Lizzy Hawker announces the UTMR… and I’m definitely signing up!

It had been raining in Chamonix on and off for the last couple of days. As befits an area of such magnificence and such extremes, the rain wasn’t a light drifting of moisture from above; it was in fact chucking it down. But despite the rain, I was…

Simon Freeman (in) Esquire

I received a lovely email from the people at Esquire yesterday asking me to tell them about a few of my favourite running routes around London. I was delighted to oblige because Esquire always seems to me to have been the best of the magazines aimed at men…

Take it to the bridge (or bridges…)

James Brown might have instructed his band to “take it to the bridge” but it was James Poole who suggested that we “take it to the bridges” when he proposed a pre-UTMB CCC training run along the River Thames from Woolwich foot tunnel to Richmond Park – 60km…

After the run is done: images from the 2014 UTMB

I just returned from a week in Chamonix where I was going to run the UTMB CCC and spend some time in the mountains, enjoying the atmosphere of this unique event. Since starting freestak, I have rekindled my love for taking photographs and Chamonix on UTMB weekend is…

Outrun The Sun… did they make it?

A few weeks ago I posted about an event that I was invited to – the ASICS Outrun The Sun. It turned out to be a pretty daring and exciting challenge, especially for those of us who were invited that had run around the Mont Blanc (or indeed…

ASICS Outrun The Sun: Part Two

Well, best laid plans and all that… I aimed to post an update on the race from Chamonix and yet here I am back in grey and grim London after a much needed good nights sleep, trying to figure out how to cram the story of Outrun The…

Coming soon to my feet… the Nike Pegasus 31

I have just heard from Nike that they are unleashing the 31st edition of the Pegasus on the running public, after developing the product with insights from elite athletes including Mo Farah, Galen Rupp and Rita Jeptoo – note they didn’t ask me! As a result, Nike believe…

ASICS Out Run The Sun: part One

This is a live, on the ground, real-time report from Chamonix where ASICS have set up a challenge, called Out Run The Sun and invited a big group of journalists, retailers and staff to take part in a celebration of trail running around the challenge they have created.…

Races on the radar

I think that it is very, very easy to let training plummet down the priority list when there is nothing to focus on and I am better to have a target, even if that is a long way off. I know that personally training for training’s sake doesn’t…

Running with (two) Kenyans

How much longer do we have to run? I am tired and hungry. Are we nearly finished? These were the words that Joan said to me, whilst looking up – with pleading eyes – while we waited for Tom, who was leading our early morning group run, to…
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