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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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 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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The ultimate motivation for a day in the White Peak- a new coat!

I never need much of an excuse to go away and get muddy for a couple of days. My delightful girlfriend can however be a little more reluctant, especially when the weather forecast makes out like the apocalypse is just about to strike during the only two free days we have. She'd been banging on …

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Head to the Peak District for a Friday Night Bivvy on Beeley Moor

Walking from my classroom towards the school gates on a warm Friday in July I found myself looking through my phone book for lads who might be free for a night out. Two positive responses and a short commute and I was in my garage stuffing my bivvy bag, sleeping bag, head torch and now battered …

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