The Pilgrim Challenge 2015 (66 Miles, +/-2,300m) This was my 3rd time at XNRG organised Pilgrims after a 08:49, 1st place finish in 2013 (my first ever race win!) and a 08:47, 2nd place in 2014 which was a tough weekend for me where Robbie Britton ran a great race breaking the course record I […]

A few people have asked me how I trained for the MdS in 2014 when I finished 5th and whether I could send them my training plan.  I didn’t actually follow a training plan and sort of made things up as I went along based on feel. I got a lot of my structure by […]

The CCC (Courmayeur – Champex – Chamonix) is the little sister of the more famous 168km UTMB but with a distance of 101.1km, 6,092m of lung-busting ascent and 6,268m of quad trashing descent on the trails around Mont Blanc it’s not to be underestimated .  It is a big race in it’s own right with […]

The Marathon Des Sables is an iconic multi-day race in the Sahara desert which requires the 1,000+ competitors to cover around 150 miles on foot over 6 stages/7 days in semi self-sufficiency (bottled water for drinking and an open-sided 8 man “tent” are provided).  Extreme temperatures are to be expected and 50C+ is not unusual. […]

I much prefer running on trails to roads but I still like to run 1 or 2 road marathons a year partly to maintain some speed and also as a good fitness test.  For me, there is no hiding place in a flat road marathon (assuming moderate weather) and your time is a pretty objective […]