30 things I learnt running the 60th Isle of Wight Marathon

Ryde Harriers know how to run an event; great facilities, genuinely enthusiastic marshals, race officials and volunteers, hands down the best organised event I’ve had the pleasure to be involved in. There may be less hilly, more forgiving routes for your first ever marathon; the last hills back from Porchfield to Cowes were hard. Really hard. … More 30 things I learnt running the 60th Isle of Wight Marathon

Running from the door

After soaking up the coastal magic of Pembrokeshire, we packed up the car and headed back east. The simplest of drives, constantly following the A40 across the roundabouts and past the green fields until it draped across the northern edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Our destination was a up in one of the … More Running from the door

The Golden Road

Stretching across the top of the Preseli hills, the propitiously named Golden Road was a run I couldn’t fail to complete. Climatic conditions didn’t allow for the sun to light my way across the boggy moorland, with Rolo & I starting off in a thick fog with only the foreground sheep for company. Thankfully, as … More The Golden Road

Cwm Hill & Llys y Fran

Bryony and I took Rolo for for first *proper* holiday this summer, heading to undiscovered parts of the familiar landscapes of Pembrokeshire. Cwm Hill was our adventure base, close to the coast and the hills with the promise of top quality stargazing. A couple of hills over lay a reservoir and country park which had immediately suggested … More Cwm Hill & Llys y Fran

up & out

It’s been  a year of nature books so far. I’m currently reading some fine non-fiction, ‘Dip‘ by Andrew Fusek Peters. His short tales of wild swimming, exploring local landscapes and the consolations of nature are balm to a busy soul, a way to infuse the working week with the great outdoors. It’s even proven to … More up & out

spring arrives

The hints have been here for weeks now, but the true marker of the arrival of spring must be whether you are willing to sit outside for a picnic. Thankfully, that time arrived while Bryony & I were both still on holiday. Newtown has proven to be the perfect destination for the newest member of our … More spring arrives

easter out west

With the in-laws scattered across the globe, Bryony & I were lucky enough to have their West Wight home as ours for the Easter weekend. Fortuitously as it happens, as this week we welcomed a new member to our household, Rolo the rescue dog. The large garden and footpaths abounding from the doorstep made the perfect location for … More easter out west

Staying Local

Thanks to a Strava challenge, I ran a half marathon on Saturday. I ensured easy navigation by hugging the coast path from Ventnor round to Seaview (I’d initially planned to go all the way round to East Cowes, but this was the triumph of ignorance over my actual physical capability!) It was a lovely run, … More Staying Local

Visiting the Reds

With the weather warming, the bike has been emerging from its winter hibernation on a more regular basis. Saturday last, I headed straight down the cycle path to one of my favourite Island spots, Alverstone Mead. I only discovered these beautiful acres a while ago, but have been a regular visitor since. It feels like a … More Visiting the Reds