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My Olympic Challenge Day #7

My Olympic Challenge Day #7

It’s been 7 days since I set myself my Olympic Challenge. It hasn’t started too well, but I’m still confident I will achieve my goal of 300 miles by the time the Olympics begin. I had some business to attend to in the Lake District last week which proved a great motivator. Two early morning … Continue reading

My Olympic Challenge

My Olympic Challenge

With 100 days to go until the London Olympics I’ve set myself the challenge of running 300 miles by the opening ceremony. “That’s only 3 miles per day” I hear you cry. This is true, but miss a few days and those 3 miles soon rack up. Plus I have a few ‘away’ days and … Continue reading

trailrunning la plagne: top 5 training routes

trailrunning la plagne: top 5 training routes

When I moved to the Alps last year, I soon found that running at 2000m is very different from training on the Thames Path and the Ridgeway back home. Alpine ascents and descents can be steep, punishing and very, very long, and it doesn’t make sense to base your training programme on distance covered when … Continue reading

trail des 2 lacs

trail des 2 lacs

On Sat 30th July we took part in the Trail des 2 Lacs in la Plagne. Being part of the mammoth 6000D Tour de Geants (Tour of Giants) event, the Trail des 2 Lacs was a smaller version with 22km and 1100m of ascent. This was my first proper race in over a year (the … Continue reading

microadventure: bivvying south of geneva

microadventure: bivvying south of geneva

I’ve finally got round to undertaking my own microadventure. Jo is going to Geneva for the weekend, so last night the idea popped into my head that I could walk back from Geneva. Simple! So the plan is that I’ll get dropped off on the outskirts of Geneva (mainly because my map doesn’t go any … Continue reading

chasing marmots, living dreams

chasing marmots, living dreams

I got out of bed at 6.45am this morning to go for a run. I’ve been struggling for a bit of motivation recently, so decided against my norm and took my Blackberry so I could listen to Count Arthur Strong. Thankfully his tongue-twisted humour helped me power up the initial, serious climb of nearly 200metres … Continue reading

less snow, more running

less snow, more running

The poor snow conditions experienced across the French Alps this season it might have meant less money filling the coffers of the ski companies, but it has proved to a be real bonus for trail runners like us – what isn’t covered in snow is better for running! While running in snow and wintry conditions is … Continue reading

cornwall CTS half marathon: 3 lessons

cornwall CTS half marathon: 3 lessons

Even after ten years in the South of England, it still astonishes me just how much South there is. After slaving through hours of Friday night traffic from Oxford to arrive antisocially late with the friends-of-friends who were putting us up in Truro, it seemed unfeasible that we were still a good hour’s drive from … Continue reading