Sugarloafing (Race 4)

Name: Sugarloaf Fell Race Distance: 11.5km Ascent: 526 metres Terrain: off-road, hilly, fell Time: 1.27.32   Fell Races have special codes to indicate the course level. The Sugarloaf is: BM/NS/LK/PM Category B: averaging no less than 125ft for every mile of climb, and no more than 30% of total distance on road NS = navigational […]

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Forever in the forest

I was super frustrated by my run today. Every step felt hard, painful and disappointing. I ran slowly and I felt weak, so weak, as I splashed through mud and barely made it up the hills. It was pretty though. Gosh, I will never take for granted the joy of running in the countryside. It’s […]

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Run the Worlds (Race 3)

Race: Cardiff World Half Month: March Distance: 21.1km Terrain: road Time: 2.10.10      I’m far too stubborn for my own good. My body was telling me it needed to stay under the doona with a hot water bottle and a flask of tea, but there was absolutely no way I was going to miss […]

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Newport State of Mind (Race 2)

Race: Newport City Half Marathon Month: March Distance: 21km Terrain: road, mostly flat Time: 2.05.03 I was umming and ahhing about Newport for aaaages, and it was only when entries closed I realised, bummer, I really did want to do a half in my home city! I was a bit gutted, knowing I’d see my […]

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Massacred (Race 1)

Race 1: Mayhill Massacre Date: February Distance: 15km Terrain: hilly, muddy, off-road Time: 1.55.15 It’s normal for me to feel a little bit nervous before a big race, and I think many runners would also experience it – if you’re not nervous maybe you’re not taking it seriously enough?! This race though, I was particularly […]

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30 Races for 30 years

Turning 30 is a big deal, right?! I turned 30 in December, and over the last few months, I’ve been thinking over an idea for how I can celebrate this milestone in a memorable, fun, and purposeful way. This is it: 30 Races for 30 Years As most of you know, I recently discovered running. […]

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Long Limp Home 

I had grand plans for today. After running 15kms along the Wye Valley Walk, I was going to go for a post run recovery swim and sauna, duck my head in at base camp for a homemade soup (and by homemade I mean even the vegetables, grown in the garden) before heading out for the […]

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Lessons From a Rookie Marshall

I had my first eye-opening experience into the world of race marshalling on the weekend. It was a fell race, in fact, part of the wonderful Llanthony Show. Pretty soon after arriving, I was painfully aware of how unprepared I was and how I was clearly a novice. Here are some lessons I may or may not have […]

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