Wow, what a year! 2017 was full of SO many firsts –
My first self-navigated 30 mile race, which happened just because I wanted to run 30 miles to celebrate turning 30! I ran the Winter Tanners in January with Leo and James in tow and somehow navigated us round the 30 mile course using cryptic code!
My first 50km race, which quickly turned into a love of this distance and hence a few more races over this distance in 2017 including the Weald Challenge, Chiltern Challenge and Ultra Tour of Edinburgh. I found the team at Extreme Energy who organise incredible races and cater for all abilities and I’d highly recommend checking them out if you’re new to the ultra running scene or interested in multi-day events.
My first international mountain ultra and favourite race/holiday of the year at the Cortina Trail. Now I’m currently on the hunt for another challenge, with mountains, sunshine and friends!
My first outing with the Adventure Queens community on an wild camping night in the forest. I hope to find new adventurers to explore new areas of Scotland with and keep in touch with everyone I met through this inspiring community.
My first trips to the island of La Palma and Chamonix, France, where I learnt the importance of running poles. La Palma was incredible and as we ticked off another island on our list as we look to add more! Chamonix was definitely up there as my favourite time of 2017 despite injuring myself on the first day, it just means we’ll have to go back!
My first exploration of veganism in August, which I’ve continued and now embrace. It’s been such a positive change and I’ve learnt to be much more adventurous and creative cook in the kitchen.
My first marathon relay in Paris and team trip with Fulham Running Club. I also ran my first non-UK parkrun at Montsouris and returned from an action packed weekend revived from the incredible team spirit.
My first Pentland Skyline race, the first of hopefully many now I’ve made the move back to my homeland in Edinburgh. As I write this the Pentland Hills are glowing white in the background, dusted with fresh snow that is still falling around us, and I can’t wait to explore more of these incredible hills, now right on my doorstep.