Keeping up motivation with virtual races in lockdown

As we find ourselves in this difficult situation, lots of people have been doing home workouts, online classes and taking up running (which I think is fabulous and I hope people keep it up!). I write a post here about keeping active at home, including virtual races, and I have taken my own advice and…

Salcey Forest Winter Challenge 6 Hours 2020

I love doing these events hosted by Big Bear. I’m a slow runner who takes walk breaks (have a read about lap 4…) and I have always felt welcomed and encouraged to give it my best shot. So, my first race of 2020! The last time I did this there was no mud and lovely…

Run Silverstone 2019

I signed up for this one at the very last minute – I was tempted by the 10km at the time, but went for the 5km instead. Next time I’m in for the 10km! Number pickup, bag drop and the loos were all quick, really happy with the organisation and the way it was all…

Morun 2019

A cold and drizzly start to this race. Number pickup included a snazzy headband and buff which I was very pleased about! I chatted to a couple of nice goats for a while and it was soon time to get going. It was a different route to last year, and I enjoyed it more in…

Yeti Challenge 6 hours 2019

This race looked like it was going to be on a beautifully clear crisp autumn day. We rolled out the front door to consistent, pounding rain! The original plan was a mix between let’s see how far we can go / maybe I could get a half PB? Off we went, taking twice as long…

Bedford Twilight 10km 2019

I had been looking forward to this race for ageeeees. Then 2 days before I got a stinker of a cold! I decided I felt OK enough to give it a shot. We arrived with plenty of time, the race village was excellent with so much to offer – food, beer, live music, cinema and…

Olympic Park 5k 2019

I was a bit sad I hadn’t entered any races yet this month. So got searching and came across this lovely race in London, a few days before. So I got signed up and off I went! On arrival, the race number pickup was quick and efficient, no queues! After a quick warmup the 5k…

MK24 2019

I entered this race with my furthest distance for a running race being a half marathon and my furthest walking event was a marathon. I had in my mind I would be going for 2 laps, a half marathon. Then I was told there was a pin badge to be earnt for half, full and…

Race for Life 2019

This is the first race I ever did in 2018 to raise money for CRUK. I trained hard for it, and was completely shattered at the end. This year I could tell my fitness has improved and I am going to have to up my game next time to 10km to raise money! We arrived…

Vitality London 10,000 2019

Recently I posted about training for my first 10km road race. Here is the outcome of my training: The night before I was so nervous. I felt sick. I couldn’t sleep. I packed and re-packed my bags and soon I found myself on the platform ready to head to London. In my new shoes. I…

Rocket 5k 2019

I was slightly (a lot) nervous going in to this one as the official cut off time is 45 minutes and it was only a couple of months ago I got under this time, and only by a few seconds. I didn’t enter last year as my 5km time was still over this so this…

Salcey Forest Challenge 6 hours 2019

This race I signed up to quite late, with only a couple of weeks to go. This event sounded perfect – 6 hours to go as far as you can on a 5.3km route. It didn’t matter if you wanted to do one lap or ten, everyone was welcome. I wanted to test myself, but…