The blog follows my so far fairly successful attempts at running /crawling various distances from 10k to 268 mile races around the UK and Europe.

2014 Race plans

Montane Spine race (268)
Hoka Highland Fling (53)
Barrow to Keswick (41)
West Highland way race (95)
Artemis Quadrathlon
Devil o the Highlands (43)

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Monday, 19 December 2011

First ever blog

What are you supposed to say in your first blog.  I'm not sure, but lets start with Hi and thanks for dropping by.  I didn't really know what to call it or what direction the Blog will take in the future but here we are.  I will pad out with some stuff I have done before both running mountaineering and try brighten things up with the odd picture.

In the immediate future I have am entered in The Spine race, which is the full length of the Pennine Way, approximately 268 miles (431km).  I've never raced anything like this distance before, let alone in the  winter.  sounds like a challenge eh? I think so.

So what makes me think I can do it, well I have spent allot of time running ultra marathons (33-95 miles) in the last few years, along side this I have also spent allot of time in the mountains of Scotland and to a much lesser extent in Europe, Canada and New Zealand.  So combining a good level of fitness and my mountaineering experience = a mild confidence I can complete it.  I hope I don't have my A's muddled up, AMBITION and ABILITY!!!

A nice crisp head torch run of 10 miles tonight on the Buchan line.  Most of my recent training has been in the dark and off-road as I approach the Spine race.  As the race is in January I will only have 7 - 8 hours of day light to travel in each day.  The remainder of the time I'll be running, walking or crawling with a head torch and hopefully some moon light, fingers crossed on that though.


  1. Welcome to the world of blogging Mark.

    I'll add your blog to the whw blog roll!

    I look forward to reading all about your exploits!