Paddleboarding 50 miles down the Thames

As adventures go this is as simple as it gets. Two friends, two boards, a tent and other survival items, slowly paddling in the direction of London on the ancient Thames.

Overcoming failed challenges

Sometimes your challenges just don’t go to plan. A full debrief on pulling out two days into my Thames Challenge.

Cycling south through Italy with Ride 25

A whirlwind two day adventure with Ride25 from Rome to Montesarchio exploring the Italian countryside, food and the official residence of the Ambassador to Italy…

10 things I learnt whilst trail running in Chamonix

My alarm went off at 3:30 in the morning and I rolled over like a lolling seal trying to flop back into the sea. At that point the glamour of flying to the mountains was surpassed by a cranky longing to remain in bed.

Mountain running and wild camping in the Scottish Highlands

Normally if you wake up and have no idea where you are it's because you've either had a crazy night on the sauce or you've been kidnapped. Of course it was different a few weeks ago when I opened my eyes and discovered I'd magically woken up in the Scottish Highlands....

5 things I’ve learned in my first year of freelance writing

I tend to shy away from LinkedIn. It presents me with the faces of 500 tenuous connections I barely know. Some from awful temp jobs in Sydney and London, big bosses in corporates that probably added me by accident, recruitment managers that tried to sell me the dream...

Re-discovering my sense of adventure

A couple of weeks ago I attended The North Face launch of their Mountain Athletics range, the new line of kit that helps you to train for your extreme adventure. The whole event really resonated with me (and not because my name is North and I have a face). That...

Why I am taking my 3rd marathon a lot less seriously

I think that by the time you agree to run your third marathon you can acknowledge that deep down, you might actually quite like them. Experience and retrospect from the last two attempts at running 26.2 have taught me a lot and have also paved the way for a complete...

A year in review | My best Queen of the Mile moments of 2015

At the end of every year I like to do an annual round-up to assess what I will be taking with me and what I will be leaving behind. Even though a year goes so quickly, there is still so much you pack into it and having a quick period of reflection like this makes you...

26 thoughts I had during the Bristol + Bath Marathon

When I woke up last Saturday morning having not run for two weeks because of an injury to my right foot, the reality of signing up to the inaugural Bristol + Bath Marathon hit me like a smoked kipper to the face. I'd been focusing on cycling all summer and running an...

Training and relaxing hard on luxury cycling retreat, On The Rivet

Four days after my epic battle up Mont Ventoux, my cycling sister, Kitty Pemberton-Platt (who had just returned from combating the Majorcan hills) and I set off together on a women's cycling retreat hosted by a Dorset company called On The Rivet. We wheeled our bikes...

5 things you shouldn’t do when cycling up Mont Ventoux!

One thing on the to-do list for 2015 was to cycle up a mountain. My boyfriend Andrew and I decided on the Giant of Provence, Mont Ventoux up the traditional Bedoin route. It was absolutely glorious, particularly in hindsight when I'm safely back on the sofa and the...

The cycling trips that are really hard work and require chips

Not all cycling trips are created equal as I have found out many, many times. I thought I would share a recent experience with you that made me feel as though I had never done a day of sport in my life. A few weeks ago I attempted a 100km Ultra Marathon called Race to...

The highs, lows and ultimate glory of completing an Ironman 70.3

Earlier this month I completed my first half Ironman distance and my second attempt at triathlon. This race consisted of a 1.2-mile (1.9 km) swim, a 56-mile (90 km) bike ride, and a 13.1-mile (21.1 km) and myself, my boyfriend Andrew, and three friends signed up to...

What it feels like to cycle from London to Paris in 24 hours

Photography by Dean Alexander I've always had a fascination with distance and quantities. How far and how many? Not in a greedy sense, but more with a curiosity about how much people are capable of and if they reach this point, what does it feel like? The earliest...

How I am mentally preparing for the Zurich Half Ironman

There is the slight whiff of fear in the air as I have just realised that the half Ironman distance triathlon in Zurich that we signed up for over a year ago is but two weeks away. As with many novice triathletes, the thing that is causing me the most anxiety is...

5 ways I broke out of my running rut

I think I was in a running rut from about April 2013 until the beginning of March 2015. It began just after the London Marathon after not getting the time I was hoping for. Instead of just patting myself on the back for even finishing my first marathon, I instead...

Taking the plunge as a freelance writer – again

Not long ago I decided that I like running and cycling so much that I wanted to make a living out of it and become a freelance sportswriter and editor. This isn't the first time I've wanted to make money out of doing something I love and I learnt a lot from that first...

5 things I’ve learnt in the first month of triathlon training

As some of you may know, my main event this year is the Ironman 70.3 in Switzerland in June. I'm training with the help of Performance Coaching who are helping me to structure the right plan based on my heart rate zones and loads of other factors tailored to me. This...

5 reasons I love winter running in London

There is a strong association with the winter months and staying inside. As soon as the clocks go back the windows shut and all those good outdoor habits from the light summer months are put into boxes until next year. I am fortunate to live in London which, in my...