March 10, 2020

1st female, 2nd overall, course record: 6 hrs

The St Peter's Way is an ancient off-road trail of 43 ish miles running through most of Essex, starting at Chipping Ongar and finishing in the sea, or thereabouts. 

It was also to be my first real attempt at an ultra in a long time; last year I was unprepared for a 100km as was still distracted by pro triathlon, so that was my first DNF, at 60km, which was humbling, but necessa...

May 25, 2019

A bit belated, but two weeks ago saw me take part in my second Powerman event; a series I'd not really heard too much about other than Zofingen World champs which is really long! But guess what; it's growing fast, and they do a middle distance series too, comprising a 10km run - 60 km bike - 10km run. This piqued my interest when I came across it in January, as whilst mentally I am ready to get off the bike after 40km, I need a bit lon...

May 24, 2019

An article from 2015: a year with injury woes, in partnership with TRAIN magazine.

You no doubt have a goal you’re currently working towards. It should be a tough challenge that, at times, makes you question both your decision to take it on and your ability to finish it off.

As I look back on 2015, I can say I’ve fallen short of my targets in triathlon. It was a year of swapping coaches, injury, burnout, bad race choices and, well, you...

November 30, 2018

I feel I have found my sweet spot as an endurance athlete and having ended up third in Europe recently in Ibiza, it has cemented my belief that there are wins and podiums in triathlon still to come.

Bronze at the Europeans is no substitute for gold (though I always celebrate a podium) and I will be giving the ETU triathlon champs another bash in June 2019, amongst other high profile 70.3’s.

We have been building into pro triathlon fo...

November 2, 2018

Ibiza. A glorious sun-kissed island, usually. But we timed this one a bit wrong. Heavy storms on the morning of the race caused a flooded bike course, burst sewers which started trickling into the sea, and a delayed start until 3pm. Lovely!

As we were running out of daylight for a half iron distance race (given that the fastest athletes take 4 hours and the slowest, 8.5) the format had to be changed due to darkness closing in on the b...

September 14, 2018

I've waited for the inevitable ‘full circle’ of health and performance to come around before writing a blog, and thanks to a decent showing at Ironman 70.3 Vichy, now is certainly the time.

Let’s rewind a few wobbly old months. Things were going well and I'd earned a nice splatter of podiums (including a 'double-triple') which is how I usually start the season: full of beans and promise. Note to self: PICK SOME BIG RACES THEN.

All w...

August 20, 2018

I found this on an old blog and thought I would repost!

As a celebration of turning 30, I wanted to run 100 miles. So I did the event across the North Downs Way, organised by Centurion Running. I had previously entered their South Downs Way event in June but had to postpone due to shin splints. 3 months off running (due to too much on the roads in the winter) meant only 6 weeks of solid running to prepare. Not really enough, but my thin...

April 20, 2018

When I train, I often visualise winning dream races and I'd thought of Challenge Rome many times over the past two months. It was a championship-level field. My fantasies of a happy ending were going to be a tall order, but we'd had some pretty consistent training, so who knew? My coach Mark likes to able to predict outcomes based on #science, but as we're still pretty new to each other, he couldn't call it. We had a good ballpark thou...

January 29, 2018

Last summer, I gave up triathlon.

Sitting by the roadside in the London Triathlon, having sunk like a stone in the swim coupled with an impressive demonstration in complete lack of ability on the bike, I decided I didn't like this game any more. There was no emotional drama that came with this decision. It was simple. Don't like it? Time to do something else!

Or perhaps, not that simple.

Burnout happens in the head as well as th...

November 1, 2017

For 5 years I have suppressed the urge to continue ultra running, to try and focus on the specifics of pro triathlon. Yes, the two have similarities, but any different sport comes with its own nuances and demands, and needs to be respected as a separate entity.

I have a limited window to be a professional triathlete. All being well, I have a much longer window to compete at ultra running. I just keep everything crossed that nothing happ...

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