Dragon’s Back Race

The dragon well and truly chewed me up and spat me out. Dragon’s Back Race is a 315km (200mile) multi-day ultramarathon involving 15,500metres of ascent (twice Everest) over 5 days. It starts at Conwy Castle in North Wales and finishes in Llandeilo in the South, traversing all the mountains en route. It is self-navigated and…

November/December Off Season

November After New York Marathon, the plan was a bit of unstructured, fairly low mileage, but basically do what I fancy recovery. I had 3 days of complete rest then the rest of the week went sports massage + yoga, yoga, parkrun + yoga, body pump + yoga. My body was stuffed after New York…

New York, New York

Concrete jungle it certainly is and that doesn’t really suit a girl who wants to be out on the trails or by the sea. But we crammed lots in and had a great time, thought perhaps a bit too much walking given I had the marathon to do on the last day. After we arrived…

NYC Marathon Training & UK Parkrun Tourism

Returning from South Africa, and following the big build up and hype of Comrades; I had to work on settling back into UK life and regaining some speed. After a week or two fairly chilled and with no structure to training (although from a personal life perspective not remotely chilled!), I returned to UK general…

The last hoorah – July in SA

Work Nada!! Life With work done, my countdown had changed from a “yey, only x more shifts to go!” to and “oh no, only x more shifts to go!” and I realised how much there was to miss. The landscapes, the beaches, the mountains, the food, the running clubs I have visited, the races on…

June in South Africa

Life This month we sadly said goodbye to one of our nurses and to our friend Ross. RIP. I spent my first weekend of the month in East London, and did Kidd’s Beach Parkrun, followed by a big breakfast, and a lunchtime run to get all the mileage done and allow a relaxed rest of…

Comrades Marathon

Comrades was the main goal race in my mind when I knew I would be in South Africa for a year. It’s the world’s oldest ultramarathon, running between Durban and Pietermaritzburg in alternate directions. It has been run each year since 1921, (when there were just 34 starters and 16 official finishers), with a break…

Easter Vacation in South Africa

Another blog with zero medicine or ‘real life’, more a travel blog about my Easter trip with Will. It’s me though, so of course there’s a good dose of running involved. Will flew into Johannesburg and transferred onto an internal flight down to East London. It was an eventful trip with a diversion due to…

South Africa Month 6

Life On the 31st of January, I flew to Capetown to meet my parents, taking 3 days annual leave so I could stay Wednesday to Sunday. We had an apartment close to the city and the waterfront. The first night, we walked to the waterfront, took a ride on the observation wheel, then ate an…

SA Week 14: Heroes Marathon

Work Monday, Maternity was more full than it has been lately and rounds took longer than they have been taking. When I started in September, it was so busy with Christmas babies and I suppose this rush is the Valentine’s day babies. I left on time and was on call. But I didn’t get a…

SA: 12 races in 12 weeks

Work I wasn’t in work on Monday off due to my car saga, leaving me stranded in East London. And in a way it was lucky, as I was sick and had I been in Tsolo, would have felt obliged to go in then really struggled all day. Tuesday morning after rounds, I did a…