love in the desert

Love in the desert

June 12, 2017

It is a Mills and Boons fantasy: the flashing-eyed Arab Sheikh on his long-maned Arab stallion, descending upon a quivering damsel and sweeping her off to who knows what exotic delights. And the reality? Here is a little snippet of love in the desert 2017 style.

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Running tales: A thief and a knight

February 4, 2017

Running in Morocco is always an adventure. Sometimes the trails are long and sometimes they are short, and this morning's run in Essaouira had its fair share of surprises.

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Whipping down your sweaty shorts

January 19, 2017

Penis envy is something I have never previously suffered from, but the challenges of maintaining some degree of decorum while cycling across Africa, drinking four litres of water a day ... well, let's just say, far too many people on that continent have seen my bare bottom.

Full Moon Run Agafay Ramadan Morocco

The Full Moon Run

June 20, 2016

The Full Moon Run in the Agafay desert in Morocco is run annually in the month of Ramadan. It brings together runners of all nationalities and religions to celebrate the Muslim Holy Month with a 12 km run through the desert under the light of the midnight moon.

Oops! I seem to be running an ultra…

June 2, 2016

I had volunteered to go along and be the translator for the Trans Atlas Marathon, a six day trail running ultra across the Atlas Mountains in Morocco. Little did I know that I would also be running it.

Dodging elephants by Alice Morrison

Hell on Wheels

May 19, 2016

Some days test you to your utmost. The lava road in Kenya was to be one of those days. Kenya was the fourth country on our mad race through Africa by bike. We had started in Cairo and were ending in Cape Town as part of the Tour D'Afrique, the longest bike race on earth. This is an extract from my book about the adventure, Dodging Elephants,

Marathon des Sables 2016

Survivors’ Stories: Marathon Des Sables 2016

April 19, 2016

I ran the Marathon Des Sables in 2014 and for the last two years, I have been going down to Ouarzazate for the end of the race as a volunteer to help the runners check in to their hotel, relax and then get on their flights at the end. This year I was also working as writer for www.runultra.co.uk and www.hopesobright.org. That added an extra depth as I followed our heroes' journeys across the sand. Marathon Des Sables, ultra race, trail race, ultrarun par excellence - the toughest footrace on earth. Here are some of their stories.

Tree planting in Morocco's Atlas Mountains

Planting a future in the Moroccan Mountains

March 25, 2016

I had gone up to the mountains to meet friends for a couple of days of hiking. Remote and wild, we had fantastic days out across canyons, up river beds and into secret valleys. Our host and guide, Ali, not only shared his knowledge and experience with us, he also invited us to help him plant a wood of almond trees. Leaving something for the future.

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Marrakech by sidecar .. toot, toot

March 11, 2016

I thought I knew Marrakech and the winding streets of the medina pretty well. I was sure I knew the roads of the Palmeraie, which I have run along many a time, intimately. But a half-day tour in a vintage sidecar with Insiders Experiences gave me a whole new perspective. A mini adventure.

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Why I love running in Morocco

March 7, 2016

Even when I fall out of love completely with the pain of running and the slog of training, there is always something that lures me back in and here in Morocco that is doubly true. The smell of orange blossom, the quiet of the desert, the offer of a cup of mint tea....