Running a 50km Ultra this June…

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Writing up the 100k challenge – a challenge in itself

It’s been almost 2 months since the challenge. Writing up a blog post for it has felt as daunting as the event itself. For now, I will post my post-challenge video which takes you through the 24 hours of the event. I will write it up and analyse the stats in a later post but…

My 100km ultra-challenge is tomorrow!

Tomorrow (Saturday 29th June) I take on my toughest ever physical challenge. I’m doing it for the Youth Adventure Trust. I’ll be hiking 100km continuously across the Cotswolds. Continously i.e. without sleep – hopefully taking around 24-27 hours. The route This is the provisional route. It says 61.98 miles but in reality it’s looking like…

One month to go until my 100km challenge

OH BOY. In one month, I hike 62 miles non stop. Aiming to do it in 24 hours. I start at 08:20am on June 29th. Being me, I’ve built a spreadsheet with predicted pace, stoppage times etc. Realistically, 22-24 hours is potentially achievable if I really don’t stop much at all and keep my pace…

Route – Mendips Views – 18/19miles

Yep – addicted to the Mendips for training. And for a few good reasons: Minimal farms to walk through Minimal fields with stiles to cross Therefore minimal cows And minimal navigation issues Sadly – this time – the cows are out!! This will make me divert my routes in future. There’s now cows on Dolebury…

Hiking from Chew Magna to Bristol – 9 miles

I’m taking every chance I can get to get some hikes in, leading up to my 100km continuous challenge in June. This one was an almost spontaneous decision to walk home from a day trip to Chew Lake and the nearby animal park. I’m going to break with convention and start with a recommendation –…

Hiking the Seven Sisters – 5 miles leisurely hike

An enjoyable short hike in training for my 62 mile ultra challenge this year. The route takes in the famous Seven Sisters. It’s a return trip route, taking in the cliffs from both perspectives, and feeling those painful hills twice! Parking at Birling Gap is tricky, the car parks were full to bursting, so we…

Boot lacing techniques to reduce pain and blisters

In training for my ultra-hike this year, and the marathon hike last year I’ve had to quickly learn techniques to ensure my boots fit correctly. Learning these techniques (along with good sock selection*) took me from losing multiple toenails and severe ankle blisters on short walks, to doing marathon hikes with absolutely no pain or…