I am always planning a new project, or looking to get involved with one. From trail running camps, to blogs, and running clubs, I like to be enthusiastic about getting involved with the running community. These are some of my latest projects.
Bristol Trail Runners
I moved to Bristol in August 2019 and didn't know anyone outside of my household. I looked for a running club to join, and had no luck at finding one that looked adventurous and challenging. Most clubs either ran on the road, or ran the same routes week in week out. That's not what I wanted, so I decided to start Bristol Trail Runners.
Bristol Trail Runners is a great club and I enjoy the work that I do there. I generally plan and lead a weekly run in different locations around Bristol, over various distances, for all different abilities. On top of that I will plan and lead coached sessions twice monthly where I try to help members progress and learn new skills. Then we have the really adventurous runs twice monthly, usually on a Saturday morning in locations like the Brecon Beacons, Dartmoor, The Mendips and many more. I recently took on other run leaders Jason Dickson and Ash Tuck who also plan and lead their own runs, meaning the club usually now has a run on 3-4 days of each week.
The journey at Bristol Trail Runners has been fantastic so far. No pressure, no fast paces, just fun on the trails with friends. People love it, and I love it. I have seen members come on and progress from a 2km runner to a 10km runner, and from a half marathoner to an ultrarunner. It's really rewarding.
Over The Fells
Over The Fells is a fun project. During the Coronavirus lockdown in March 2020, I was furloughed from work and had too much time on my hands, so I decided to start a blog. So far I have written about training methods, nutrition, hydration, running routes, the best trail shoes, and much more. The blog currently gets about 6000 visitors every month, and the feedback has been fantastic. People send photos of them on the routes I published, they email to thank me for various tips that have helped them, and that's very rewarding personally.
There is a really awesome community in the running world and I love being a part of that. I am constantly networking with athletes (like Joe Wade pictured here), coaches, nutritionists and more professionals who contact Over The Fells, and it's a great thing to be a part of.
I try to interview people and get others writing for Over The Fells, as I want it to become a hub for runners and mountain athletes.
Future plans include access online courses in strength and conditioning, calculating nutrition and hydration, and ultrarunning development.