Today we kick off a run of new interviews with our team of Breo Heroes. First up is Sarah Morton talking about her love of trail running, how she got started, her proudest achievements and tips for anyone wanting to take it up as an activity.
How long have you been trail running?
I only really took up trail running just over a year ago, I tried it a few times before that and although I really enjoyed it I never seen myself as a runner. It’s still a bit of a shock when I realise how short a time it’s taken me to become a long-distance trail runner.
Our own Breo Hero Sarah Morton, and fellow outdoor enthusiast Laraine Wyn-Jones, have a pretty major challenge lined up this Summer with 700 miles off road to cover around the West coast of Scotland for their ‘Running North’ project.
Starting at Ardnamurchan point, they will finish around 10 days later at John o Groats having covered hundreds of miles off road. As if that wasn’t challenging enough, the landscape around those parts is less than flat with combined ascents totalling around 80,000 feet.
Usually, I don’t do a lot of walking – in my spare time, I mean, I don’t usually set out with the intention to go for a walk or plan to go for a walk. This weekend was a little bit different – firstly, I was introducing my brother to the magnificent Cairngorms, and secondly, I was getting myself re-accustomed with what was my initial exposure to the mountains, and to remind myself just what walking in the mountains is all about. Sounds rather spiritual! So, to be clear, not because I need to find myself or anything like that, but because, I’ve been invited to join my running partner, Laraine Wyn-Jones, on a 200-mile, multi-day hike from the west to east coast of Scotland in the form of the TGO Challenge!
I took up Nordic skiing a couple of years ago now, and to be honest, it doesn’t get the best rep – in terms of the ‘cool factor’ it probably doesn’t rank very high, but thanks to athletes like Andrew Young more and more people are taking it up. For me, it’s a great addition to my training schedule – in the Alps, it’s just not possible to run all the time and XC skiing can provide a seriously intense alternative. Plus, I love skating through the trees in the sunshine breathing in all that fresh air!
My ‘bag’ consists more of things stuffed into a pocket! Nordic skiing is a travel light kind of sport, unless you are touring. I generally wear the same sort of thing I wear running – so, lots of Adidas Climawarm and really just carry a few extras in case the wind picks up or the sun drops and I start to get cold.