If I start a band it will be called: Annie + The Dolomites

Posted by in Blogs, Climb, Cycle, Gentle, Hike, Homemade events, Long weekend abroad, Medium, Organised events, Other, Run, Tough, Travel

Hola! Before I get too swept up in Colombia life (more on that in a couple of weeks), the fruits of my week long trip to the Dolomites are ready. My memories have been converted into tangible, viewable, readable matter: Fun little video of the sights I saw doing the things I do Travel review with the finer details for Evening Standard Online Photo updates on social media Click on the pictures to see the memories with your own eyes. Watch the video   Read the article Last but not least,…read more

Copenhagen Half Marathon

Posted by in 52in52, Long weekend abroad, Medium, Organised events, Run

  Challenge: Copenhagen Half Marathon Details: 21.1km run around the streets of Copenhagen. Why? A mini break to an awesome city, tied in with a bit of alternative exploring. How? Book your place on the cphhalf.dk/en – cost £51. Where? Copenhagen, Denmark in September. Transport? Flights (flew for £58 return), then metro into city centre, then walked or cycled around for the rest of the weekend. Time? The trip could easily be completed in a normal weekend, but I would recommend a long weekend so you have two full days…read more

Tough Mudder obstacle course

Posted by in 52in52, Day trip near London, Medium, Organised events, Other, Run

Challenge: London South Tough Mudder Details: A 12 mile obstacle course with 29 obstacles. Where? An hour and a half drive south of London Transport? Car/ train and taxi as the event is in the countryside When? Tough Mudders happen all year round all around the world Bring? Old shoes, ideally trail running ones as there is lots of mud and slipping. Quick drying clothes to wear during the event as you get wet quite often. Experts tend to wear as few clothes as possible for that reason, though I…read more


Coastal run in France

Posted by in 52in52, Homemade events, Long weekend abroad, Medium, Run

Challenge: Run 52km over 4 days Details: Taking trainers on holiday is a cheap and fun way to explore the area and get to places, either by walking or running that cars and bikes can’t get to. Coastal paths are a safe bet for amazing scenery and varied terrain, with a bit of added adventure. Where? The Sentier Littoral is the coastal path in the snazzy St Tropez area in the south of France. Coastal paths are everywhere, where there is a coast – the South West Coastal Path in…read more


Triathlon Alpe d’Huez

Posted by in 52in52, Cycle, Long weekend abroad, Organised events, Run, Swim, Tough, Triathlon

  Challenge: Alpe d’Huez triathlon. Swim: 1.2km, Cycle: 30km; Run 7km (the short option). The long option is: Details: Stunning scenery with a 14km mountain climb from 770m up to 1850m Alpe D’Huez summit with 21 hair pin bends. Several choices on distances, and a duathlon (just cycle and run) option. Race website. Read here for a blog giving the full low down on the long distance race. Where? Alpe d’Huez, France When? July/ August – Race website Transport? : We travelled with our bikes on the Eurostar from St Pancras to…read more

Ben Lomond munro run

Posted by in 52in52, Hike, Homemade events, Medium, Run, Rural weekend away

Challenge: Run to the summit of Ben Lomond Details:  Running/ hiking up Ben Lomond takes you up a 975m (3,200ft) ascent over an 11km (7mi) route. Info on hike. It’s an easy path to follow so not much navigation needed. From the car park, go through the visitor cabin thing (loos there), and up the path to the left (Hill Route I think it was called). Once on the summit, you can either come back down that route, or go over the top and drop down the other side to…read more


Llandudno Olympic Sea Triathlon

Posted by in 52in52, Cycle, Organised events, Run, Rural weekend away, Swim, Tough, Triathlon

  Challenge: Llandudno Olympic Sea Triathlon (1.5km swim, 36km cycle, 10km run). Race website Details: A standard and sprint triathlon incorporating the thrill of a sea swim, and a challenging cycle section on mainly closed roads around the Great Orme with its glorious vista over the North Wales Coast. The run route goes out along the Victorian Promenade and then over the Little Orme to Penrhyn Bay. Turn around, then run back over the Little Orme and along the promenade with a sea breeze to cool you to the finish!…read more

Project Awesome double triple

Posted by in 52in52, Gentle, Homemade events, London, Run

Challenge: The Project Awesome double triple Details: Attending all three sessions for two weeks in a row Where? London. Mondays are flash fitness style, with a roaming location (posted on their Facebook group a few days before). Normally circuits Wednesdays are at the Scoop next to City Hall (SE1 2DB). Running and step training Fridays are on top of Primrose Hill (NW1). Hill intervals When? 6.30am Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays Bring? Running gear. There is a bag drop but no shower facilities. Bikes can be left safely as well Food & drink?…read more


Reverse sprint triathlon

Posted by in 52in52, Cycle, Homemade events, London, Medium, Run, Swim, Triathlon

Challenge: Homemade reverse sprint tri Details: Not only doing the legs in reverse order but also running and swimming backwards…novel idea- thanks to the guy I met in the pub last night! Run: 5k Parkrun at Hackney Marshes here’s the route. Make sure you sign up to Park Run before and print off your barcodes – it’s all free and allows you to get an accurate time. Cycle: 20km from Hackney Marshes to Hyde Park Swim: 750m at the Serpentine Afterthoughts: Who’d have thought that being a bit backwards could be so much fun. The run was amazing…read more


London to Cardiff 24hr team relay

Posted by in 52in52, Medium, Organised events, Run, Rural weekend away

Challenge: Team relay run covering 168 miles in 24 hours Details: As part of a team of 8-12 we will run the 168 miles from London to Cardiff in 24 hours (all being well). £60 entry per person There are 24 stages, which means each is just under 7 miles. In a team of 12, each person will run two stages so less than a half marathon in total. Team of 8 is 2×10 miles each, team of 10 is 2×8 miles each. So not really very far! It is…read more


Hackney Half Marathon

Posted by in 52in52, London, Medium, Organised events, Run

Challenge: Half marathon Details: London based 21k run around Hackney Logistics: E9 5PF is the postcode for the start area. If you’d like to meet before, let’s meet at the bag drop in the Runner’s Village at 8am. Race starts at 9am, with movement towards the start line at 8.30am. Weather is meant to be 18 C, with sun and cloud. Have a good read of the Run Hackney race brochure. Key info I’ve picked out: – Mile markers provided (rather than km) – 5 water stations (2.5mi, 5mi, 7.5mi, 10mi and 12mi)…read more


Hampton Court Palace Half Marathon

Posted by in 52in52, London, Medium, Organised events, Run

Challenge: 21.1km run Event info: Hampton Court Palace is one of only two surviving palaces that King Henry VIII owned. The palace race will start inside the gates of Hampton Court Palace and run through its gardens before finishing in the deer-filled Home Park behind the Palace. After you’ve finished the race you can visit the famous maze and the world’s largest grape vine. Cost:£33. (Be careful there are two Hampton Court half marathons…pick the Palace one) Logistics: Will just tube/ train it down there nice and early Book your official entry (I’ve booked mine – sadly event is…read more


Paris Half Marathon

Posted by in 52in52, Long weekend abroad, Medium, Organised events, Run

Challenge: 21.1km run Event info: Running alongside 40,000 competitors through the east of Paris and into the Centre. Nice one to kick the end of winter out. Logistics: still waiting on place, hoping to do the 24 hour London to Paris a couple of days before. Eurostar back. I’m running for Children with Cancer so if you would like to donate towards a great cause, here is the Just giving page. Book your official entry (Sold out but charity places available so check around) Team Exerk: Annie Emma Fergusson


Circle Line Relay

Posted by in 52in52, Homemade events, London, Medium, Run

  Challenge: Run the Circle Line Details: Trace the Circle Line on foot, running either as a team relay style or solo. You can start wherever you like, and the aim is to run back around to where you began. The total loop around the 27 stops of the Circle Line (excluding the Hammersmith arm) is 25km (see breakdown table below). Paddington to Paddington clock-wise was the chosen route for us. The stations are relatively close together so don’t use your phones to navigate. Instead, go exploring, keep your eyes…read more

Windsor & Eton 15km run

Posted by in 52in52, Day trip near London, Gentle, Medium, Organised events, Run

Challenge: 15km run race Details: The Windsor & Eton Fun Run series has options to run 5/10/15/ 20km distances so you can go with a group of friends no matter what their preferred distances. You all start at the same time. Where? Dorney Lake near Windsor & Eton (SL4 6QP). Transport? Trains from London Paddington to Taplow take 30 minutes, then 10-15 min taxi/ cycle from the station. Alternatively an easy drive. When? Several Windsor & Eton Fun Run dates throughout the year. Bring? Running gear and warm dry clothes…read more

Chilterns cycle and Thames run

Posted by in 52in52, Cycle, Day trip near London, Homemade events, Medium, Run, Triathlon

  Challenge: 40k Chilterns cycle and 10k Thames run Details: Hilly Chilterns cycle from Maidenhead, through Cookham, Marlow, Fingest, Turville, Freith and back to the same way.  Run 5km along the Thames Path from Maidenhead towards Bourne End before doubling back. Where? Start point: Maidenhead, Berkshire. Transport? 40 minute train from London Paddington to Maidenhead. When? Anytime Bring? Bike, helmet, bike lock so you can lock your bike up while you run, cash/card for food and transport. Food & drink? You can pick up some food in Maidenhead, and there…read more

VeloPark sprint duathlon

Posted by in 52in52, Cycle, London, Medium, Organised events, Run, Triathlon

Challenge: Sprint duathlon Details: Run 3.2km – Bike 16km – Run 3.2km. Duathlons are particularly popular in the winter as they are a segway to triathlons (duathlon + swimming) in the summer months. I completed the VeloPark Sprint Duathlon in January 2015. Here are details of that particular event, as well as where to look for others. Where? VeloPark in Olympic Park (E9 5SX) / other locations Transport? Cycle/ Overground/ train to Stratford then 15 minute walk to the VeloPark (bikes not allowed on tube) When? In 2016, this particular event is on…read more

10km running race

Posted by in 52in52, London, Medium, Organised events, Run

  Challenge: Battersea Park 10km running race Where? Selection of locations via Runthrough.co.uk Transport? If going for Battersea Park: Cycle/ public transport to SW11 4NJ When? Selection of dates Bring? Your running kit, dry clothes and water. There is a bag drop to leave your spare clothes at Food & drink? Snacks at the end of race and a few nibbles along the route. If you like, take your own nutrition to run with Cost? £18 eXerK 52in52 story: I didn’t start the year running fit so had to build…read more

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