Stroud Trails (Race 8)

It had been an unusual week. It’s not often you wake up not knowing that you’d be going to sleep in a different country. Family comes first, and sometimes that means forgetting your own plans and hopping on a flight last minute. Within the space of half an hour, I’d booked my flight, unearthed my passport, […]

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Up down all around (race 7)

I was late getting to the race, because of my study. Running from practicing a conference presentation about technology-facilitated sex trafficking, to running a race to raise money and awareness to prevent sex trafficking. My life is busy, and my world is large, but I decided a long time ago that I wouldn’t live an […]

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Offa’s ‘Orror (Race 6)

Beautiful scenery, forest trails, following the river; definitely my happy place! For me, this is what running is all about, experiencing nature’s beauty, exploring new avenues and adventuring off the beaten track as you push your body to its limits. Organised by my running club (Chepstow Harriers) for over a decade, Offa’s ‘Orror is a […]

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The juggling act 

Yesterday, someone asked me (presumably joking), “do you have an addictive personality?” It cut straight through my soul. Because yes. Yes I do have an addictive personality. I was even given a book about it when I was a teenager. Whether it be slot machines at arcades, stupid apps like candy crush, my newfound love […]

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Dot dash dot (race 5)

“What’s next on the list for your 30 races then Jen?” coach Mike asked. “Kymin Dash”, I replied, “although I’m not sure if it’ll be challenging enough to include … maybe I’ll decide after the race.” Mike laughed, “Oh trust me, it’ll be challenging enough!” I’d like to say all races were run with the […]

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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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Sail away 

By the time anyone would know what was happening, it would be too late. I wondered what it would feel like, how long it would take, whether people would have to watch me die or whether I would simply disappear under the water and disappear from sight forever. Thud, thud, thud. I could do it. […]

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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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