Trois, deux, un, GO!! A sea of 2,543 runners start moving through the iconic starting archway in Chamonix. Emotions are running high through the field of runners taking on the UTMB (Ultra Trail Mont Blanc) of which 40% will not finish; the streets are lined with thousands of supporters all cheering us on and the … Continue reading Monkey Get Off My Back
I smiled as I ran down from Elisabetta refuge, this time last year it was pitch dark and a violent storm raged around me as I was halfway through the Gran Trail Courmayeur 105km race in the Italian mountains. I did not finish (DNF) the race which is why I was back for another crack … Continue reading Redemption at Gran Trail Courmayeur
A giant wall nearly 30 feet high stretching 5,000 miles through Northern China built in the Ming Dynasty to keep invaders out and now a UNESCO site, many parts are through tough, rugged mountainous terrain....perfect for a marathon right? With 20,000+ steps traversing the Gubeikou and Jinshanling sections of the Great Wall on both older … Continue reading I came and I conquered!
https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-rw8f6-b67f85 I chat with Hoko One One elite athlete Ashley Brasovan fresh after her win at the 10k Marathon du Mont Blanc.
https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-66m54-b2e813 I catch up with the amazing Anna-Marie Watson talking about her last 2 years of some pretty amazing accomplishments, what’s up next and her key tips for success.
‘Come on! Come on!’ The shouts and cheers from the local families were ringing in my ears. ‘Splash!’ Another bucket of water drenched me along with the sound of laughing and squealing from the group of local kids that had thrown it on me. The inaugural Ultra X Sri Lanka 250k over 5 days was … Continue reading The UltraXperience – Sri Lanka
Winter is coming...This year having spent my first year in Chamonix I’ve had the experience of -10 degree days, even colder nights and knee high snow paths that the chance to escape this year to run in Morocco held more significance than usual. With the snow drifting onto the tarmac of the Geneva airport runway … Continue reading Exploring the roof of Morocco – Atlas Mountains
A year ago I witnessed my husband, Dion; tackle ,suffer and ultimately complete the HURT 100 where in the days after this accomplishment he said to me in all honesty ‘I don’t think you could finish this race’. He said this with 2 meanings; firstly he knew that kind of talk would challenge me to … Continue reading We wouldn’t want it to be easy, would we?
“I don’t think I can do this Dion! It’s too much, this race is too much. I’m not strong enough for a race like this”. It’s 70km into Oman by UTMB and I’m crying uncontrollably into my phone having called my husband in a blind panic. I’m 360 degrees out of my comfort zone and … Continue reading Going off the grid
Tuscany is where I got married and to me this place holds special memories of not only that day but of the amazing hospitality shown by the Tuscan people and the amazing landscapes and traditions experienced in this area. The opportunity to explore a new camino, Via della Lana e della Seta (Silk and Wool … Continue reading Trail Running in Tuscany, Italy: A ‘Run’ Through Time