Which running distance is easier?: A 5k, 10k,marathon or ultra marathon?

Running has changed so much over the past few years. I remember when I did my first marathon in 2016,  it was just starting to get more popular. Now, running marathons has become almost quite normal. I guess it's not met with the same sort of shock as it used used to? The ultra is now becoming the new marathon in many ways. I've just started training for Comrades 2020 - what I've found with ultra running, is that I often get people commenting that the shorter distances must be easy. So that got me thinking - are the shorter distances easier? I asked a few ultra runners what they thought.

Reebok Ragnar Relay Race: Lake Malaren - June 2019 race review

You're in Sweden for 48 hours. What do you do? Run 250km around a lake of course. Want to know more? Intrigued about running in a relay? In this post, I'll tell you all about my experience taking part in the team relay race that is the Reebok Ragnar Relay Malaren. Was there anything I found disappointing? How did I find running at 3am? What was lack of sleep like? Did I even sleep? And, what did we even eat?

How to train for a hot race

With the events that I've done, some of my favourite ones have been in hot, hot weather. I love it. Besides the memorable tan lines that appear (strong tan lines make for good storytelling afterwards), people often ask me, how do I train and prepare for a hot race. After all, most of the time, the UK isn't exactly known as having a hot climate. When you're running or cycling in hot weather, if you're not used to it, it can hit you hard. So if you've got a run or triathlon coming up in hot weather, here's some tips that will help you prepare for it.

What to do in the few weeks before your Ironman race

The past few months have been a whirlwind with for me. I did a 340 mile unsanctioned relay race from LA to Vegas (I promise, more on that soon)  on *that* weekend Brexit was supposed to happen and in June, I did another relay  race in Sweden (again, post on this soon!), plus I started a new job. But, with fresh content, I'm back. And what better way, for the comeback than to talk about Ironman and advice I'd give to you if you're doing one soon. After all, it is peak triathlon season and IM UK is approaching fast. So, here are my tips for those last few weeks before race day.

How to choose your next race or goal in 2019

Are you struggling with finding the motivation? Don't know what to do for your next race or goal for 2019? I'm often asked how did I decide to take the leap from no triathlon experience and deep water phobia to completing Ironman UK after nine months of training and then an ultra duathlon and and multi-stage ultra marathon in the desert. When you're choosing your next goal or event, whether it's fat-loss or race specific, these should help you make your mind.
Wadi Rum Ultra marathon. Photo credit: Benedict Tufnell

Wadi Rum Ultra marathon 2018: The Race Report

To round off a year of big challenges, including my first triathlon and Ironman UK, I ticked 'completing a multi-stage ultra marathon' off my bucket list by taking part in the Wadi Rum Ultra marathon 2018. Set in the Wadi Rum desert in Jordan, the multistage desert race covers running just over 250km in five days. So what was it like?

Can you train for an Ironman with only £1000 to spend on ALL the gear?

Triathlon is well known as being one of the most expensive sporting habits to have out there. Combining the costs of swimming, cycling and running, it all racks up. And well, the longer the distance, the more money is spent on gear. With Ironman and other iron distance triathlons, besides it all culminating in a very long day out and the hours spent training for it, many choose not to do it because of the costs. I'm not going to lie - Ironman UK was expensive. But I want to show you that an Ironman or other iron distance event is possible by spending less than £1000 on gear, with tips on how to spend less.