I've wanted to challenge myself to complete the Yorkshire 3 Peaks of Pen-Y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough for a while, and finally I got around to doing it at the end of September. Originally I was going to join my running club, North Bolton Runners, as they attempted it in mid-August, but at last minute the … Continue reading A Yorkshire 3 Peaks adventure
Since starting canicross and qualifying as a trainer with DogFit, people are always asking my advice about running with dogs so I thought I would try to condense it all into an article, which hopefully you find helpful. What is canicross? Canicross is the sport of cross country running with dogs. In canicross, dogs wear … Continue reading Running with your dog
One of the things I hear from clients time and time again is that having a running coach has helped them with accountability to put the training in to achieve their goals. Most people who come to me for help want guidance on how best to train for a particular event, but mostly they want … Continue reading How can a running coach help you?
I don’t really race nowadays, apart from the occasional fell race, and I certainly don’t spend every weekend doing events, but I had had the Hathersage Hurtle booked in for a while and was really looking forward to it after doing the nearby Grindleford Gallop as part of my Manchester marathon training a couple of … Continue reading Hathersage Hurtle Race Review
I've been making a real effort lately to step back from my time goals and just enjoy running. When running is your day job as well as the thing you do for fun, it's easy to get too wrapped up in it, and I found I was getting a little obsessed over speed, and when … Continue reading Why running should never be painful
Marathon season is well and truly upon us. My work email and my social media feeds have been full of training runs and questions about fuelling and tapering for the past few months, and then maranoia inevitably hits, and the internet explodes with even more questions. It's impossible to avoid the M word at this … Continue reading Why you shouldn’t feel pressured to run a marathon
I've heard this phrase a lot recently and it worries me if I am quite honest. It worries me because running is supposed to be inclusive, yet there are a lot of people under the misconception that they're not real runners, because a small minority of people are telling them that they're not fast enough … Continue reading I’m not a real runner
This marathon has been on my radar since before I even moved nearby, when I read Robert Young's Marathon Man book about completing the 5 in 5. Yes, that's 5 marathons in 5 consecutive days, where each marathon consists of five 3.8 mile loops up the same hill. My experience wasn't quite on this scale … Continue reading Hell of a Hill Marathon Review
I often hear runners asking others to point them in the direction of a ‘good’ training plan. I always advise caution when using generic plans, or a plan written for somebody else, because every person is an individual and therefore what works for one person may not necessarily work for another. As a running coach, … Continue reading How do you find the right training plan for you?
There is nothing I love more than pulling on my trail shoes on a summer’s day, and heading out onto the trails to see where they take me. A feast for the five senses: the spectacular views, or even if you’re on urban trails, the way the sunlight turns a wooded path into a glorious … Continue reading Why summer is made for trail running