Don’t get cross, cross train!

In late 2014 I succumbed to a parasite I ingested whilst overseas on business. It was my 3rd year of training/racing and I was completely gung-ho, doing 3 ultramarathons, 1 iron distance duathlon, 1 coast to coast mountain bike race, a coast to coast adventure race and a 58mile road cycle sportive. As a result,…

Passing The Test

On Saturday 10th March I started and completed the Chester Ultra 50miler. This was my 15th ultramarathon and one I headed into relatively relaxed and quietly confident of achieving a good time. Anything under 11hrs and I’d have been delighted. But that’s not how the day was going to pan out. Instead what followed was…

I have Diabetes, I am not Diabetic!

Before you read any further, it’s vitally important that you understand this is my own personal experience and NOT a medical claim. As with all of my posts, they are my opinion and experiences and not intended to give advice for which I am not qualified. So here we go. In 1998 I was approx…

A Success Story

This post is a really short one. Because it’s less about me and more about one of my friends, Carl Baker. Carl is a blogger. Herbalife put me in touch with Carl to help him trial the products. This is his story. The only thing I want to say in positioning this piece is that…

Hoka Stinson 3 ATR

Having fallen out of love with my Rapa Nui TR2 for being a little too snug at the toe, I’d made the switch to La Sportiva Akasha (see previous review) for technical running but was missing that soft, bouncy feel of a cushioned shoe when doing bigger miles. So I went looking at Hoka again….

The ‘Ratcatcher’

My foray into endurance events began in 2012 with a 2 day adventure race called Scotland Coast to Coast. 105miles by bike, foot and kayak. It’s put on by a company called Rat Race Adventures and this is NOT a promo or sponsored post for them. All events referenced were self funded. I’ve entered and…

LaSportiva Akasha

I’ve used Brookes Ghost, New Balance Leadville 1210 and even Nike Lunars (when I first started) to run various ultras in the last 5 years but for 2015 and 2016 I made the switch to Hokas. Specially Hoka Rapa Nui Tr2 and I owned 2 pairs putting circa 1500 culmulative miles into them. But I…