Ambassador blog – Mark Maughan

January training was focused on one thing, like many others, getting back in shape post-Christmas and New Year celebrations.

Each year I like to sit down and set myself a few challenges and adventures, returning to participate in the Kielder Marathon was one of them.

So when I was asked to be an Ambassador for Events of the North, I was delighted because now I am able to share this challenge with you (please do keep hitting Kudos on Strava to keep me going!)

My first few runs of 2020 were with a great group of friends at Chester Le Street Park Run, as previously mentioned I’m not particularly fussed on my own times and so Park Run is a chance to push others and encourage them to reach their goals.

Pacing my mates at Chester Le Street is brilliant as the course is fairly flat and paths cross at several points which usually lead to high-fives and a lot of cheering/whooping.

I was soon back on my travels and training in warmer climates, Guatemala. An incredible country with amazing people and stunning scenery, including coffee plantations, picturesque towns and live volcanoes.

Organising the Guatemala Impact Marathon means that I get to do the course recce up Pacaya Volcano and trust me there is no better hill training than this. Plus, with the benefits of heat and the altitude I was already starting to feel in good shape.

Some friends challenged me to join them in the Guatemala City Half Marathon and of course I couldn’t turn down the opportunity to tick another event off the list. I didn’t push too hard, I simply enjoyed exploring a new city and the incredible atmosphere, as for me that is what running is all about.

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