Month: May 2014

Trail Team 2014

Well, after a week or so of not quite believing it I have now reached the stage of absolute elation after being told I have been chosen to be part of

At the end of June the six of us will be heading to Chamonix where we will be given training like an elite athlete in some of the most stunning surroundings on earth.

Philippe Gatta his wife Anna will be meeting up with us to inspire us further and we will be testing out all the best gear from


Really excited to have been given this opportunity and looking forward to the up and coming year as a member of Trail team 2014.

Goat fell race 2014

Last Saturday was the annual Goat fell hill race on Arran which I’ve been focusing most of my training for.

It was a challenging day weather wise but it all added to the excitement.

Arran Mrt marshalled the hill to ensure all the runners made it up and down safely. Without Mrt supporting these hill races, they wouldn’t be able to run.
I think it’s important to keep these races going as it’s part of our history and it’s nice to see that the insurance to cover Mrt teams has been sorted out.

My first attempt of this race was last year, where I made the mistake of going far to fast in the first few miles and burning out fairly quickly. I also didn’t have the knowledge I do now with regards to proper nutrition.

This time I made sure I was stocked up with gels & energy drink from
I can’t recommend this stuff highly enough. The gels are really tasty, easy to swallow and most importantly don’t leave that residue in your mouth that you sometimes get with other products.

Last years time over the line was 2hrs 10mins and I literally had to walk for a good majority of the way as I had raced off at the start.

This year I ran my own race, a tip a friend had reiterated to me by message a few hours before the race.

I kept myself focused and ran the entire way until I reached the boulders just past the shoulder. From here it was the spider man sprackle up to the summit where I was greeted by my good friends and MRT marshals.
They were doing a grand job in the torrential rain.

It was raining hard the entire race and I was aware of how slippy it was underfoot on the way down.

I had a couple of “nearly!” moments on the way back down to the shoulder but managed to let my feet do the work & disengaged the brain a bit.

Past the shoulder, I gained more speed and managed to fly past a few safety conscious(sensible) runners.

I flew down, ripping open another Torq gel to keep me going when I hit the flat again at the castle drive.

I’d managed to catch up with a runner who was going at my pace so I stuck behind him, focusing on his feet.

It was a short while later that I was met with a mouth full of stones.

I can’t remember falling but knew id fallen hard.

I lay there for a few seconds working out if I’d damaged my neck but I was ok so I jumped up, wiping away the blood as I had put my teeth through the inside of my lip.
There was quite a lot of blood but apart from my mouth & gravel burnt chin I was ok and good to keep going.
The guy in front had stopped to check if I was alright but after I’d assessed myself I told him to keep going.

20 minutes later I was crossing the finishing line in a time of 1hr58 and although I looked like I’d been in the wars, I was a very happy bunny for beating last years time !

A great race which can hopefully continue to run for a long time.

The Trail running team 2014

I was one of the Lucky 100 runners chosen by http://www.trailrunningteam.comto take part in an amazing weekend of trail running under the stunning setting of Helvellyn in the Lake District.

The weekend was incredible, with inspiring talks from Steve Birkinshaw and Helene Whitaker! I was even lucky enough to force myself out a third run of the day on Saturday which I spent running with Helene and another lucky trail runner James.
Helene is a truly amazing person in everything she has achieved and I’m so honoured to have met her and shared that run!
Steve is another amazing runner and has also achieved incredible things!
We all listened in awe as he told us about his up coming challenge of running all the Wainwrights in one go, hoping to also break the record
Helene and Steve are both athletes for Berghaus who also gave us a talk on what they do and how they design and produce products to best help their athletes and athletes alike.
The super light weight range they have is great for packing light and I’m definitely going to invest in one of their Vapour storm jackets (the lightest waterproof on the market) and their VapourLight HyperTherm reversible jacket which keeps you cosy one way and cool the other.

Torq fitness also gave us a very interesting and educational talk on the importance of nutrition and how their products work to help with endurance and getting the correct amount of carbohydrate intake every hour (90g).
Their three products combined- gel, sports drink and bar gives you the perfect 90g of carbs and the fructose added in their products allows for the quicker absorption of carbs into your system.
We also had a free taster of products and I can tell you they are delicious!( esp the raspberry ripple )
All of their products have natural ingredients too which I really like!

We also had a look at LEDLenser products which allow for better vision on those night time runs

All very interesting and informative!

A superb weekend organised by the team at
Staying at the beautiful, home away from home, Helvellyn youth hostel.

I left the weekend feeling on top of the world after meeting some amazing fellow runners, sharing our passions, achievements, future plans and just the general joy of what we all love to do!

Here’s a few pictures from that incredible weekend!

p>Below Helvellyn with fellow runners from the Trail Team Lake District weekend

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