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

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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

Norfolk

All things considered, it had been a pretty manky afternoon so far. The rain was falling hard onto the roof of the wedding marquee which had become our makeshift dressing room, the ground was becoming gradually more waterlogged, and the sound department were running behind to the tune of hours rather than minutes. I was … Continue reading Norfolk

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

Essex and Cambridgeshire

It was the first warm day of spring, and work duties were to take me to Bury St. Edmunds for the afternoon. I had spotted some time ago that the highest points of Cambridgeshire and Essex were adjacent to each other, not far from the sleepy village of Great Chishill (little more than a hamlet … Continue reading Essex and Cambridgeshire

Yorkshire

It's been a busy week with lots of travelling, and only time to squeeze in a few gentle runs before this weekend's Hampshire Hoppit Marathon. But after finishing the recording of Kate's next album (Christmas music...in June!), I just couldn't pass up on the opportunity to get in a little trail time and check out … Continue reading Yorkshire