2013 in review

2013 was something of a new start for me so I thought I would look back and pick out my monthly highlights.

January

I had decided to climb a new mountain each month in 2013 and got off to an almost good start by going up on to Kinder Scout on 3 January.  It has to be said that like so many of my walks it did not entirely follow the proper directions, and I did not find Kinder Low in the mist.  You can read about it here.

Mountains climbed : Kinder Scout

February

The resolution to climb a new mountain each month came to a pretty sudden end.

Mountains climbed : none

March

I ran my first half-marathon, completing the Silverstone Half-Marathon, which you can read about here.

Pushing it...

Pushing it…

The finishing touches were put to the Shineback album so that it was ready to be the first release from Bad Elephant Music, and you can read about the final listening session here.

And that's a wrap !

And that’s a wrap !

I also got back to climbing mountains when we went away for Easter and I really enjoyed Hound Tor on Dartmoor, which you can read about here.

Hound Tor from Great Houndtor Farm

Hound Tor from Great Houndtor Farm

Mountains climbed : Haytor Rocks and Hound Tor

April

I ran my first 10km obstacle race when I completed the Wolf Run, which you can read about here.

Glorious

Glorious

As if to make up for February, I climbed three mountains in one go in the Brecon Beacons, walking a horseshoe of Cribyn, Pen y Fan and Corn Du which you can read about here.

Made it, and where I came from is behind me

Made it, and where I came from is behind me

And then I ran my second 10km obstacle race when I completed the Warrior Adrenaline Race, which you can read about here.

Geronimo !

Geronimo !

Mountains climbed : Cribyn, Pen y Fan and Corn Du

May

I was in a recording studio for the first time when I joined The Fierce And The Dead as they put together the second release from Bad Elephant Music, and you can read about that here.

Pot Noodle !

Pot Noodle !

I am going to claim Ivinghoe Beacon as a mountain, and you can read about that here.

The Ridgeway marker and the lower trig point

The Ridgeway marker and the lower trig point

I started training with Regiment Fitness.

Mountains climbed : Ivinghoe Beacon

June

Debbie won a competition which meant we got to go to The Hand And Flowers in Marlow, which was a wonderful experience that you can read about here, and Tom Kerridge seems to have been on the tv ever since we were there.

The happy couple...wait, that doesn't sound quite right...

The happy couple…wait, that doesn’t sound quite right…

I ran my second half-marathon when I completed the St Albans Half-Marathon, which you can read about here.

Pushing that stop button just a little early

Pushing that stop button just a little early

I did a Summer Solstice Micro Adventure Challenge, which you can read about here, but despite my bigging-up of their kit, I did not win anything from Mountain Equipment.

Micro Adventure completed and enjoyed !

Micro Adventure completed and enjoyed !

Mountains climbed : none

July

I went to Wimbledon for the first time and you can read how much I enjoyed it here.

It's Cliff !

It’s Cliff !

I narrated Peter And The Wolf in French in France and had a brilliant time in Le Croisic (and Paris on the way) which you can read about here.

Buy Shineback !

Buy Shineback !

Mountains climbed : none

August

I was treated to a secret birthday curry, which you can read about here.

Shiny Shineback Yummy

Shiny Shineback Yummy

I climbed Snowdon by a couple of different routes, and this time I took my children (Stephen and Caitlin) with me.  We just happened to pick the only bad weather day in August to do it, and you can read about it here.

Stephen (11) and Caitlin (8 years and 7 days) on top of Snowdon (1085m)

Stephen (11) and Caitlin (8 years and 7 days) on top of Snowdon (1085m)

Mountains climbed : Snowdon

September

I ran another Wolf Run, which you can read about here.

Smashed it !  While others drown in the mud behind me...

Smashed it ! While others drown in the mud behind me…

I climbed Mount Ainos in Kefalonia while we were on holiday and made it to the real summit this time, and you can read about that here.

On top of Mount Ainos

On top of Mount Ainos

Mountains climbed : Mount Ainos

October

I thought I was running a straight 10km race when I took on the Herts 10k Challenge, but as you can read here, it turned out to be as much a mud run as anything else I ran this year.

The finishing line

The finishing line

Given the scale of gigs I normally go to, it is worth mentioning one which happened at the Royal Albert Hall, and you can read about the Steven Wilson gig here.

Two Steven Wilsons play Trains

Two Steven Wilsons play Trains

Mountains climbed : none

November

Another month and another Wolf Run which you can read about here.

Landslide !!!

Landslide !!!

I did more walking over Kinder Scout which you can read about here.

The distinctive cairn

The distinctive cairn

We went to Salzburg for a short break so I climbed the Kapuzinerberg in the snow, and you can read about that here.

Mozart in the morning

Mozart in the morning

Mountains climbed : Grindslow Knoll, Crowden Tower, Crowden Head, Edale Head, Kinder Low, Sandy Heys, The Edge, and Kapuzinerberg

December

We went to the Lake District for Christmas which allowed me to climb High Spy (which you can read about here)

High Spy

High Spy

and to climb Cat Bells with Debbie (which you can read about here).

Cat Bells 451 metres

Cat Bells 451 metres

Mountains climbed : High Spy and Cat Bells

So in 2013 I climbed 19 mountains, ran 4 obstacle races, 2 half-marathons and one 10k, and released 2 albums through Bad Elephant Music.

In 2014 I plan to climb more different mountains (again aiming for at least one each month), run 6 obstacle races, 2 half-marathons (with improved times) and one 10k, and release at least 1 album through Bad Elephant Music because we have plans for The Gift.  Of course, I will keep you informed on all of that.

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One Response to 2013 in review

  1. Helena Goldsmith says:

    Oh what a year 2013 was for you! Lots of amazing adventures & challenges. Keep up the good work in 2014 – it’s good for your head & your body (and I love reading your blogs about all the exciting things that You & Debbie do) x x

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