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

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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

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

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