South Downs Way 100 2018 – So hard and yet so rewarding!

Michelle Maxwell Marathon, Nutrition, Psychology, Racing, Running, Ultra Marathon

Words by our lovely athlete Victoria Henderson Are you insane? This is the response I got when people found out I was planning to run the South Downs Way 100. To be honest, if they’d asked me again 40 miles in, I would have said yes! …And yet I did it. I kept going, and I got to the finish …

UTMB CCC 2018 – Part Two – The journey into the unknown!

Michelle Maxwell Coaching, Marathon, Nutrition, Psychology, Racing, Running, Ultra Marathon

The bit you’ve all been waiting for, the gory details of the race itself, but first let’s look at the kit list. The CCC (Courmayeur-Champex-Chamonix) is one of 7 races in the week-long trail running extravaganza based in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc in the French Rhone Alps. It is the only race, apart the UTMB itself that travels through 3 countries, over 5 …

UTMB CCC 2018 – Part One – The build up!

Michelle Maxwell Coaching, Cycling, Marathon, Psychology, Racing, Running, Ultra Marathon

After my first ultra in June 2014, the Classic Quarter on the Cornish coast path, I looked up what the UTMB points were that I’d gained after the race. I was captivated by the enormity of this week-long series of races circulating the Mont Blanc massive in various clockwise and anti-clockwise routes. It seemed way beyond my reach so I …

Always challenge yourself! A trail adventure in Portugal

Michelle Maxwell Coaching, Marathon, Nutrition, Psychology, Racing, Running, Ultra Marathon

Our very own Coach Nicky took herself off an adventure to the hills of the Peneda Geres National Park in Portugal. A tough 4 day trail event through beautiful scenery and varying terrains. Read on to find out how Nicky trained for the event and what she learnt about trail running and longer distances out in the hills….. Nicky’s words: “This …

When the Heat is on!

Michelle Maxwell Ironman, Marathon, Nutrition, Psychology, Racing, Running

Chris Maxwell, our head Triathlon coach and long course expert, talks about his recent London Marathon experience in incredibly tough conditions and how to overcome racing in the heat and circumstances out of your control. I enthusiastically looked forward to my first London marathon in 18 years, in the knowledge my run form and fitness was probably the best it …

Just Get Me to the Start Line – Lakeland 50 2017

Michelle Maxwell Coaching, Marathon, Nutrition, Psychology, Racing, Recovery, Running, Ultra Marathon

I can’t describe the excitement when the email alert popped up on my phone from the legendary Marc Laithwaite, offering me an elite entry to the Lakeland 50 2017. The race is in its 10th year, and the number of entries were higher for this year than previous years, with 800 runners in the 50 mile event. The race build …

How to Fit in Training: An Ironman, Three Kids, an Ultra-wife, Coaching and a Full Time Job!

Michelle Maxwell Coaching, Cycling, Ironman, Nutrition, Racing, Recovery, Running, Triathlon

I’m often asked how I manage to train for triathlon, alongside everything else our family gets up to, (3 very active children, an ultra-running wife, my day job and coaching!). Even more so this year, when I decided to give Ironman another go, this time Wales! The simple answer is – learn to love early mornings, and be creative! The …

SVP 100km – Getting Lost, Scratched and Very Thirsty

Michelle Maxwell Uncategorized

  Two weeks on from the Stour Valley Path 100km (SVP100), and I now feel ready to write a report that’s not incredibly negative. I have battled with my huge error in this race, but am now hopefully moving on from the ‘what might have been’ to ‘how do I push this forwards now’. Hopefully this recall of the events …