfortable….

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…