Running lies and myths

11 running lies we tell ourselves

August 2, 2017

Running lies and myths are something we all subscribe to. You need those lies to get you out of the door some mornings. Here are my top 11 running lies. I have found them VERY useful. In fact, I am not absolutely sure what I would do with them.

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.

Stop! Police!

June 4, 2017

Driving through Morocco is always an adventure. But it is wise to keep to the rules and to abide by the speed limit. Check points are everywhere and on this road trip through Morocco, I was stopped at one very special one.

Morocco to Timbuktu An Arabian Adventure with Alice Morrison

Morocco to Timbuktu: An Arabian Adventure

May 11, 2017

I first started talking to Harry Bell of Tern TV about this adventure nearly two years ago and it is almost hard to believe that we have done it and it is finally going to be there - on BBC2. For me, this is a dream come true, being able to share an adventure and my love for Morocco and Africa with a bigger group of people.

running tales morocco

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.

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.

Coffee maker

Running Tales: An Unlikely Guardian Angel

April 27, 2016

Morning runs in Marrakech always bring some form adventure, be it big or small. Today's involved a coffee maker and a Guardian.

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.