9/12 – New Forest

We had decided to take a week’s holiday in September so it was the perfect opportunity for the September run. We have been aiming for a coastal path run all year but once again just could not find accommodation – it seems 2021 is the year of the “staycation”. Fairly soon we ended up at … Read more

8/12 – Thames Path loop from Kingston to Richmond

The diary seemed to be pretty stacked in August so we decided to keep it local and simple. I’ve had a few outings on the Thames path and was keen to go with Cally at some point – this was the ideal opportunity. Hampton Court makes for a good start/finish with parking at the station … Read more

7/12 The Marlborough Loop

Marlborough When planning, we aimed for the coast after a spell of good weather hoping we might find something in the South West. No luck, everything was booked up so we just kept zooming out of the map until we found somewhere with availability. This turned out to be Marlborough. It’s a beautiful and very … Read more

6/12 – Pangbourne and Goring

Pangbourne Jackpot! It’s always a bit speculative to go somewhere for the first time and just plot a route using OS maps. In truth the UK countryside is generally brilliant but sometimes it just works out better than others. Pangbourne turned out to be just beautiful. The choice to go to Pangbourne was pretty random. … Read more

5/12 – London to Brighton (2nd half) 50k

Sometimes you just have to go for it. Sometimes the challenge is just bigger than anything you’ve done before and you don’t know if you’re ready for it. This is how it was for Cally. This was also our first ‘proper’ instalment of our annual adventures challenge thanks to COVID lockdown easing. The event was … Read more

4/12 – The Leith Hill / Hurtwood Not Half

Back in January Cally picked up a knee injury after pushing herself to her first ever half marathon on the hilly, muddy North Dows Way run. This is an ITB injury which has dogged her ever since. ITB strains are a devil and typically manifest as pain on the outer knee and take months to … Read more

3/12 – NDW Guildford to Box Hill

Yet an another COVID restricted outing but one which took in a beautiful stretch of the North Downs Way (NDW) on a sunny March Saturday morning – what more could you ask? We set off from home around 6am in two cars leaving one at the finish in the Box Hill car park. It was … Read more

2/12 – Greensand Way and NDW

With a strong lockdown still in effect our second outing had to be local. We have a great routine running from Reigate Hill with it’s excellent coffee hut so there was no need to look elsewhere for our February base. What we did want to do was mix it up a bit so we plotted … Read more

1/12 – North Downs Way – Reigate to Boxhill and back

This was a big deal for Cally. First ever half marathon in freezing, muddy and hilly conditions. We’ve had to adapt for COVID and the planned Guildford to Dorking is on hold. This was a natural replacement route as it is super local. It’s also one of my favourites and takes in a great stretch … Read more