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Returning to Staveley 18k Lakeland Trails

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clock6th May 2019

All part of the build towards Lakeland 50, this run was to get miles in the legs in the Lakes. Build up had been a little erratic due to another chest infection which had meant 2 weeks without running in 8-21 April. At that time I’d started doing some 16-17k runs locally at conversation pace […]   Keep reading »

2019 Running and looking Forward

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clock8th February 2019

Ready to hit 50 in April is something I’ve taken to be looking forward to with real anticipation. I’m also trying to learn to be much more focused in my planning of the year ahead, in order to ensure I can build in appropriate training and rest. Below is what I want to achieve and […]   Keep reading »

Scorching trails in Staveley

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clock9th May 2018

What a glorious day at Lakeland Trails Staveley! For this event, when the sun is out, you can simply lap up the festival atmosphere of a trail running event 🙂 I’d arrived around 08:30 so as not to rush and risk missing the registration cut off time as I had done at Hawkshead! It was […]   Keep reading »

Remembering why you run

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clock23rd April 2018

Hawkshead Lakeland Trails event offered the perfect opportunity to remind me why I love to run. And why trail running is a particular favourite.   The #Run1000Miles community, set up by ex Trail Magazine editor Claire Maxted in 2017,  continues to thrive in 2018. There are almost 4,500 members now from all parts of the […]   Keep reading »

Dirty Double weekend at Helvellyn & Ullswater

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clock27th October 2017

Shattered and smiling. Sweating buckets as I struggled to effortlessly ran over the top of the climb between Silver Crag and Birk Fell. My son well and truly disappeared into the distance. And I was loving it!!! This is the ‘Dirty Double’ weekend of Helvellyn and Ullswater Lakeland Trail runs. First time I’d done it for 5 […]   Keep reading »

5 Ways Running Improves Your Health

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clock6th October 2017

Guest author: Joana Teixeira   So, how does running improve your health? There are the obvious fitness benefits and also some others that you may not have thought of. For example, if you want to know how to lower cholesterol with exercise, running can play a big part in that. From strengthening your muscles, improving […]   Keep reading »

Scorpion Stings family in the Lakes

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clock9th May 2017

It’s rare an entire family will be stung by a scorpion. At Staveley, all four of the McCarthy’s endured the “Sting in the Tail”. And what a day it was! All four of us taking part in a Lakeland Trails event for the first time. The kids have really got into running as a previous […]   Keep reading »

Does running ever become enjoyable?

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clock24th March 2017

“Does running ever become enjoyable?”  That was the question posed by a running club mate as we both recovered from a chip-timed track 5k. What he was getting at, in joking obviously, was the pain. You know you’re going to go through it. You know it will hit you and your brain will tell you […]   Keep reading »

Thank you kids, thank you Harriers, thank you parkrun

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clock12th March 2017

Never could we have imagined the influence #parkrun would have on our already active kids. First, Louis (15) wanted to try and complete a 5k run. So I took him to Heaton Parkrun – running with him was amazing. On completing it his reaction was “God at times I felt I was dying then!…Can we […]   Keep reading »

Show Your Love for the Lakes

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clock13th December 2015

Storm Desmond has wreaked havoc on the Lakes. Yet the response has been overwhelmingly positive – which comes as no surprise given the strength of community there.   No sooner had the trail of destruction begun, there was everybody sharing the events and calling for people to help by showing their love – as this image from […]   Keep reading »


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