A Little Adventure: Two days on the Cotswold Way

I think it's fair to say that I've been bitten by the ultrarunning bug. Back in 2011 when I started running regularly, I joined my lovely club the Ealing Eagles. I remember jogging along next to a man who had (at the time) run some 70 marathons and was heading very quickly towards becoming a … Continue reading A Little Adventure: Two days on the Cotswold Way

Somerset

"What's a red weather warning?" I pondered, over a large plate of lamb curry in an Indian restaurant in Exeter. It was a wet and windy January evening, and I was preparing myself for a trip into the Exmoor National Park the following day in the midst of Storm Eleanor, the most powerful weather system … Continue reading Somerset

Devon

[This post is adapted from my recent article for the iffleyroad.com journal] I love it when a plan comes together. Late in October, at a meeting with some of the Iffley Road brand ambassadors, Claire and Bill showed us an example of their brand new Dartmoor baselayer. "I'm actually going to the highest point in … Continue reading Devon

Black Mixen

I've recently returned from a fabulous week in Wales, mixing work and play with performances at the Presteigne Festival and a few days in the mountains around Snowdonia. Running the horseshoe from Llanberis via Moel Eilio, Snowdon, and Tryfan was amazing (if a little crowded in places), however perhaps the highlight of my trip was … Continue reading Black Mixen

Shropshire

Hello dear reader, I'm going to start this blog post about Brown Clee Hill, the highest point in Shropshire, by saying something strange: My route was rubbish, and I don't recommend you follow it! The lower slopes were poorly marked, overgrown, crossed by extra fencing, and generally no-fun. But I promise things did improve, and … Continue reading Shropshire

Berkshire

Several years ago (before I used Strava, my God!), one of the first county tops I made a special trip to bag was that of historic Berkshire, Walbury Hill. Significant in that at 297m it is the highest point in the southeast of England, beating Leith HillĀ in Surrey by just three metres, I was keen … Continue reading Berkshire

Surrey

Ahh, Surrey. The commuter belt county - a paved Mecca for London's cycling hardcore and weekend hobbyists, a place about which Jeremy Clarkson famously remarked "If Kent is the Garden of England, then Surrey is the patio." Perhaps this is true, but he's forgetting one important thing: The divide that signals the end of London … Continue reading Surrey

South Yorkshire

For my next county top report I thought I'd head away from the south of England and tell you about a long jog on a very cold winter's day back in 2014. The highest point in South Yorkshire* is a small rock formation standing at 548m named High Stones, just south of the better-known Margery … Continue reading South Yorkshire

Dorset

Around this time last year, I was finally able to tick off a county top that I had been very keen to visit since I started my challenge: Dorset. Much of my family grew up in this most polarised of counties - one in which half of the total population live in the Bournemouth/Poole conurbation; … Continue reading Dorset