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True Transformation: Rachel Edmunds interview

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clock16th February 2018

A picture tells 1000 words. Combined with the person’s own words, it says so much more! Read and see Rachel Edmunds’ running transformation below. I know Rachel through the Trail Running magazine #Run1000Miles Facebook community. She was very surprised to be asked to do an interview. Hopefully you’ll instantly see why her story is such […]   Keep reading »

#Run1000Miles 2018

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clock7th January 2018

When Trail Running magazine asked me to again be an ambassador for #Run1000Miles challenge I was delighted. Paul Halford asked me to write a short piece reflecting on completing the challenge in 2017, plus offering some tips to those new to it this year. You can read the full post here.   Have a read […]   Keep reading »

Eddie Arthur interview

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clock3rd January 2018

59 year old Eddie Arthur started running in his teens. Here he talks about #Run1000Miles, favourite places to run, preferred nutrition and more.   Eddie, what was your reason for getting involved in the #Run1000Miles Challenge? To be honest, I’m not sure, I think part of the motivation was to get a free ruff. I […]   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 »

Fronting up the pain

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clock28th September 2017

“Arghhh! That knee pain is getting worse!  Feck off!” “Ignore it, it will pass…”  “This tendonitis is getting worse!” “Not cramping again?!” These are all inner thoughts most of us runners will have had. Your instinct is to resist the pain. To fight it. Surely that will make it go yes? Another technique is to […]   Keep reading »

Whooah, we’re halfway there – and some!

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clock11th August 2017

#Run1000Miles Challenge going superbly well! You may remember that Trail Running magazine Editor Claire said #Run1000Miles was about all participants having “their fittest year ever” 🙂 Well I’m one of literally thousands of people enjoying this very outcome thanks to the challenge and incredible community of people participating. The ethos was very much about this […]   Keep reading »

WTF a DNF?!

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clock24th June 2017

I pulled over just before the timing mat at 3k, ambled behind a tree and retched repeatedly. Between 2-3k I hadn’t even been running hard – fact was I couldn’t. I heard one of the marshals shout something like “over here…stomach!” and was then asked if I was okay and kindly given water by the […]   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 »

Inspirational Running Films from SHAFF17

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clock31st March 2017

Recently I had the pleasure of judging a range of superb running films for Sheffield Adventure Film Festival (ShAFF).* Below are my favourites. I hope they inspire you as much as they do me 🙂 Feel free share the joy by passing on to your running buddies!   Run Forever Nicky Spinks is a (s)hero of […]   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 »