Garburn pass on Sunday, and then this morning. Today the dog kept looking at me as if hoping I'd see sense and just go back to bed. Eventually I just took her back to the van because she looked too soggy and victimised. Apparently it's still in the 20s and sunny in Italy, which is good to know 👍#lovethelakes#autumn#fellrunning
There are so many Sveti puns I could make right now 😅 This morning we ran to Sveti Stefan, hiked up to a view point (highly recommended) and ran back down all before lunchtime 😍 Only being here for 3 days means we're unlikely to be able to head to any of the national parks (😭) but to be honest the routes along the seafront are unbelievably gorgeous, empty and provide as good views as any! Thanks to @fms.fossils and @goprouk for capturing this shot! 🏃🏼♀️ #trailrunning#hiking#svetistefan#svetiflora#fellrunning
🎼”Baby it’s cold outside....” 🎵
Well it soon will be and you don’t want to get caught out by Mr J. Frost this Autumn/Winter.
Selection of gloves and mitts available now in store from Ronhill and Inov8.... Too early to mention ‘Chri....’ ?
Took my first tumble of the year yesterday whilst descending Walla Crag yesterday. I’d just over taken 2 runners who were pottering down to Ashness Bridge. I turned on the burners slipped and hammered my shin on a rock. Bounced back up and waited till I was out of sight and ear shot of everyone before the inevitable swearing started. This photo was taken to mask the pain I was in. It was a bit of a long hobble home #oops#ashnessbridge#fellrunning#trailrunning#lakedistrict#wallacrag#salomon#timetoplay#humptydumpty
Thanks for the love @active_root 😍more than chuffed to become an ambassador 🤟want to try it out? Swing by @run4it_ in Giffnock or come along to our next hill run! 🚐 🏔🏃🏼 #loveliverun#activeroot#discoverginger
On Saturday I ran #LakesInADay - a 50 mile journey across the fells from the top to the bottom of the Lake District ⛰. I had such a brilliant day, the already great route became even more exciting with the wild weather, waist high river crossings and almost swimming through lake flooded trails! 🌪
After running together for most of the day it was an absolute joy to cross the finish line in 1st overall place with Clarens, and to set a new female course record was just the perfect ending to a fantastic day! 🥇
On Saturday I took on the mighty Lakes in a Day, 50 mile ultra run through the Lake District.
It's fair to say that this event mixed with Storm Callum, chewed me up and spat me back out again.
Here I am coming down Halls Fell Ridge, wrapped up but soaked to the bone already and this was the first section!
Unfortunately I was unable to complete it as I had to pull out at Fairfield. But after covering around 32 miles in some horrendous weather (due to some detours) I have to say it was a superb event and even though the wind was strong enough to throw me to the floor, I loved every minute of it.
Will I be back to try again? We will have to see 😉 ⛰🏃🏻♂️⛰🏃🏻♂️⛰🏃🏻♂️⛰🏃🏻♂️⛰🏃🏻♂️⛰ #LIAD#UltraRunning#UltraRun#Mountains#FellRunning#Outdoors#Adventure#OutdoorLife#Explorer#StormCallum#UnfinishedBusiness#TrailRunning#LakeDistrict#HallsFellRidge
I saw a lot of talk on social media last week about mental health issues among young men.
Back in my early 20s I hit a rough patch that lasted for a couple of years. I didn’t have clinical depression, I wasn’t having anxiety attacks, I’d just had a few really crap things happen in rapid succession, life was going a bit sideways and it had all taken its toll.
I was working in a ‘bloke-y’ job at the time and I didn’t want to let slip that I wasn’t ok so I kept it to myself and nobody ever really knew what was going on.
I was outwardly fine but in reality I was in a bad state. I wasn’t really able to talk to anyone and didn’t want to seek professional help because I was in the process of joining the military and didn’t want anything potentially suspect on my medical history.
So I kept things to myself and would go running up into the hills with my dog to get a bit of a release. It was the only time I ever felt ok and I don’t know what I would have done if it wasn’t for running around with the mutt, but I’d get back to my car and would feel almost unable to turn the key. I didn’t want to go back to it all.
I wanted to just sort myself out because that’s the kind of man I wanted to be and I didn’t want to be a burden to my friends or family. We all live busy lives and nobody likes a complainer was my thinking.
It might have made all the difference though if I’d just admitted that I wasn’t ok and if somebody had ever pulled me to one side and simply asked ‘Y’alright mate?’ it would probably have meant the world.
Traditionally, men don’t talk about their issues but sometimes we should if things are piling up. I’ve known people who’ve taken their own lives amidst the desperation and maybe it could all have been avoided if they’d reached out.
I’ve long since moved through all of this and am glad to have come out the other side, but many aren’t so fortunate.
So, even if you are turbo-manly, if you’re having a crap time of it and you’re in the neighbourhood let me know. We can have a cup of tea and talk it out. I’ll bring the dog too. He’s a good listener.