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Memories & Experiences

What I’ve been up to

Below, you’ll find a selection of my thoughts, memories and experiences as well as snippets of news. But for my main blog, please go to HardasTrails.com.

Elmbridge 10k – still got a bit of speed in my legs

Running a 10km road race a week after a 100km ultra marathon is not normal practice.  But with the Elmbridge 10k being the last of the Surrey Road League races (21 July 2013), I was keen to put in a decent time for my club the Clapham Chasers. However, I certainly wasn't expecting a podium finish.  I'd looked at the previous years results and noticed that the winning time was 30 minutes or so - a good 4 minutes faster than my PB. I set off at a steady...

Spartan Race Training Camp – Part 2

If you've read Part 1 to this post, then you'll know that just getting to the start of Spartan Race Training Camp was a bit of an adventure, but what happened during the course of 4 hours in Pippingford Park in the company of 8 or so other obstacle nutters, deserves a post of its own! Having spent 6 years in the regular army, including officer training at Sandhurst, I figured I had a good grasp on how obstacle courses work.  And since leaving the Army...

Race to the Stones article in Metro

It's always exciting seeing your articles get published. And no more so than today, when my feature on the Race to the Stones appeared in the Metro. If you had read my earlier post, then you'll know that I had been rather worried about my lack of training, but it all turned out OK in the end with a second placed finish.  However, the heat certainly played it's part that day. You can find the online version of the article here as well as my ultra marathon top...

Nurofen Big Lives competition

If you watch TV, then you can't have failed to see this advert by Nurofen.  It's all part of a clever plan to engage with outdoor enthusiasts.  Well, they've also launched a monthly competition where you can win £1500 towards your adventure/quest to live a 'big life'.  It's rather ingenious! Do check out their Facebook page to see how you can vote for current applicants and when the next opportunity is to enter yourself (which at the time of writing is 5th August 2013)....

2nd place in 100km Race to the Stones

Once upon a time, a marathon would have been enough to get a 'proud dad' look from even the sternest of fathers.  But by some curious twist of the imagination, it appears that a marathon isn't enough, as more and more people look for new challenges.  To go that extra mile and push themselves beyond the limits of their self imposed expectations. Which is probably why I shouldn't have been surprised to see 750 runners and walkers on the start line of the inaugural Race to...

A Race to the Stones – what have I let myself in for?

In a little over 36hrs, at 8am on Saturday 13th July, I'll be setting off from Chinnor in Oxfordshire to run 100kms along the Ridgeway, Britain's oldest footpath, in a Race to the Stones at Avebury.  Masterminded by  fellow adventure athlete James Cracknell and organised by Threshold Sports, this is the third in a trilogy of their events I've taken part in this year - the others being the Mitie London Revolution and the Deloitte Ride Across Britain. Although I've clearly competed in some fairly epic events,...

Just entered: adidas Thunder Run 2013

'You're mad' were the words my girlfriend used when I told her that I'd entered the adidas Thunder Run on July 27-28, the weekend before we drive to Chamonix to recce the 168km long Tour de Mont Blanc route in preparation for the UTMB next month. But then, it's not every day that you're invited by join Team adidas in a race that you've always wanted to do.  So I had no choice but to say 'yes'!  In any case, it will be fun. Luckily I'm not...