GENGHIS KHAN MARATHON 2017 DONE

Some like it hot, but they would have been disappointed by the mountains of Mongolia which hosted the Genghis Khan Marathon in temperatures of minus 32 Celsius.  The task was to navigate through a frozen river network, before enjoying traditional Mongolian and Scottish festivities.  Nowhere can beat Mongolia for the sense of space, and remoteness,… Continue reading GENGHIS KHAN MARATHON 2017 DONE

MINUS FORTY IN MONGOLIA MARK 2

Very few places excite taxi drivers, but Mongolia seems to do that to everybody.  Pavel was chock full of questions, of a place that at this time of year is one of extreme beauty, temperatures and terrain.This time last year, I was running from the reputed birthplace of Genghis Khan to the modern day capital of… Continue reading MINUS FORTY IN MONGOLIA MARK 2

THE GENGHIS KHAN ICE MARATHON- PUT IT ON YOUR BUCKET LIST

Put it on your bucket list, but pack your gloves and balaclava. I have just completed the inaugural Genghis Khan Ice Marathon in Outer Mongolia, which is just an incredible event. Standing on the start line it was -34 celcius.  This was better than expected, with temperatures of -47 celcius recorded the week before the… Continue reading THE GENGHIS KHAN ICE MARATHON- PUT IT ON YOUR BUCKET LIST

JUST PUT YOU MARATHON YOURSELF ON THE START LINE- THE LOCH RANNOCH

The finish line for a marathon is always one that requires considerable work to get there. I knew that reaching the finish at Loch Rannoch, having had the opportunity to run around the Loch in it’s full autumn glory would be extremely worthwhile, but I could not even think about the finish standing on the… Continue reading JUST PUT YOU MARATHON YOURSELF ON THE START LINE- THE LOCH RANNOCH

THE 2 HOUR MARATHON COMES TO EDINBURGH

There is a  fantastic event Sunday 23rd in Edinburgh giving you the chance to run fast, watch others running at World Record pace, and hear about how the 2 hour barrier for the marathon can be broken. Tickets can be bought here, http://www.edinburghemergencymedicine.com/summer-fair I am looking forward to a run and supporting the event, raising… Continue reading THE 2 HOUR MARATHON COMES TO EDINBURGH

RUNNING FASTER AND LONGER- SOME TIPS

I often get asked how to run faster, and how to maintain that pace. If there is one thing I have learned from running and sport in general, it is to involve the right people. So the short answer if I am looking to improve my speed and endurance is I will ask my coach,… Continue reading RUNNING FASTER AND LONGER- SOME TIPS

HOME NATIONS 100KM CHAMPIONSHIPS 2015

There are many reasons we run. It might be to keep fit, it might be to get the happy hormones going, and in addition I often use running to go somewhere new and for the buzz of competition. The Anglo-Celtic Plate/ Home Nations 100km Championships 2015 was the chance to pull on a Scotland vest,… Continue reading HOME NATIONS 100KM CHAMPIONSHIPS 2015

BLOG- SHARED LESSONS WITH THE TOPNAAR TRIBE

A huge part of travel and adventure for me is about learning.  Trips to Kenya have helped me understand more about what leads to elite performance in running, whilst Mongolia brought it home to me that happiness is more important than having things. Namibia has a few of the same challenges as parts of Scotland… Continue reading BLOG- SHARED LESSONS WITH THE TOPNAAR TRIBE

BLOG- RUNNING ACROSS THE NAMIB- PART 2 OF 2

Genuine challenges are always a roller coaster of emotion.  Both Donnie and I reflected upon what it would take to get us to the finish.  The first 3 days had proved we could have absolutely every confidence in our support crew.  Their route finding had been superb and we had been kept well stocked up… Continue reading BLOG- RUNNING ACROSS THE NAMIB- PART 2 OF 2