THE BATTLE OF BATUR: trekking bali’s volatile volcano trail

It’s four o’clock in the morning and we’re shrouded in darkness. My skin aches with sweat; my laboured lungs are wet with the damp dewy air. Every muscle in my body is ablaze. I struggle to breathe. I’m scaling one of Bali’s most infamous and volatile volcanoes, and every step on its sacred surface screams…

BETWEEN A ROCK AND HARD PLACE: navigating the concrete jungle

I feel like a fraud. All this talk of ‘taking the trail’ and I’ve never even embarked on a proper trail run. Living in the greying urban outskirts of West London, good green space is damn hard to find. There’s a Green Flag cemetery around the corner, with a quaint little pond and tarmac aisles…

LOST IN THE CROWD: my first running club experience

Running is a solo sport. That’s why I love it so much. When I set out, I can lose myself in my own rhythm and my surroundings. Caught up in this meditative state, I am neither held accountable to nor responsible for anyone else. If I don’t bust a gut breaking a good time or…

THRIVING AT 25: goal-setting for 2019

I turned twenty-five in November and instantly hit a crossroads. Almost overnight I felt a significant shift taking place, both psychologically and physically. I was overcome with this sudden rush; this hunger to better myself; this desperate need to grow. I’ve never been in the best shape, but this year is my year, and I’m determined to…

TAKING THE TRAIL: why running? why now?

I believe that everything happens for a reason; that all of the suffering and strife life sends your way is for a higher purpose. Be it clarity, growth, or a dose of humility, our universe is constantly conspiring – playing with ways to test us and rip the rug out from right under our feet….