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British Orienteering Champs 2024

I was the coordinator for the British Orienteering Champs weekend in April 2024 – long distance and relays. This is a reproduction of an interview I did after the weekend which first appeared on the British Orienteering news. How did the North East Orienteering Association come to plan the British Orienteering Championships 2024? Major events […]

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Climbing Mountain Marathon Orienteering Running

2023 review

As previewed in my blog post a year ago, this has been a year of change. Pippa had decided the stresses of academic life need not be forever, so she started an 18 month sabbatical to see if a life in the outdoors would suit her, working as a climbing and mountaineering instructor. In May […]

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Mountain Marathon Orienteering Running

OMM Lite 2023

Many will be familiar with the OMM or Original Mountain Marathon (or, for those with longer memories, its predecessor the KIMM or Karrimor International MM). The two day event is held in late October each year, and teams of two compete over linear or score courses, carrying all they need for two long days of […]

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Climbing Orienteering Running

Looking back on 2022

After an inaugural annual review of 2021 I thought let’s do that again. So here we go… Orienteering has been somewhat selective this year. As I moved up to M45, I was super pleased to win the British Night Champs for the first time (and only my second ever British O champs title in any […]

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Running

Durham Hewitts Round

My last couple of years have seen various injuries meaning I’ve never put in a solid block of training and had to watch with envy as people do personal challenges and chase FKTs, especially during Covid when there was no racing. However, the last few months have been good and I decided to have a […]

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Climbing Orienteering Running

Looking back on 2021

In the absence of any one major thing to write about this year, I thought I’d write a post about everything that has been going on with Pippa and I. It has not been a great year regarding injury and illness. We have both thankfully dodged Covid (so far at least!), but the last year […]

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Climbing

Rock climbing on Lewis

After several months of lockdown it was late summer, and time for a holiday! We had been due to go climbing in Morocco again just after Easter, but obviously that was out. And despite quite a few days and weekends in the Lakes as lockdown eased, we were keen for a proper climbing holiday. The […]

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Mountain Marathon

OMM 2019, Clyde Muirshiel

“So we go round this hill, through the broad col, and the control should be just over that hill.” I point towards number #6 and Shane nods his head. Everything seems to fit including the valley to the left. We get our heads down and plough on through the grassy tussocks and heather. Over the […]

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Orienteering

Bulgaria orienteering

This summer Pippa had a conference in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, so like any keen orienteers we thought we’d see if there was any orienteering nearby.  As luck would have it there was five days of O only an hour away in the hills!  The map samples looked interesting, lots of rock features, and a new European […]

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Running

Tour Monte Rosa

Four years ago I did the Tour de Mont Blanc, 167km, 12,500m ascent, with Shane and Heather Ohly.  Similar to the UTMB non-stop race, but we took it at a more leisurely running pace, spread over four days, staying in mountain huts.  A wonderful experience, great views and trails, but also very popular for walkers […]