I don't know where the time has gone since getting back from Alaska and the ITI, almost four months have passed and I haven't published my ITI report yet - I'll put that right very soon as its been ready to go for some time. The experience of the ITI was something I'll never forget, it is a unique event with some amazing (some legendary) and friendly peopleit was a great start to the year despite not having the outcome I was hoping for.
Soon after returning home I once again took part in the Four Inns (65K over the highest peaks in the Peak District), again with team captain Edwina and with another new team member, Wendy. As seems to have become a tradition now, I suffered with nausea and vomiting over Bleaklow and at Doctors Gate, but was able to keep going and by the time we reached Edale I was enjoying cheese sandwiches and various other goodies on offer. Despite being a little slower than last year, and again largely due to navigation and a lack of other all female teams, we won the Falcon trophy. Having got on well on the event we have kept in touch and Wendy and I have since had a go at a mini-mountain marathon which was something new to us and great fun.
We had a spring break in sunny Cyprus and found some fantastic and deserted walking trails right from our accomodation in the hills.
The rest of the time, I have simply been enjoying going out running and walking on the trails in Derbyshire with Mike and our dog, Tahra.
It will seem strange to approach Autumn without a big winter race to spend every weekend training for, however, it will be nice to have more time an to just enjoy being out and about on the trails keeping the fitness ticking over in readiness for the next big adventure…
Marianne Heading discovered winter endurance racing in 2007, while working as a volunteer for the Yukon Arctic Ultra. This experience inspired her to take up running and go back to the Yukon as a competitor. Since 2007 she has been back to the YAU multiple times, completing both the 100 and 300mile races, in 2011 she became the first European female to complete the 300mile YAU and in 2019 won the 300mile MYUA. Events are not a very regular feature, but other races include the Semi-Raid Reunion, Roveaneimi150, ITI350, Karwendelmarsch and closer to home the Four Inns, the Druids Challenge, Equinox24, run to the castle, Hardmoors55. Being outdoors and enjoying the countryside and wildlife are a higher priority than being fast... luckily! Training runs and walks are often prolonged by a break to watch wildlife and take in the surroundings!