Hi, I’m Charlotte. I’m a 31 year old Brit, currently living in Dorset in the UK. By profession I’m a marine environmental consultant, but by passion I am a sports and adventure fiend, food and photo lover, and someone who loves to talk. I’ve always been a bit of a chatterbox, even when I was little, so I thought it was about time that I put the proverbial (cyber) pen to (cyber) paper and started sharing a little of my life with you all.
Next up is back to some “traditional” training; trying to hit some benchmarks for the Rome Marathon in April, then going big for the Jurassic Man triathlon in August – an Iron-distance race from Devon to Dorset, with a hell of a lot of ascent……
My most recent adventure was the Wadi Rum Ultra in October; a 5-stage, 260km race through Wadi Rum and the surrounding desert in Jordan. It was a bit of a step up from the last stage race I did; 165km over 6 days in the Wahiba Sands in Oman, but I loved it nonetheless.
To me, things like this seem quite normal now – I am someone that thrives on a challenge, and the prospect of new adventures. That doesn’t mean to say I don’t get nervous about new things, but I firmly believe that if you don’t try something new, something that pushes you a bit, then you’ll never know what awesome stuff you’re missing out on. I’ve done sport since I was at school, so it seems only natural to me for this to be the area in my life that I focus my challenges on.
I’ve never been the fastest, the fittest, the most flexible, but if I want to achieve something, I’m willing to work hard for it. Part of the idea behind this blog is to show you that if I can do it, you can too! I love it when my friends come to me and excitedly tell me they’ve just signed up for their first half marathon, or even their local 5k or 10k race, because of something I’ve said or done. The thought that I might be able to nudge just one more person towards finding satisfaction and achievement that I do through sport and being healthy is a wonderful idea to me.
It’s very common to hear someone say “oh I’d love to do that” and then give a half hearted (or nervous) excuse – my response is – “so make it happen!”. There are still things that I want to make happen, and whether it’s just waiting for the right time, or making the situation and circumstances right to do it, they are still things I’m willing to work for. Make the most of this time we have, live well, challenge yourself, and enjoy it!
Adventures & challenges I’ve loved and am most proud of;
– Wadi Rum Ultra 2017 – 260km through the Wadi Rum desert of Jordan over 5 days (2nd female)
– Finisher of the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge 2016 – rowing the Atlantic as part of an all-female team of 4 (Atlantic Endeavour). 55 days, 13 hours and 27 minutes.
– Race to the Stones 2017 100km non-stop run. 13 hours 36 minutes
– Ironman UK 2012 – the furthest I had ever swum, cycled, or run without stopping. 13:07, 7th in age group.
– Oman Desert Marathon 2014 – 165km through the Wahiba Sands of Oman over 6 days (2nd female).
– Driving from Vladivostok to Ulaanbaatar in a Defender over 4 weeks (the boy then drove the rest of the way back to the UK solo!)
– Muscat Marathon 2015 – achieving the sub-4 hour dream on a road marathon; 3 hrs 46 (AG winner).
– Scottish Coast to Coast race 2012 – fastest female pair
– 4 x finisher of the UK Boston Rowing Marathon (31 miles)
– Strathpuffer 24-hr mountain bike endurance race (2nd ladies’ quad) – my 3rd time on a mountain bike!
– Endurancelife Coastal Trail Series – South Devon half marathon & North York Moors marathon
– Run to the Beat half marathon 2011 – my first half marathon, 01:57
– Questars Adventure Challenge – Novice ladies’ winners – my first introduction to adventure racing
Things on my adventure & challenges bucket list;
– 3 peaks challenge
– LEJOG cycle
– London to Paris cycle
– A cycle touring holiday
– An adventure in the Arctic Circle
I’d love to hear about your adventures and achievements; inspiration comes from all sorts of places! I’ve recently been reading more and more blogs from adventure lovers, sports fiends, healthy-living nuts, and the one thing that shines out from all them all is their enthusiasm and passion for what they love doing. What more can I say, their enthusiasm is infectious!