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Backpackers Keep It Up - 365 days and counting

Founded on 16th February 2017, the BackPackers are a running crew like no other. Led by Community Captain Leeanne Adu and Vice Captain Megan Beggs, alongside regular coaches Nav and Chevy from Chasing Lights Collective, the crew has grown in numbers and strength for the past 365 days.
Celebrating its 1st Birthday this evening, there are instantly recognisable reasons for its success. This is a family of nurturing individuals, not hardcore running machines. They celebrate the efforts required to keep moving, regardless of the every day mental and physical challenges which often prevent runners from getting to the start line, let alone claiming their medals. 
With 3 pace groups - Walk / Jog, Jog or Joggier, they welcome all levels of runners - but they do not focus on Speed, Time or Distance. These are new and seasoned runners, beginners, happy joggers, runners returning from injury - the back of the pack - but do not let that fool you.
This crew meets every Thursday evening at 6.45pm,…

The Art of Bailing Out or Realising Its Okay to Just Play

Over the past couple of months I haven't found enough time to train for the events which have been looming up on the calendar. Mostly due to work commitments and changes at home, but also due to illness, I've missed a few chances to get ready for events, specifically the impending 70km run across Brecon, which I was meant to be attempting this weekend. 
Each time I have gone out for a run, I've been mentally counting the amount of times this would be repeated, over the course. A nice 10km run was turning into the mental calculations of number of hours running / number of hours of available sunlight.. number of times I'd have to hit a PB and repeat it, to make it through the miles without being picked up by the sweeper.. all the time sucking the joy out of every step, as the date gathered pace.
So for weeks I have been dreading it and slowly wondering what the ***k I was going to do. Initially I thought it was a 50km run, so having completed the IOW 25 miler last year,…