Hello, I'm Stuart and I like to run a long way.
Welcome to my blog, here I'll try to keep you up to date with my challenges, adventures and training.

I competing in Ultra distance running, adventure racing, and a variety of other events. I hold a few records in the UK, and in 2012 ran 1100 miles over the Alps, from Vienna to Nice.

I am raising funds for Water for Kids, a small charity with the simple purpose of ensuring that the world's poorest communities have clean water.

Friday, 17 May 2013

Not your normal ride...

Yesterday I was supposed to be doing a 1 hour session on the turbo trainer at lowish heart rate, as part of my base training. However after making some good progress with work early on I decided to take the ride outside, it was a nice sunny day afterall.

So I headed off on a fairly normal ride, from Crosspool down into Fulwood, up to Ringinglow then out towards Burbage Edge (where it was a really nice day), Hathersage and back through Bamford. When I got close to Bamford though, chaos ensued! There were people and cars everywhere, and signs suggesting some sort of event. It turns out that a flypast to commemorate the Dambuster raids was about to take place - I knew the 70th anniversary was this week but had not realised this event was planned. I rode on and found a place to stop on the edge of Derwent Reservoir to watch.

The Lancaster flying over was an incredible sight, it was huge and made a fantastic rumbling sound. There was also a Spitfire and a pair of Lightnings which were great to see. There were a lot of people out, all over the sides of the reservoirs and on top of all the surrounding hills. It was very humbling to see these planes fly over where they used to practice before the raids in 1943 and to think of those involved. It is a good reminder of the gratitude we owe those people, such as Guy Gibson (Commanding Officer of the Dambuster raids) who was 24 at the time of the raids, and was still younger than I am now when he died later in the war. I think I will now be reminded of this every time I ride across the reservoir.

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

It's summer! (Isn't it?)

Well, it might not feel like it this morning, but after a bank holiday weekend of sunshine it certainly felt like it last night... I was at the Burbage Skyline fell race, a fantastic little race organised by Dark Peak Fell Runners. I'm still in recovery mode after Fellsman but had a better-than-expected run to finish 7th.

Kristen Jones and Stu Bond shot off and beat the field by a couple of minutes, with a rare second place for Stu. Behind that we were fairly evenly spaced, with a strong finish by Tom Sutherland who came flying past me on the run in to the finish. It was a cracking evening though, and the first evening race this year for me - hence it now feels like summer!

While I'm here, a couple of photos from the Bank Holiday... On Saturday night I took the dog for her first overnight expedition. We walked up onto Stanage Edge and set up the tent as the sun set, had some food and spent a cold and windy night up there, then set off early in the morning to walk home the long way, via Burbage, Higger Tor and Carl Wark, Fox House, Houndkirk Moor, down Porter Clough and through Fulwood.

The next day Mrs. W returned and we all headed off for our annual White Peak weekend, this time staying in the van at Knotlow Farm. A great little campsite with the added bonus of home-made Pizza available on site!