Meet our Adventure Runner Flora Beverley. She is passionate about healthy living and loves to take part in physical challenges throughout the year, recently completing the Tokyo marathon, two boxing fights and part of ‘the world’s toughest island race’, TRIBE Run For Love!
We are excited to be sponsoring her with some food in some of her up & coming races! We were lucky enough to ask her a few questions about her adventure running passion!
What’s the furthest you’ve run?
In one go, 50km. Over 4 days I did 115km, but I'm planning on beating that with a 125km ultra over 3 days in October in the Scottish Highlands!
Favourite run of all time?
There are so many I couldn't possibly choose! Possibly an adventure race up Ben Lomond, possibly last year's ultra in Purbeck, Dorset, possibly my ultra in the Azores. Anywhere scenic!
Where’s your favourite place to run in the UK?
West Dorset along the Southwest Coast Path.
Your dream running location/race?
These questions are so hard! Something mountainous with lakes and sunshine. I'm doing UTMB really soon and I'm hoping it'll be the perfect combo of those things :)
How important is nutrition for your running?
Vital - it's the difference between enjoying a run and flopping completely - thankfully I've had enough of the latter to make sure I get it right 99% of the time now.
What’s on the top of your adventure bucket list?
I want to run the Southwest Coast Path in one go (obviously sleeping overnight). I've wanted to for ages, but it's a logistical nightmare, especially with work! But I'm sure I'll do it someday.
What has been your most challenging run?
My most challenging runs are never the furthest or most technical runs - it's usually the boring ones when it's cold and drizzly. I would much rather stay at home and there's no glory in getting out, but sometimes you just have to put the work in and get it done.
What advice do you have for people just starting running in the great outdoors?
Just get out there! Don't wait for the perfect conditions or until you're 'good enough' - get stuck in and you'll have the time of your life. And invest in good kit - it'll last you forever and make all your outings soooooo much more enjoyable. Trail shoes are a must!
What does recovery look like for you?
I'm really good at recovery. I have my specific protocols (electrolytes, protein, carbs, hot bath, theragun), but in general I just like to chill. I really love walking and have a new puppy, so taking her out for some relaxed walks is always my perfect recovery time.
If you’ve done a Park Run, which one is your favourite?
Whinlatter Forest, Lake District. By far the most beautiful I've done, but it's also been named the joint hardest/hilliest Parkrun in the UK, so not one for PBs! But you won't want to PB - you'll want to be on it all day, it's so beautiful.
Follow Flora adventure running journey @foodfitnessflora