Preparing for the High Peak Marathon

Many years ago a friend told me about this race. He said I'd love it. It was called the High Peak Marathon but it wasn't actually a marathon, it was quite a bit further than that. He said that it was nearly all pathless, crossed the bogs and hills of the Dark Peak and that …

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High Peak Marathon 2017 Race Report

You can read about the year's worth of preparations here Race Night On the night of the race we met up at a packed Edale Village Hall and huddled in a corner near the kitchen. I packed my bag, unpacked, put a layer on, repacked, went to the toilet, unpacked, repacked, went to the toilet, …

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Part 5 – My first ultra marathon – the V3K – Welsh 3000s in one day.

Preparation I arrived embarrassingly under prepared. I was about to take part in my first ever ultra marathon (this is just a footrace that is longer than a marathon) and by the time I swung my sandaled feet out of my car, it was late enough for the near solstice sun to have dipped behind …

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Part 3 – Snow in Snowdonia – What not to pack on a winter walk

You've probably all seen those photos with a silhouetted figure looking out across some high alpine ridge, snow everywhere and a slogan about ambition or achievement or standing tall or that you should 'go to your dream'. I get the impression that rather than actually wishing to climb mountains in the winter, most of the …

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The Garrigil Round – Taking in 5 Hewitts – Burnhope Seat, Dead Stones, Flinty Fell, Round Hill, Viewing Hill

A quick weekend up in the North Pennines. It's a beautiful place, wild, lonely and yellow. We set out on a run taking in 5 Hewitts - Burnhope Seat, Dead Stones, Flinty Fell, Round Hill, Viewing Hill. Starting as the sun came up, pretty close to the shortest day of the year, the ground was frozen. …

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From being lost in the clouds to my first ultramarathon – the Welsh 3,000s and the V3K

It's been about a year since my last post on here. Since then I've ridden 1,500 miles from Nottingham to Norway; ran a few ultramarathons; hiked in the Italian and French Alps; learned how to rock climb and been on a climbing trip to Mallorca; ridden to Brugges and back on a fixed gear bike (again); …

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Part 1 – Five Clueless Teenagers Climb Snowdon ‘Fast and Light’

This is the first installment in in the story of my obsession with the mountains of North Wales. At the time, I didn't think that it would lead to multipitch climbing, crampon envy and more recently, completing a vegan ultra-marathon. This article breaks the usual thingswhatihavedone rules in that these photos aren't taken with a …

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Part 2 – Welsh 3000’s in Two Days

It's 2011. I'd completed a few of the classics by now, National 3 peaks, Yorkshire 3 peaks etc and so started to look for the next challenge. I wondered what other attention grabbing ticklists there were to complete in Wales.  After all, my very first mountain was in Snowdon and my curiosity about those other outlying …

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