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
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
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
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
One of the questions I get asked most often is what it's like to be a running coach; I mean, what do I do all day?What I've come to realise over the last year of launching my own business is that this career is a bigger responsibility than I ever initially considered. Clients put their … Continue reading What does a running coach do?
Who would have thought I'd be writing about my 3rd ultramarathon in 6 months. I'm as in shock as you probably are, readers. I'm not sure where that young girl with no self-belief has disappeared to, but I am completely comfortable with the new 'can-do-anything' woman that has emerged over the past couple of years. … Continue reading Mud, motorways and mates (and an appearance from Bon Jovi): The Warrington Way Ultra