The Classic Fell Race

Every August a small village in the Yorkshire Dales holds an event that is synonymous with fell running- the Burnsall Feast Sports. This year gave me my first opportunity to take part in this classic race steeped in history, with origins dating back to 1870. And it was on my birthday too, so a bonus camping weekend ensued! … More The Classic Fell Race

Taking the Plunge

  I have always hated swimming. I think it has always stemmed from a mild fear of being submerged in water, that feeling of never quite being comfortable or in control. I am good at windsurfing, used to race in dinghy sailing and am a (very) average surfer, but have never been keen on anything that goes … More Taking the Plunge

Beware of the Hype

I always have an issue when organisations boast they are the “greatest” or “best”. The Lakeland 100 claims to be the best ultra race in the world. What do the organisers of the UTMB say about that? London Marathon claims to be the greatest marathon in the world. Based on what? According to who? Because … More Beware of the Hype

Like a Jewel in the Sun- Barcelona Trail Marathon

Freddie Mercury was right, and it is a beautiful horizon too. But for me the attraction of Barcelona lies in the hills and mountains that surround the city, and on Saturday 25th March the small village of Begues was the setting for the Ultra Trail Barcelona (UTBCN). Comprising of races ranging from kids to 100k there was … More Like a Jewel in the Sun- Barcelona Trail Marathon