Do it Afraid – DNT 2018

Drakensberg Northern Trail 2018 was so much more than a race to me. Actually it wasn’t a race at all. It was my first venture back on the trails in 8 months and my longest run since July 2017.  It was a big test for…

The Mountain Buffalo at #DNT2017

People usually don’t like doing things that they’re not good at.  We tend to stay in our comfort zone and pick jobs, holidays, races, partners and restaurants where we know what to expect, not wanting to venture into unknown territory, in the fear that this…

The frying pan that was #ADDO2017

  Too much of anything is bad but too much running is barely enough.  Often when you do a challenging event you think ‘What am I doing here?’, ‘Never again.’ Or ‘Why am I doing this to myself?’  I don’t know if I’m a sucker…

A 42km run down the hill

I am very happy to report that I survived the weekend, am uninjured and in a much better head space than a week ago.  My post KAEM blues have subsided and I no longer feel like the world is going to end because I’m back…

Bad Plans – #KaapsehoopMarathon

I have decided to do a different type of blog post about the Kaapsehoop Marathon coming up this weekend.  Rather than just doing a race report I am going to write half of the post before the race and the other half after.  As this…

#KAEM2016

Writing about the Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon is not easy.  I worry very much that I won’t have words to do this amazing event justice.  Ask anybody that has done it and they will tell you it’s not a race but a life changing experience. …

A Stumble, Fall and some Sherry in Rhodes

After a very busy first few months of the year things went slightly pear shaped as the weather got colder and winter started.  I had reached pretty good form running under five minutes a kilometre for the first time I can remember towards the end…

#3Ultras14Days

A few weeks ago I was sitting around feeling very blue as it was the first time in months that I did not have a big race coming. After the ADDO and AfricanX the reality of being back home was just a bit too boring….

ADDO 2016

It has been almost a month since the 2016 Addo 76 trail run and I have had a lot of time to reflect. I can say that it was by far one of my biggest trail running highlights the past year and I will definitely…

Falling around in the Mountains

At the end of November after a very successful Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon I took off to go do the Lesotho Ultra Marathon. My equally crazy running friend Nic Grannum accompanied me on the trip, him with slightly more tired legs than my own having…