30 Aug 2010, 2:28pm




I’m not really interested in wining, though if there is someone in front of me I will try to get past them.

What really interests me is the crossing of challenging and remote terrain, doing it quickly, often in bad weather when the margins for error are not that great.

The pay-off is beauty; sometimes trivial, occasionally savage, always therapeutic. The deep healing that comes of being immersed in landscapes few people ever see, and to be there at a level of awareness that only physically demanding activity can achieve.

You don’t have to be Wordsworth to feel the poetry of a landscape; the curve of a river or a ridge-line, the smell of moss, the tingle of mist and rain.

Beautiful weather – blue skies and warm air – are strangely uninteresting in the wilderness. The hills are only really themselves when clothed with the elements that created them, water, wind and storm.

Through these landscapes runners create the turbulent poetry of motion; silhouettes on a skyline; relentless forward progress, whatever the obstacle.

For me, these are the rewards. To win, you don’t have to be first over the line; just set your foot on the trail.

Onwards from AKQA on Vimeo.

17 Jul 2011, 12:45pm
by barry durham

hello dave
dont know if you remember me but i am the runner who you gave a lift into whitby after i pulled out the lyke wake race and i was wondering if you have any photos of this years race
thanks barry

p.s i will be back for another go next year

25 Jul 2011, 8:02pm
by barry durham

Hi Dave, I have seen the photos of the lyke wake race 2011 and would like to purchase a photo. Can you tell me if there is a UK site ? or is the USA the only one ?

Thanks Barry


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