Mountain Mentors

How do you learn to read a map and use a compass? How do you get good at route choice and cluster order? Who do you ask about fell-running shoes and mountain-running bags? How do you work out what to eat and drink, and how often to do so in different types of races? Courses … Continue reading Mountain Mentors

Fun Runs

Training for races can become a very serious thing. So I decided last weekend to sod the training and instead have a bit of fun on my runs. I was down in Waterford for the weekend and there they were: the Comeragh Mountains. At 16km in length, they are a tidy range of mountains, with the … Continue reading Fun Runs

A Foray into the Mountains in the Middle of the Night

It had to be done: a night run from Drumgoff to Glendalough. So instead of the usual warm pub and cold pints last Friday night, I found myself instead in the dark in Glenmalure Inn car park at 7.30pm. Paul Nolan, Jason Reid and myself had thought it a grand old idea to go running … Continue reading A Foray into the Mountains in the Middle of the Night

The Most Important Step to Becoming a Great Runner

If you are any sort of a serious runner, you will eventually end up referring to the Book, The Lore of Running. This thousand page almanac from the training guru Tim Noakes contains a wealth of wisdom, everything from the running physiology and biochemistry, to the basics of training; from how to transfer training into … Continue reading The Most Important Step to Becoming a Great Runner

Up and Down in Rwanda

Rwanda is known as the land of a thousand hills. Kigali, its capital, is no exception. The city itself is built on eleven of those hills, making running on the flat simply not an option. Last July, I was in the country for two weeks of work. I had had a busy race season already, competing … Continue reading Up and Down in Rwanda

An Irish Winter Wonderland in Glendalough

It’s been snowing all week in Dublin. The city has melted most of it, but I knew there’d probably still be snow on the mountains. AA Roadwatch confirmed that even getting to the mountains would be dangerous: icy road conditions for all of County Wicklow, with a particular warning to stay away from Sally and … Continue reading An Irish Winter Wonderland in Glendalough

Sun, Sand, Sea and Sweat in East Timor

Moire is in East Timor. My facebook profile flashes up as updated just ‘a moment ago’. I’m on the job again, this time in a far-flung formerly-turbulent island off the coast of Australia. No sooner than I’ve landed, I’m sniffing out my morning running route. The capital Dili is a tiny city. It has the … Continue reading Sun, Sand, Sea and Sweat in East Timor