Well it’s nearly the end of 2017 and at this time of year it’s easy to find myself wishing I had achieved more during the past year so I find myself looking back on what i did achieve and there’s always more than I remember, so I decided to write a yearly review in the hopes it will inspire myself and others for the upcoming year.
January saw the first race of the Thorpe Forest 10k trail races series, this series of 3 races turned out be some of my favourite races this year, they are a nice low key series set in a local forest. I am happy with my performance, finishing fairly high up in the results although I think my result for the final race my have been better if i hadn’t had the 13 mile cycle ride to the start line before hand.
February saw me complete the Marriotts Way Trail Half Marathon and my second half marathon distance, this is another great low key event put on by the Positive Steps team. The route follows the Marriotts Way which follows an old train line, this means that the course is pretty much dead straight but I still enjoyed it and sometimes it’s nice not to have to think about where you are going too much.
Into March and I completed and received my Leadership In Running Fitness qualification through UK Athletics, I haven’t yet done so but my aim is to use this to set up regular training sessions in the local area and hopefully encourage some more people to get out running.
I took on my second marathon in April on what turned out to be a scorcher of a day in Brighton, and I really suffered as did lots of others in the high temperatures. It was after this race that I decided that I didn’t want to race on the roads anymore and that trail racing was my passion, but the support from the large crowd of local Vegan Runners was fantastic and I’m really proud to be a part of such a great running club.
April also saw me receive the shock news that my blog had won Trail Running Magazine’s #comittedinov8 competition, when I entered I really wasn’t expecting anything to come of it let alone to ever see my blog featured in a magazine.
June saw what was probably the highlight of my running year in a race that I had been wanting to do for a long time in one of my favourite places, Coed Y Brenin forest and the Trail Marathon Wales. My third marathon and again on another scorching hot day, I’m thinking my next marathon will have to be during winter 🙂 2017 has seen me returning to and running in Wales several times, the most recent of which when the photo at the top of this post was taken and 2018 will continue this trend with several races already entered including having another go at TMW.
July and my first taste of fame……..it still feels surreal seeing my photo in print and I was definitely outside my comfort zone standing in front of a white screen having my photo taken, but again hopefully someone out there read my story and was inspired to take up running or veganism.
The next few months were quiet leading up to me completing my toughest challenge yet at Equinox24, before I started I had set myself the target of completing the first 50k non stop. It was a toughy but with the help of my awesome support crew (Hannah) I successfully managed to complete the 50k in a good time, before having a sleep then setting out again the next morning and completing a few more laps. It feels like a massive achievement to have finished my first ultra distance and I have well and truly caught the ultra bug but more on that later…………
photo courtesy of www.ianedwardsphotography.zenfolio.com
After Equinox24 I lost my running mojo a little, but after a break from it for a while and starting to run just for fun again, and a truly great weekend in Brighton at the Vegan Runners AGM I am now looking forward to next year and facing some bigger challenges, so onto 2018…….
As already mentioned I will be returning to Trail Marathon Wales, which once again I am really looking forward to. After that my next big race will be the Scott Snowdonia Trail Marathon, yep that’s right a marathon that climbs Snowdon which should be interesting, but in my continued quest to find ever bigger challenges for myself, next year will see me attempt Centurion Running’s Chiltern Wonderland 50, my first ever 50 miler which I am hoping to use to raise some sponsorship money for Sea Shepherd UK, and in between these races will be thrown the usual mix of Parkruns, 5k’s and 10k’s. What challenges have you set yourself for next year?
Thank you to all of you for the continued support of me and this blog over the past year, it’s always great to meet readers of this blog in person and there is a list of my races on the website, so if any of you are doing the same races or even fancy organising a social run get in touch via the “contact” page, and it would be great to go running together.
I know it’s a little premature but “Happy New Year” and happy running.