Running the South West Coast Path from Crantock to Holywell Bay, Cornwall

I’ve been on some picturesque routes while I’ve been training for the 13.1 mile Camelot Challenge. But I think it’s fair to say that my runs around Sherborne, Swanmore and the Meon Valley Trail are no match for my final training run on a stunning day on our holiday here in north Cornwall.

I started out from Trevella – the holiday park we’re staying at for the week.… Read more

Trail running around Droxford, the Meon Valley Trail and Exton, Hampshire

With a cross-country half-marathon coming up in only four weeks’ time, I decided to hit the trails again last weekend.

Last week’s run around Sherborne was a bit of a disaster, so I was hoping that this one would go a bit more smoothly. I planned a circular route from Upper Swanmore near Bishop’s Waltham on the edge of the South Downs National Park.… Read more

A trail run around Sherborne, Thornford and Lillington, Dorset

When I think back to my school days, there was a two-word phrase that was always sure to strike terror into me and my classmates.

No, it wasn’t “school dinners”, the title and surname of feared teacher “Mr Mulliner” or even “religious education”. The two words that sent a collective shiver down our adolescent spines were “cross country”.

See, “cross country” (aka trail running) at King Arthur’s Community School was in fact, “‘Cross the road, there’s a large field on a really steep hill full of cow shit – run down it then back up again”.… Read more

Running from Durweston to Shillingstone on the North Dorset Trailway

After the high of finishing the Southampton Half Marathon a couple of weeks ago, I’ve found it really hard to motivate myself to get running again.

I’ve also struggled physically – my legs were shot after a couple of miles when I dragged myself onto the streets last weekend, and my thighs seem to be constantly burning when I tackle the hills on my bike on the way to work.… Read more