Wrapped snugly in my embarrassingly floral dressing gown with a recently washed and disgruntled dog wrapped around my shoulders, I am feeling pretty comfortable, in the physical sense, anyway. What is rather uncomfortably occupying my mind is the day I have had. My day isn’t really a patch on what the racers went through. Continue reading
I approached the Spartan Beast at the weekend with trepidation. Not because I was scared about running, but because Spartan has been about as reliable as Pierce Brosnan’s singing voice. Every race I have attended seemed to be the ‘worst one yet’ and every race I couldn’t attend was ‘ermagerdamazing’. So given that this was the only Beast in the UK this season, I didn’t hold out much hope that the shaky administration system could hold the number of Spartans clamouring for a trifecta.
Thankfully, my worries were unfounded. Continue reading
I trust those of you with your finger on the pulse of all things UK OCR will have seen the recent and widely varied feedback about The Bigfoot Challenge of last weekend. I can only talk of my personal experience. I’m not going to get into the petty lies and drama, because, quite simply, I have bigger and scarier things to worry about.
I’d never done a Dirty Dozen before, but my god, had I heard about them. Doug ‘The Beard’ Spence has near legendary status within OCR and a reputation for putting on a good show over a slightly longer distance than advertised. I knew vaguely what to expect, but I didn’t foresee how I would react to the challenges the course presented. That is, to say, I think I had a mental breakdown. Continue reading
A little while back, I wrote a post about body confidence. I generally use blogging as a bit of a mind fart, but it seemed to resonate with more people than I had first anticipated. I saw my post being shared on Facebook walls, commented on by people I didn’t know and being passed around on Twitter. It was then that I realised:
This should be a thing.
Where to start.
Spartan Races run with the giants of the obstacle racing world. They’re internationally renowned, inclusive, well sponsored and largely predictable. They are often a newbie’s first introduction to obstacle racing, and therefore the beginning of a beautiful addiction. Continue reading
OCR has forced me to confront a lot of issues – my mental health, my physical health and fitness, but somewhat inadvertently, my body image. Continue reading
Facing the Reaper is something one would usually do when they’re about to die, but I had no intention of doing so on a crisp June evening, despite the fact that I was about to run a fearsome obstacle course in the PITCH BLACK. Continue reading
World War Run, designed to commemorate WWI was put on at the NUTS venue by the cheeky little company Pukka Races. My interactions with the Pukka team lead me to think that they’re a really sound bunch, and they put on both serious, timed events such as this, and also the hilariously punny ‘Only Fools Ride Horses’. Continue reading