THROWING CAUTION TO THE WIND : COUNTRY TO CAPITAL 45

Hurrying around the supermarket on a Friday night, I calmed the recurrent pre-race “What if I die?” niggle, and called my Dad.  In my attempts to settle some of the nerves that were dampening the feeling of my Friday evening, I was failing. “It’s alright, you’ve trained for tomorrow haven’t you?” He asked. “Errrr….” I thought. “Well, no. I’ve just been running.” Shit. What on … Continue reading THROWING CAUTION TO THE WIND : COUNTRY TO CAPITAL 45

DELAYED DECISIONS : COUNTRY TO CAPITAL 45

With a head telling me no, and a heart telling me oh go on then lass, get seeking, get muddy, doubt can go and do one, and delayed decision making can take a seat. On Saturday the 17th I’m running 45 miles of Country to Capital 45, from Wendover to London. I ran this race as my first ultra marathon last January, and was lucky enough … Continue reading DELAYED DECISIONS : COUNTRY TO CAPITAL 45

STILL WATERS ANNIVERSARY ALLEY CAT

In October, 12 months had passed since Still Waters primarily put their feet onto Manchester’s tarmac. Moving in a motion fuelled by the refreshing sense of community that supports Charlie Dark’s Run Dem Crew, along with the aim of bringing together an assorted bunch of Northerners that each share the commonality of one particular urge, to run.  With a regular group of runners now taking … Continue reading STILL WATERS ANNIVERSARY ALLEY CAT

A YEAR IN RAIN CITY WITH STILL WATERS : JAMES MEASOM

12 months ago, an idea to take inspiration from Charlie Dark’s London based Run Dem Crew, and plant a collective seed in the North, crept from paper, into the people, and onto the tarmac. In an attempt to inject that collective ethos into the Northern streets of Manchester, Still Waters Run Deep began, and one year on, this bunch of Northerners are joined in running, in life, … Continue reading A YEAR IN RAIN CITY WITH STILL WATERS : JAMES MEASOM

HOOD TO COAST

In arriving back to London last week, I came home with new perspectives, bigger goals, and the sand of the Oregon coast still coating the inside of my trainers. I don’t really plan on removing it anytime soon, but when I do, the experiences and inspiration that I soaked up during Hood to Coast, won’t be leaving with it. From South Africa, to China, Canada, France, Denmark, the … Continue reading HOOD TO COAST

TIGER TAKEOVER : BRITISH 10K

On Sunday, Run Dem Crew pretty much took over the Tiger Balm tent, and ran for the Born Free Foundation, an international wildlife charity, working to protect threatened species in the wild. Faces painted, and a few of the crew in fleece onesies, who are bigger men than I will ever be, we set out to run 6.2 miles alongside an assortment of some of London’s … Continue reading TIGER TAKEOVER : BRITISH 10K

TIME TO TAPER ON DOWN : 3 WEEKS TO GO

This weekend’s long run was was fuelled by rum and ginger beer, and hydrated by a torrential downpour or two. 34 or so delightful miles around and about town, and the longest of my training runs in the bag. Three weeks and counting until we take to the hills for Race To The Stones, where I’ll be packing as much Mancunian pride as I can. … Continue reading TIME TO TAPER ON DOWN : 3 WEEKS TO GO

STILL WATERS RUN DEEP : THE START

Almost a year since joining the Run Dem Crew, and the amount that this community has given to me, and taught me, is something I couldn’t really do justice with words. It goes way beyond putting one foot in front of the other, how many miles you’ve clocked, or the size of someone’s quads. But what I will say is, thank you to everyone that’s … Continue reading STILL WATERS RUN DEEP : THE START