Those familiar, yet strangely unfamiliar sounds fill my ears. Music playing, announcer on the loudspeaker, clapping and the chatter from runners as they made their way past me to the start line. With the worldwide pandemic of Covid-19 this was my first ‘actual’ race of the year, it’s the 19th of September, 12 months minus … Continue reading The Gift of the Georgia Jewel
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
‘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
This ain’t no powder puff race! Epic, iconic, awesome and legendary are words you commonly here when people talk about having run a 100 mile race, which are all true when talking about Leadville, but what about legacy? How many races out there are not only changing our lives as runners but those of people … Continue reading Leadville 100-The Race Across the Sky
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
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!
Named as one of Scotland's toughest running challenges, the Great Glen Ultra starts at Fort William and covers 72 miles/116km and 9,300 feet/2,000m of climbing along the Great Glen Way all the way to Inverness. It's a long way to drive, let alone run! I had a tough day out there on the route and … Continue reading Great Glen Ultra