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The Clockwork Nature of the Backyard

The Clockwork Nature of the Backyard

Captured during one of the thirty-four aid station breaks from last weekend. The S*Wagon proved perfect for this job. I love routine and structure...

What is possible?

What is possible?

Steps and Smiles along the Leeds and Liverpool canal path this past weekend at God’s Own Backyard Ultra. I recall running past the sign that infor...

Stay. In. The. Fight.

Stay. In. The. Fight.

“Stay in the fight.”Four words. Four simple words.Repeated time and time again.When fatigue sets in.STAY.When discomfort arises.IN.When darkness a...

Gods Own Backyard Ultra 2021

Gods Own Backyard Ultra 2021

What can I say? I gave it absolutely everything I had but after 34-successful yards (141.666-miles) in a little under 34-hours, I failed to comple...

Ultra-Trail® Snowdonia 165 ⛰ 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

Ultra-Trail® Snowdonia 165 ⛰ 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

Where do I begin? A race tagged ‘Beautiful beyond belief. Savage beyond reason’ proved exactly as the name suggests. 90+ starters, with only 32 fi...

🚨 This Year’s Smilinggg Samaritans Fundraiser Announcement 📣

🚨 This Year’s Smilinggg Samaritans Fundraiser Announcement 📣

I’m delighted to announce that rather fittingly starting on World Suicide Prevention Day - Friday 10th September 2021 at 11:00am, I will be toeing...

Ultra Challenge : Lake District 100km

Ultra Challenge : Lake District 100km

Yesterday was the greatest trail running experience of my life to date. To explore the Lake District on one of the most beautiful days of the year...

Mental Health Support: “Samaritans Will Listen” - Featured Article on Men’s Fitness

Mental Health Support: “Samaritans Will Listen” - Featured Article on Men’s Fitness

Personal trainer James Cooper explains how Samaritans helped him – and could help you – overcome issues around mental ill-health.  Between 2013 ...

Endurance Life : Sussex Coastal Trail Series Ultra

Endurance Life : Sussex Coastal Trail Series Ultra

Wow, what a day! ☀️Couldn’t have asked for better weather yesterday, and I couldn’t have asked for much more from myself. Gave it my best and was ...

March Training Stats

March Training Stats

Back once again with the month of March training numbers and what not. If there’s one way to observe how fast a month passes, it’s to perform a ta...

February Training Stats

February Training Stats

February seemed to come and go in an instant. Granted 28-days opposed to 30 or 31, but it certainly flew by!It’s been a particularly successful mo...

Running To Me.

Running To Me.

A few thoughts on running.