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Days like this

Days Like This – 214 summits in 214 days There was ice on the windscreen, ruling out Kirkstone Pass, so I’d have no … Continue reading

Three Little Beauties

Three Little Beauties – 214 Summits in 214 Days  Living and working in the Lakes sometimes means finding yourself in areas seldom visited. … Continue reading

Sweet Sixteen

Sweet Sixteen – 214 summits in 214 days All my best adventures start in darkness. When this one started at 4.30am this morning, … Continue reading

Scale and Polish

Scale and Polish – 214 summits in 214 days I had my first appointment today with my dentist and long time running friend, … Continue reading

Three before Tea

Three Before Tea – 214 summits in 214 days A family day. Swimming at Holgates near Silverdale in the morning, Claire watching from … Continue reading

Nail the Coffin Trail

The Coffin Trail It’s tough. Nearly vertical. A mile long killer punch, a body blow when you least need it.  Many will be … Continue reading

Beauty and the Beast from the East in Cartmel

My eyes were watering from the strong, bitterly cold, easterly wind coming straight off the Baltic, bringing Siberian wind chill temperatures to the … Continue reading

New to the Lakeland Trails?

The Lakeland Trails season opener takes place in the pretty village of Cartmel this Saturday. For many, it will be their first trail … Continue reading

Late for Lunch – 214 in 214

Knowing I was going to be getting up and away in the pre dawn darkness brought back childhood memories of Christmas. I got … Continue reading

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High on Helvellyn – 214 in 214

It took an age to get to Grasmere. I kept on having to stop and get out to take photos of the sunrise, … Continue reading

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Foolishly Fabulous – 214 in 214

It was a stupid idea really. I’d badly sprained my ankle only a few days ago, and hadn’t even managed a run since. … Continue reading

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Poetry in Motion – 214 in 214

I knew it was going to be my lucky day when the front seats were free on the top of the double decker … Continue reading

Fetching the Van – 214 in 214

I’ve got Joss Naylor to thank for the inspiration. I was flicking through his biography “Joss” and came across a piece about his … Continue reading

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Windy Weather Window – 214 in 214

Here in the Lake District, the weather has been absolutely shit for the last week. Heavy rain, gales and even more rain. Last … Continue reading

Looking back towards Thornthwaite Beacon

Seven Snowy Summits – 214 in 214

It was a gorgeous sunny morning, with blue skies. I started thinking about a Wainwright run for this afternoon, after work. I packed … Continue reading

View from Wansfell

214 summits in 214 days

A couple of years ago, in 2016, I came up with an idea for a personal challenge. To run all 214 Wainwright summits … Continue reading

Trails less Travelled

An inspiring interview with Nicky Ridley Over the last fourteen years, I have had the good fortune to hear some incredible life stories … Continue reading

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Run in the woods

Recently I returned from a run in the woods in a state of high euphoria. I was buzzing. The light was perfect with … Continue reading

Setting off on the Derwentwater Trail Challenge

Back to Front – Lakeland Trails in Keswick

Back in September, I finally realise an ambition that has been more than thirteen years in the making. Turning up to the recent … Continue reading

55 at 55 – An Ultra Run Too Far

I couldn’t see a thing. Like a blind man, my arms outstretched trying to feel in the darkness, making contact with a wooden … Continue reading

Wasdale Weather Window – A Wainwright Bagging Run

I’d planned today’s Wainwright bagging adventure at the end of last week. Second guessing weather maps that showed band after band of fronts … Continue reading

Here comes the bride

Love on the Lakeland Trails

Many months ago, I was at one of our Lakeland Trails events chatting with Terry Charles, from Wirral Vikings. Terry ran his first trail … Continue reading