Recent posts by Dave Sherman

Spartan Race Sprint, South East UK – April 8, 2018

  The Trek and Run Team were supported during this event by; Kusaga Athletic Salba Chia Words by Steve Kimberley Photos by Epic Action Imagery Sitting at my desk, still smeared with a generous coating of mud whilst using my 2016 Spartan Trifecta plate as my coaster, you could say that I’m pretty well-versed in the ways of the Spartan. So when our UK-editor called me a few weeks back to say that we were back at Spartan Race for the UK launch of their 2018 series, I was very excited to…

Interview with Sam Lansdale, General Manager, Spartan Race UK and Ireland 2018

Words by Dave Sherman (Trek and Run UK Editor) Photos by Epic Action Imagery Hi Sam and welcome to the Spartan family!        Before we speak about Spartan, let’s talk about you! During our research we discovered you’ve taken part in a number of roles including creating the student musical theatre project ‘The Big One’, managing youth football in Sevenoaks, and you’re now entering the world of Obstacle Course Racing! What would you say has led you down this varying career path to the helm of the UK and Ireland branch…

The Greater Manchester Marathon – April 2017

Trek and Run were supported during this event by; Salba Chia & Helly Hansen Photos by: AWOL Adventures Part 1: By Dave Sherman In April 2013 I took part in the Greater Manchester Marathon, and I had a brilliant time! It was my first time visiting Manchester, and the crowd support throughout the route was immense creating a buzz which lasted the entire 26.2 miles – so much so I set a Marathon personal best of 3:47 – a huge drop from my previous time of 3:56! Our experience of the 2013 event can be…

Commando Series Obstacle Race – November 2016

Trek and Run were supported during this event by Salba Chia  & Helly Hansen Part 1: By Dave Sherman As much as I love obstacle races, most tend to centre around a fixed formula of ‘mud + climbs + carries (+ a pinch of humiliation for any weaklings) = an OCR’. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve taken part in some awesome events and have great memories from certain races, but after a while they start feeling a bit ‘samey’. However every now and then something different comes along which stands…

Purple Patch Maidenhead Half Marathon – 4th Sept 2016

By Laura Kimberley Photos by Dave Sherman Gathered at the start line waiting to go I was hit by a supreme moment of sheer panic. I felt sick and had a horrendous case of the nervous giggles. I’d known this event was coming up and although I’d trained for it more than I’d trained for any of the previous 4 half marathons I’d done, for some reason I really felt the pressure of this one. Over the past few months I’ve been attempting to find a real love of running…

Challenge Billund-Herning (Demark) Middle Distance Triathlon – 12th Jun 2016

Trek and Run were supported during this event by; Salba Chia  Helly Hansen Oakley & Secret Training Part 1: By Dave Sherman The Challenge Denmark Middle Distance Triathlon took place on 12th June 2016 involving a 1.2 mile swim in Furslang Lake in Herning, followed by a 56 mile cycle from Herning to Billund, and finally a 13.1 mile (Half Marathon) run around the Lalandia resort and downtown Billund. This event was to be my third Middle Distance triathlon event but my first Challenge event and my first visit to Denmark,…

Nuffield Health Eton Sprints Triathlon – 22nd May 2016

Trek and Run were supported during this event by; Salba Chia  Helly Hansen Oakley & Decathlon Photos by www.sportcam.net, Dave Sherman and Laura Kimberley  Without question, Dorney Lake is one of my favourite venues for triathlon events. The water is clear (well… as clear as open water can be) allowing you to follow the underwater rope holding the buoys in place (thereby making sighting incredibly easy), the cycle involves simple laps following a reasonably flat path around the outside of the lake, and the run section involves 1 or 2 laps of a flat out-and-back alongside the lake almost guaranteeing a fast finish. The venue itself also offers an indoor…

The Purple Patch Stockley Park 10K – 15th May 2016

By Laura Kimberley and Katrina Urban  The Purple Patch running website boasted ‘A hidden jewel, nestled amidst the M4, M40 & M25, yet a million miles away from the concrete jungle – a real metropolitan oasis.’ I was really excited about this run because nothing makes me happier than exploring new places and this location had really been talked up by the Purple Patch team. I was very nearly down a running buddy because my planned companion Nicola had to work, but thankfully my friend Kat offered to run in her place. I was looking forward to this as…

Challenge Fuerteventura Half Iron Triathlon – 23rd April 2016

By Lee O’Sullivan and David Sampayo  The build up to our Half Iron distance triathlon was soon upon us and all the winter training was hopefully going to pay off for a great race for the start of the season, and our very first half iron triathlon in sunnier climates. Booked 6 months previously, we planned out our trip. We’d booked Ryanair flights well in advance and achieved pretty reasonable flights at around £150 return per person including luggage which I thought was reasonable for a 4 hr flight. We also pre-booked our double room at the Hotel of the La Playitas resort which was…

Milton Keynes Marathon and Half Marathon – 2nd May 2016

Salba Chia  Scimitar Sports & Helly Hansen Part 1 - By Dave Sherman  Celebrating its 50th birthday next year and referred to by many as ‘Britain’s newest town’ but by others as ‘the concrete jungle’, Milton Keynes (or MK, as the town is commonly referred to) was born out of a government effort to relieve London’s housing congestion, planned to be equidistant from London, Birmingham, Leicester, Oxford and Cambridge, and formed from an area which was predominantly farmland and undeveloped villages into the grid of dual carriageways and roundabouts we know today. However if you look beyond the concrete, you’re left with a huge network of paths for cyclists, runners and walkers known as…