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
I'm taking part in a virtual challenge this month, to run #MilesforMind and as it's Mental Health Awareness Week it seemed a good chance to talk about an experience I've been through recently which impacted a lot on my mental health - bullying. It sounds silly when I write this down - I mean I'm … Continue reading Why I’m running Miles for Mind – some words on bullying
Fell running, sometimes known as hill running, but not to be confused with mountain running, is the sport of running and racing, off road, over upland country where the gradient climbed is a significant component of the difficulty. Since moving to the edge of the West Pennine Moors last autumn, fell racing has been on … Continue reading Fell-racing – falling with style
If you're a regular runner, how often do you get an opportunity to compete with the best athletes in the country? To toe the same startline, and to set off on the same gun? It doesn't happen in many sports, but the English Cross Country Association National Championships is one such event. I had been … Continue reading Running the Nationals
December is always a time for reflection, so I sat down today to write a blog post about my year, but was stumped as to how to sum up a year where I've achieved so much without a plan, without sounding like a hypocrite. As a running coach, my business thrives on setting goals, making … Continue reading What running has taught me about myself
I run with my dog a lot. I love the company. I love the sound of her paws as they thud on the ground. I love hearing the tinkle of her ID tag as she sprints from smell to smell, usually behind me, as I yell, "Bella!!!" every few minutes. I love how she forces … Continue reading Why dogs make great running companions
There has been a little controversy on Twitter this afternoon, which I suppose is not news really; controversy happens most days as people jump to the wrong conclusions and hide behind keyboards, happily ranting. Runners World UK published a web article called "25 Real Runners to Follow on Instagram", which prompted a (quite frankly, very … Continue reading What is a real runner?