The mystical shifting sands of the Sahara beckoned and lured me back for a 2nd time to compete in ‘The Toughest Footrace on Earth’ Marathon Des Sables (MdS). A 257km, the longest MdS distance in the 31 year history of the race, gruelling multi-stage, self sufficient race in one of the most inhospitable climates on … Continue reading The answer lies in the journey – Marathon Des Sables 2016
Animo (Spanish) for spirit & courage Courage and spirit are most certainly what's needed for this race that is a true test of strength and true grit by all that venture to even the start line. Transvulcania is a 73.3km single stage race set on the volcanic island of La Palma, with 8,525m of climbing, … Continue reading Animo Transvulcania
I’ve always looked at the elevation chart before a race but the numbers don’t normally sink in as let’s face it I’m hardly a mountain runner, so when I was studying the finishing times of Transgrancanaria (TG) and the high amount of DNF’s I did start to wonder what on earth I had signed up … Continue reading Taking on Transgrancanaria
It's 7 (& a half) weeks to go until Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon, and I've fallen off the wagon. I could blame work, actually I will blame work as I was cracking along great guns until this whole help out in Edinburgh for a few weeks turned permanent move came up; and that has thrown … Continue reading The gravity of the situation dawns on me!
Coming down off the adrenaline rush that was Adidas Thunder Run was always going to be a tough week for the mileage. With only 42 miles in the bag for this week, its a pretty low mileage week but I was feeling pretty knackered all in all. I did make good use of my runs, … Continue reading A week of ups and downs