Over the last 12 months I’ve been thinking more and more about going back to my roots and therefore I have started to focus on trail and ultra racing again and for the last six months I have started to run a little more on the trails and I’ve entered a couple of races which I have done pretty well in . In 2012 I started walking in the Peak District with my two boxer dogs and completed a few walking challenges like the Lyke Wake Walk and the National 3 Peaks. It was while doing these challenges I came across the Lakeland 100 which coincided with my father in law getting diagnosed the cancer. I was instantly hooked on this event and I really wanted to challenge myself and see how far I could push myself which led me to think it would be a great idea to enter this race and try to raise some money for Cancer Research UK along the way. In 2013 I completed my first ultra race which was The Fellsman which is a high level traverse covering more than 60 miles over very hard rugged moorland. The event climbs over 11,000 feet in its path from Ingleton to Threshfield in the Yorkshire Dales. Followed by the Lakeland 100 ‘Ultra Tour of the Lake District’ which is one of the most spectacular long distance trail race which has ever taken place within the UK. The circular route encompasses the whole of the Lakeland Fells and includes in the region of 6300m of ascent. I managed to raise over £3,000 for Cancer Research UK. Continue reading
I have been using the full range of Mountain Fuel performance supplements for the last couple of months, after I was put in touch with them through a friend and feel that I¹ve thoroughly tested their supplements enough to provide an update.
Initially after having a good chat with the owner of the company Rupert Bonington and being impressed with the philosophy of the company not to mention their association with Walking with the Wounded, a charity close to my heart as only Perthes Disease prevented me passing the medical test for the Marines! An opportunity arose for us to work together and as I was about to start a hard block of training it would be a perfect opportunity to test the products properly. The below is an outline of an 85 mile training week. Continue reading
Our ‘Morning Fuel Power Pancakes’ are the perfect start to the day or a must have ‘on the go’ snack for any event as they are easy on the stomach, quick to absorb and packed full of all the essentials to help you perform.
Serves one for breakfast or you can make around 20 mini power pancakes
Mini Power Pancakes
For an on the go bite sized snack “Mini Power Pancakes” are perfect during activities. Simply add 1 soft fig and a tablespoon of chopped dates to the pancake mix. Gently fry a heaped teaspoonful of mixture in the coconut oil to make this delicious bite sized pancake. Remove from heat and leave to cool and then bag up six at a time in sealable bags. Continue reading
At the age of nine I was diagnosed with a disability called Perthes disease which made exercising more or less impossible. I spent weeks on end going in and out of hospital, being placed on traction and having to have a number of operations to lengthen the tendons in my groin. I had to have my hip pinned to try to increase the blood flow into my hip joint and this was followed by 6 weeks in broom stick pots. During this time I was wheel chair bound and then gradually progressed to using crutches and carrying out regular physiotherapy sessions to build up the muscles in my legs, as they were too weak to support my body weight. Perthes disease (also known as Legg-Calve-Perthes disease, or Calve Perthes disease, is a childhood disorder which affects the head of the femur (the ball of the ball and socket joint of the hip). In Perthes disease the blood supply to the growth plate of the bone at the end of the femur (called the epiphysis) becomes inadequate. As a result the bone softens and breaks down. The specialists told me that I would never be able to lead a fully active lifestyle due to the shorting of my leg and the weakness within my hip joint but I stayed positive and tried to be as active as possible throughout my teenage years. I played as much football as my hip could handle and at the age of eighteen I was finally discharged from the hospital.