22–23 Mar 2025 270 days to go! #GetOutside

Carly Barnes

Hi I’m Carly and I love running and occasionally swimming, I don’t do either with any great speed or finesse but who needs that when you’re having fun.
I’ve run on and off for years, but never with any great commitment, until late November 2018 when I signed up for my first ultra marathon, having never run further than 10k. Over the next 7(ish) months I trained hard and built my distance up. I filled the memory bank with lots of adventures exploring many of Worcestershire’s and the surrounding counties forgotten trails and paths. My friends and family thought I’d lost the plot a little, but I started out with an idea, trained hard and focused on putting one foot in front of the other. In June 2019 I completed a 41 mile ultra, something I am incredibly proud of.
In 2021 in my 40th year I hope to take on the Threshold Series trail ultras and fingers crossed my deferred place for London Marathon (shhhh just don’t tell the virus!).
I’m really just your every day runner, a normal busy working mum and wife. But I firmly believe there are adventures to be had pretty much everywhere, and there is so much joy to be had in the great outdoors. All you need is a snack, maybe a pal or two, and a creative (and determined) mind.