Trails of the Unexpected
the amazing Real runners doing
I am in denial about turning 50 this year so decided to do the Saunders Lakeland Mountain Marathon in a bid to raise money for Refugee Community Kitchen. Luckily here in mid Wales we have the perfect training area and lots of undiscovered trails. Here’s daughter Megz on the superb Waun-Oer Ridge begrudgingly enjoying the brilliant views.
The onset of osteoarthritis is relentless, from a dull toothache-like throb to the grating of bones as the cartilage gives way. But 15-plus years on from replacement hip surgery and I still spend many fantastic hours running the fells. Reduced expectations? Yes, but I’m out running in the wind, rain, sun and snow.
As part of my goal to eventually run 100 marathons as a way to see new places and enjoy the countryside, I undertook three marathons in three days with Enigma Running. Circumnavigating two lovely lakes allowed for contemplation as well as the chance to spot so many beautiful birds – geese, swans, heron and coots. Forty-one down, 59 to go!
I was thrilled to see my book
Finding Gobi in the Sunday Times Bestsellers’ List. This is my true story of a stray dog that ran alongside me for half of a 250km race through the Chinese Gobi Desert. She went missing just before she went into quarantine but eventually I found her, after a journey that would change both of our lives forever.