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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 »

Interview: Raj Mahapatra – a truly remarkable runner

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clock20th April 2017

When you’re told you’ll be in a wheelchair within 10 years and not to run, what do you do? In this poignant, touching and stirring interview, Raj Mahapatra explains how running helps him cope with one of the most debilitating conditions. In an attempt to do Raj justice, I’m writing this pretty much as the […]   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 »

#Run1000Miles Challenge

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clock6th March 2017

#Run1000Miles the email said…. Noting it was from TRm Editor Claire Maxted, I thought I’d better read. “In 2017 we will launch a campaign called #Run1000Miles which will encourage runners of all shapes, sizes and backgrounds to have their fittest year ever, running 1000 miles over the course of the year….We would love you to be one […]   Keep reading »

Lowri Morgan on #her333 Ultra exploits

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clock19th December 2016

World Class Ultra endurance marathon runner, Lowri Morgan, speaks about #Her333 challenge & her experiences of #UltraRunning and #Adventure   This is one of a series of amazing feats Lowri has in store 2016/17. #BeInspired   Lowri, for those that don’t know you. could you just tell us a little about yourself please? When I […]   Keep reading »

Do goals = happiness?

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clock5th December 2016

“Does your happiness depend on achieving your goal?” That was the question posed during a meditation session on training motivation. Up to a year ago my feelings would have responded in the positive. I was forever measuring myself against past performance. Getting frustrated at my inability to reach previous levels – be it a 5k, […]   Keep reading »

5 secrets to overcoming ultra running demons

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clock2nd November 2016

The comeback ultra – don’t let a DNF get you down (DNF = ‘did not finish’) I’ve had a funny old year for running this year. I’ve been running for 13 years now, starting as a fun runner, taking selfies during my first charity 10k (Great Manchester Run). I progressed quickly to marathon runner – […]   Keep reading »

Interview: Damian Hall Trail Runner

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clock28th September 2016

There will be tears…Damian Hall shares trail running experiences   Damian, your friends say you’re “annoyingly cheerful”. How would you describe yourself? Occasionally cheerful, always annoying? I’ve no idea. You’d have to ask other people. Oh wait, you did. Annoyingly cheerful it is then. Although, meet me 87 miles into a 100-miler and you’ll likely see […]   Keep reading »

Wild Running: Jen & Sim Benson interview

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clock23rd May 2016

Wild Running: Interview with Jen & Sim Benson Passionate about running, adventure, environmentalism, travel, mountains and so much more… Jen and Sim Benson share their experiences with us 🙂   Jen and Sim, you’re best known for your “Wild Running” book, a superb guide for anyone wishing to explore British trails and fells. Out of […]   Keep reading »