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…

April Training

1-7th April Mon – 5 mile run as 10 mins tempo, 10 x 1 min hard / 1 min easy, 10 mins tempo. Plus a new yoga and meditation class with Yoga Bellies – their Lunar class (the one not for pregnancy or mum and baby!) which is low intensity, starting and finishing with a…

March Training

Another couple of weekends in the mountains doing Dragon’s Back recces then finally a couple of weekends of not driving hours and hours across the country. Felt like a bit of a rest after 6 long round trips in the last 5 weeks. W/C 25th Feb M – REST T – 8 mile lovely run…

February Training

W/C 28th Jan M – Club run including 6x500m flat efforts including extended run to and from the club for 10 miles total. T – REST W – 4.5 mild lunch offroad run + 6 mile club offroader T – Pilates + 11.8 mile run in Wendover woods including 2000ft of elevation. I had planned…

Dragon In Training

Time to get going with the Dragon’s Back training for the big one in May. January got off to a good start with 14.3 miles in the bag for new year’s day. I had thought about running from home to Tring, doing Tring parkrun, trotting over to Wendover for Wendover parkrun, and then running home….

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…

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…

South African Christmas

If you read this blog usually to hear about rural medicine in South African, skip this post! If you read to hear about my training and racing, there are 5 parkruns, some hikes and a Christmas day beach run. If you want to read about travel and things to see and do in South Africa,…

South Africa Weeks 15-16

Work Monday to Wednesday were quite busy, but I ticked off caesareans 7 & 8. Then I was on call in the evening. I did two tricky cannulas on the medical ward, then reviewed and cannulated a premature newborn baby in nursery. It seemed pretty stable, then as I was writing the notes, it’s oxygen…