2020 – The story so far…….

I suddenly realised that I hadn’t written a blog post for sometime, in fact not since last year, so I thought that I had better get my ass in gear and use some of this time wisely. It may also help to pass a few minutes for some of you who like to read my…

Autumn 100 – Post Sparta recovery run!!

After I DNF’d at Wendover Woods in July due to injury and subsequently had to withdraw from the North Downs Way 100 in August (ending my GS attempt) I wanted to end my season by completing the Triple Crown of Centurion 100’s (TP100, SDW100, A100) and also complete my full set of Centurion 100 buckles….

Spartathlon 2019 – Achieving the Impossible..

‘I’m not sure what to do for the best…. it’s 153 miles you say?….. well?!?!’ These were the words of Mr Matt Fitzpatrick (Consultant Podiatrist) as I sat in his treatment room in Blackheath hospital on Thursday 5th September, three weeks before Spartathlon. Four weeks prior, he had diagnosed a peroneal tendon tear in my…

The Road to Sparta 2019 – It’s getting hot in here!

After a very successful week one of training, it was soon Monday again and time to begin the final five sessions of acclimation. This week was always going to be about striking a balance between beginning a taper towards the race, whilst still pushing me hard enough to ensure the acclimation work was of maximum…

The Road to Sparta 2019 – Back in the Chamber

Stood in the Human Performance centre at the University of Bedfordshire waiting to begin my Heat Chamber training for the 2019 edition of Spartathlon and not much has changed since the last time I was here. I’m two years older, a couple of kg’s heavier and as I was soon to find out I was…

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…

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…

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…