Fresh is Best

Running, fitness and health overall is not just exercise to me, it’s not just about challenging myself physically, achievement and racing.  It’s a daily ritual that fills me with energy and the optimism to tackle each and every day.  Health and happiness is a process, indeed a way of life, and requires commitment from you … Continue reading Fresh is Best

Getting Started

Rewind the clock back 15 years and you will find me; overweight, unfit, unhealthy and in no means anything resembling a runner. Anyone can be a runner, if I can, then you can too. I started my fitness journey jogging and walking as a way to lose weight, get a little fitter and be a … Continue reading Getting Started

Redemption at Gran Trail Courmayeur

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

I came and I conquered!

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!

Going off the grid

“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

Trail Running in Tuscany, Italy: A ‘Run’ Through Time

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

Why you simply HAVE to run the Marathon du Mont Blanc

I. Loved. Every. Single. Minute. A marathon of true beauty! Marathon du Mont Blanc is more than just a race, this is a party of trail running that takes place in one of THE Mecca’s of the sport, Chamonix. Traversing through the awe inspiring nature reserve, The Aiguilles Rouges, this event has eight various trail … Continue reading Why you simply HAVE to run the Marathon du Mont Blanc

Morocco Tizi n Trail 2018

Tizi means mountain pass in Morocco, but this event could easily be called ‘Sahib n Trail’ meaning friends & trails. Imagine a lovely long weekend away in the sun, running undiscovered and remote trails in a country full of culture and colour. Add to this the security and comfort of a fully supported event where … Continue reading Morocco Tizi n Trail 2018

Half MdS Fuerteventura, but not half as hard!

After a so-so Scottish summer the invitation to attend the blue water of the Canary Islands, sparkling in the hot sun alongside the white stony seaside cliffs for the inaugural Half Marathon Des Sables in Fuerteventura sounded like too good an opportunity to pass up. 4 days later, 270 runners that took part could all … Continue reading Half MdS Fuerteventura, but not half as hard!

Spartan Beast Edinburgh

As if the Spartan race series isn't hard enough....Edinburgh's Spartan Beast was made all the more memorable and challenging with the 'summer' conditions experienced. 15 miles in the Pentland Hills, 3,500m of ascent with 30+ obstacles!! No wonder it felt hard.  Normally the distance and ascent in itself would not be a struggle but not … Continue reading Spartan Beast Edinburgh