De-mystifying ultra marathons?

Posted on 03 April 2011

Is an ultra marathon so special? Is it really difficult to do? Are the people involved with ultras some magical creatures in the shape of man, performing uncomprehendable feats? Well that is not how I see it. Every time I have been to an ultra marathon I have met a truly great crowd of people. […]

Running mountain trails in the snow

Posted on 13 March 2011

I got up today and was really keen to see if I could do a long run. In my head I had that I should do more than a marathon. However when I started out I quickly realise that the trails were deep in snow and there was no way I was coming back before […]

end of the road?

Posted on 30 November 2010

Sometimes a picture says it all, and in this case I think the picture from stage 2 of the 2010 Jungle Marathon says it all. I collapsed and was carried out of the jungle by the local firemen who supported the race. But whilst one part of my jungle adventure grind to a halt, another […]

In the jungle, the mighty jungle

Posted on 16 September 2010

23 days to go and counting… I will be on the starting line, deep in the Amazon rainforest, ahead of us will be a river which crossing becomes the start of the Jungle Marathon. Yesterday I met with a participant from last year who said that the first 3km took him 1.5h to complete last […]

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Desert Ultra – Namibia 2013

Posted on 26 June 2012

My friend Wes and Beyond The Ultimate are hosting a great new event in Namibia in 2013 – The Desert Ultra. You can find more information about the race “here”. It looks like a good one!


Extreme Running (Addictive reading!)

Posted on 13 August 2010

Health warning: Be very aware that when you open this book you will be starting a new set of “must-do” races… So with that health warning issued I can start to sing the praises of this book. I got it a few years ago and I still keep returning to it to read about a […]


Energise your body, feed your brain

Posted on 21 July 2010

When preparing for an ultra it is very important to plan your hydration and energy strategy. When are you going to drink, what are you going to eat at what point etc. Over the years I have been running ultras I have tried and tested a few different ways and at my most recent race, […]

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Spartathlon 2011 – by Mark Woolley

Posted on 20 October 2011

I got to know Mark in 2009 when I did the Al Andalus Ultra in Spain. Mark is a phenomenal runner and has run in so many classical ultras: Badwater, UTMB and many more. This year he wrote a great piece on Spartathlon, it really makes me think that one day, one day I’ll be […]

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