This was my second year at Thunder Run. After the 2013 episode of Thunder Run, in which it really did lead up to its name; caked in mud throughout the 10km course, thunder, lightening, torrential downpours you name it we had it. This year we had the complete opposite, as temperatures hit a near scorching 30 degrees, the dry heat, solid ground and most importantly ample amounts of cake with the ability to eat it … Full Report
Saturday midday and I set off frantically to reach Crich to run up a big hill to the Crich monument overlooking the little village of Crich - Christ why not?. Why you ask? Why not I ask.
With only 10 minutes to spare when I arrived, I forgot my Garmin and ran to the start to register and stick a wonky number on my tee-shirt. The village fate green was in full swing with tempting … Full Report
This race had always been held at the end of August and always clashed with other events, so when it came up that it was the first Sunday in July myself and friend Becky jumped in to register.
As it clashed with the Tour De France coming to Sheffield the field would be a little small this year, but that didn't stop us. Far from it, in fact I had a plan, a plan that … Full Report
9 month ago I failed to make the start line of 'Round Sheffield' - a 50 mile relay (and that year the first Sheffield Ultra) due to injury 2 weeks before the event. Gutted was not the word to describe how I felt after all the training and route reccies I had put in. So I vowed I was doomed to ever do a 50 miler. However I had spotted the NoMad Ultra, 50 … Full Report
This was my nemesis, after having an awesomely terrible run x2 years ago I avoided it last year but this year has been the year of conquering my fears, so this time I decided to make up for last year and run twice if I was needed.
Low Bradfield is always quintessentially English at its best and worst come rain or shine, summer or winter. A beautiful 'village' setting nested between the lush greenness of … Full Report
The Ramathon was back after 18 years, Derby's half marathon. I wasn't even down to do this race as it was road and I was in the midst of holidayness. However a place came up through a friend of a friend and I snatched it up and seamlessly was able to swap names for the entry with just a 2 pound surcharge.
Of course I was running this as best friend Becky was running too … Full Report
Its Parkrun time. I am not a massive lover of Parkrun, some people live and breath them, there are even Parkrun tourists who go round all the Parkruns in the country, the live and breath that 9am start on a Saturday morning.
I on the other hand would probably prefer to have a trot on the trails near to home. However sometimes there is a time and a place for a Parkrun especially if there … Full Report
West Highland Way – 96 miles over 5 days in other words Scotland's Great Trails-Slighe na Gàidhealtachd an Iar.
So when telling people I was off on holiday to run 96 miles over 5 days instant Scottish response was: Yer aff yer heid – yeah probably.
Setting the Context
When the opportunity came up to run the West Highland Way with some of the guys from Sheffield Running Club I was somewhat disappointed that it … Full Report
Cue 18 months ago; I qualified for a 'club championship' entry place in London. Even back then I wasn't sure if I wanted to enter it or not but hell it was a guaranteed entry in one of the most famous marathons in the world, with the privilege of starting just behind the elite men - was I stupid to not take the opportunity? Most people told me so.… Full Report
Sunday morning, the day after a 21 mile event in the Peak District and my calfs are feeling the effects of near on 3000ft of climb but hell I am on my way down to Derby in my yellow mobile to run a 5 mile race with my bestie Becky. Hell why not? Something to do on a Sunday huh? A Brucy Bonus - the sun is shining and Helen has got her shorts on, … Full Report
Third time lucky for me, the Grindleford Gallop, a 21 mile off road event around the Peak District. I have always wanted to do this but having either been injured or too late to apply I have failed for the past few years. The good news this year was that due to a leak through twitter I was one of the near 100 who entered 5 days before entries were open. You gotta love twitter, … Full Report
You can't get better than this - the National Cross Country Championships. This year slightly more local in Nottingham so why not give it a go, 5 miles over cross country terrain running in the biggest cross country pack in the UK, from elites to non-elites - an amazing experience with nearly 8000 runners in total.
A minibus of Sheffield Running Club guys and girls made their way down the motorway to Wollaton Park in … Full Report
I have renamed this run the Darley Abbey Cross Country Run for it was not your average Parkrun. I was down in Derby for my best friends' birthday so what better way to celebrate it than to run around a park, a proper park with proper grass and proper mud and proper squelch. This was all in derby and I want one of these in Sheffield, a cross country Parkrun
9am over 100 runners lined … Full Report
It was an exciting typical sunday at the end of January. It was raining. It was exciting. It was time for the Tigger Tor, a 9.something fell race in the heart of the dark peak organised by the lovely Totley AC. Number one rule when doing a race, always check the weather and go prepared regardless of kit checks. Number two rule always check the start time of the race.
Well I got the first … Full Report
It's taken me three years to get to the Northern Cross Country event. Third year lucky? Third year mucky! Struck with flu or injury in previous years I was just glad to bag a seat on the minibus all the way to knowsley Safari Park in cheshire. Such Fun.
The journey there over the pennines to the dark side made me appreciate my love for off road running. The sun gleamed over the hills as … Full Report
So at the very last minute, that was actually 59 seconds not a minute because every second counts when you are running of course, a flat course, whatever the cause a friend gave a friend of a friend of a friend of a colleague of a friend a spare place for Bolsover 10 km. What you hear me saying? (do you hear me?) I am going to run a 10 km? I am going to … Full Report
Once again the Percy Pud had arrived. I gave my PB to Mr Percy Pud x2 years ago and since then never got anywhere near it. Last year I got my PW (personal worse) but had such a fun time pacing a friend around the course. This year I was aiming to enjoy as much as possible armed with a 7 mile run before hand and a rucksack supporting a laptop due to being ‘on … Full Report
This was the last of the 4 shuffles at Silkstone. Although I had registered for all four throughout the year I only had managed to make one other – the first one, typically off the back of another injury at the beginning of the year – see the pattern here? The other two I missed were due to having ‘better things to do’ like running 69 miles over 2 days in the summer at the … Full Report
This was my third Heanor Christmas Pudding run, having only decided to do it 6 days previous after managing to complete a 9 mile fell race I was sure I had it in me to run a 10km. I said ‘run a 10km’ not ‘PB on a 10km’. I entered because Becky my lovely inspiring friend from Derby was doing it and it is a lovely route having done this race twice before in 2011 … Full Report
There is no castle in castle parkrun believe it or not, so that means we don’t run around a castle three times, instead we run
around a park three times, up and down and round and round and repeat three times. I wasn’t going to be king of the castle today or queen of the castle or queen of the hills.
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If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost;