Running the Road to Sustainability: How to be a more Eco-friendly Runner

World Environment Day is celebrated each year on the 5th June. It is a day to inspire positive change, highlight key environmental challenges and promote widespread action. The theme for 2020 is Biodiversity. There are strong, but often overlooked relationships between sports and biodiversity. There are many ways in which we, as runners, can positively act to support nature. From changes in diet to making mindful travel choices, I encourage you to do wider reading and have conversations at home about this, but to help get you started here are some brief examples of what you can do to support positive relationships between biodiversity and sport. … More Running the Road to Sustainability: How to be a more Eco-friendly Runner

Running the Road to Sustainability: can we eradicate single use plastic bottles from races?

We’ve all been there, we’ve all seen it- the sea of plastic bottles left at the end of mass participation running/sporting events. Not only does it look unsightly, it is also a stark reminder of the impact our sporting choices have on the environment. As the interest in running continues and the number of races on offer expands, this has implications for sustainability. Here I explore the issues and possible solutions to plastic bottle usage at races. … More Running the Road to Sustainability: can we eradicate single use plastic bottles from races?

Running the Road to Sustainability: the debate around finisher t-shirts

Finisher t-shirts, they’re dividing the running community. From issues around sustainability and eco-friendliness to necessity, purpose and practicality. We cannot escape the unsustainable way we produce clothing and the damage this can cause to the environment. But what are these impacts and what can we do? Here I explore the environmental issues, potential solutions and implications of finisher t-shirts. Who knew that such a seemingly insignificant item could spark such debate?! … More Running the Road to Sustainability: the debate around finisher t-shirts

Running the Road to Sustainability: Lets talk about Energy Gels and Welcome to my new blog series!

Welcome to my first of hopefully many sustainability in running/sports focused blogs. I’m publishing this as part of Earth Day 2020 to raise awareness around issues of sustainability and inspire the small actions that lead to bigger impacts in this field. We’ve all seen them, and we all hate them: the sea of discarded gel wrappers at the end of a race, on the trails or in hedgerows of popular running routes. It doesn’t have to be this way, many gel wrappers are recyclable, or you can stray away from gels altogether. … More Running the Road to Sustainability: Lets talk about Energy Gels and Welcome to my new blog series!

Ironman Virtual Race Club: VR3

I’ve decided that it’s time to start stepping out of my comfort zone in the comfort of my own home and I’ll be pushing myself to take on a different challenge each weekend during the lockdown period. This weekend was my first experience of the Ironman Virtual Racing Series and a steep learning curve in balcony running, turbo transitions and mastering multiple bits of tech (which I am useless at)! … More Ironman Virtual Race Club: VR3

What the lockdown period has taught me about exercise

We’re currently undergoing a lockdown period in the UK to help prevent the transmission of COVID-19 and it’s more important than ever that we stay home. But one privilege we have been granted is the freedom to exercise once per day outside our homes.  Before this, I had been deep in preparations for my first half Ironman in June. With my race now cancelled, I decided to explore what has training taught me and what I am learning from the lockdown period?  … More What the lockdown period has taught me about exercise

Flourless pancakes- crepes vs American style

I’m a pancake lover. I think they’re great, and they are definitely not just for pancake day! I’ve been getting some real envy seeing everyones’ totally instagrammable towers of yumminess, especially since flour is in such short supply at the moment. But fear not, I’ve been back doing some kitchen experimenting and have two flourless pancake recipes to share. They’re great for those of you who don’t want to use flour, can’t consume flour or are finding it impossible to find flour. … More Flourless pancakes- crepes vs American style