Hi, I’m Jeff McCarthy and can usually be found trail running and stuffing my face full of homemade food or smoothies!
3x award-winning blogger, writer for Trail Running magazine, ambassador for #Run1000Miles challenge, race reviewer, kit reviewer, runner interviewer and interviewee.
Winner: Best Reader Blog Award 2015, Trail Running Magazine
Winner: Best UT55 Review, Ultimate Trails
This RunEatRepeat.co.uk blog was set up to share my passion for running, baking, cooking. When at school I used to absolutely love athletics and cross country – in fact any sport! That passion for running was rekindled in 2008 when I did some work with PUMA who at that time were supporting the Lakeland Trails events. Hence an introduction to Graham Patten, and an invite to run Helvellyn 15km. I was totally unprepared – being able to do only about 5 miles on the flat! But I went up with a friend – someone who was a runner – and did it anyway. He advised me to just get into a rhythm and focus on that rather than the climbs. Cracking advice! I was on such a high at the scenery, camaraderie and hard exercise that I was hooked 🙂 Since then it’s been a total mix of 5k to trail marathon so far. Track/road/trail/fell, happy doing any. My first ultra was the Ultimate Trails 55km in June!
A Liverpudlian now living near Rochdale/Bury, I joined Rochdale Harriers in 2011/2. Like many people I was nervous of joining a club, not quite knowing what to expect. I found the club welcomed runners of all abilities and ages. Glad to say I’ve made many friends through running and fellow members are a constant source of inspiration 🙂
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I also love food – which is probably why I haven’t broken 40mins for 10km yet! Who cares when running lets you eat what you genuinely like. So I love bread baking, homemade food and smoothies. I’ve always had a healthy balanced diet but in the past 5 years in particular have really enjoyed the satisfaction you get from preparing more of your own food.
My experience in ongoing recovery from severe Lyme Disease (from Apr/May 2013) has meant I appreciate all of the above more than ever. The support of family, friends, colleagues, sport community continues to get me through it 🙂
Hope you enjoy 🙂