August 21, 2016

Journey Through The Dark

Earlier this week I had my 22nd and final therapy session. When I began my counselling journey 8 months ago I really had no idea what to expect. Part of me was hoping for a fancy chaise longue that you would see in films, so the sight of gaudy green carpets and a blue chair...

August 15, 2016

The mask of masculinity

On Sunday night I sat down in front of the TV and begun the usual trawl through Netflix, looking for something to catch my eye. After several minutes I stumbled upon a new documentary by Jennifer Siebel Newsom intriguingly titled 'The Mask You Live In'. When I clicked play...

August 13, 2016

A Darkness Coming (Manvers Dusk Till Dawn)

The spectre of October's Dusk till Dawn 50 mile Ultramarathon has been looming over me since signing up for the race a few months ago. The 100K in June had a big knock on my confidence, and even though I'll be armed with a headtorch in a few...

July 26, 2016

New Video: Hamsterley Marathon

A challenging, hilly trail marathon in one of the most beautiful forests in England.Last year I came up to County Durham to run the Hamsterley Marathon and left with two busted Achilles tendons.This year, two weeks on from the Norfolk 100KM and I had an axe to grind with...

July 18, 2016

New Video: Norfolk 100K

After many long nights of editing my race video for last month's Norfolk 100K is finally live.At 65 miles it was the longest race I've ever entered and due to a lack of sufficient training and anxiety taking over before the race, it was the toughest thing mentally and...

July 6, 2016

Keep Marching On (Norfolk 100KM)

A year ago the Norfolk 100K was the landmark event in a year of running 18 marathons for charity. I went into the race naive, ignorant of what it was like to run that far but ultimately came through unscathed.This year once again it was a milestone, being my 25th marathon...

April 16, 2016

Not for Want of Trying (Manchester Marathon)

A week before the Manchester Marathon I was ready, albeit very reluctantly, to pull out of the race. After several weeks of struggling to shake off a niggling knee injury from the back-to-back marathons in March, on Friday evening I fell down...

March 22, 2016

Sleepless Nights (Leeds & Liverpool Canter)

Little over a week ago I ran my third and fourth marathons of the year as part of the inaugural Leeds & Liverpool Canal Canter, yet another event hosted by the team at 'It's Grim Up North Running'.Having attempted my first...

March 6, 2016

Valley of Desolation (Bolton Abbey Trail Marathon)

Last Saturday I ran my second marathon of the year, 31st marathon ever but perhaps most importantly it was my 20th in the blue vest of Mind. Sixteen months ago I made the decision to start running marathons in support of Mind and began...

February 20, 2016

Dusk (Dark Is Descending)

It's been a while since my last update, my last post was nearly a month ago, the day after my first ever therapy session. This Wednesday I had my 4th of an initial 8 sessions so I figured it was as good a time as any to provide an update on my current mental well-being and how...