About Adam Nodwell, Race Director and stuff

Hi there! I am a 30 something year old trail runner who would probably be described in the business as a ‘mid packer’ meaning i’m not fast, or slow, I just enjoy being outside at a modest velocity.


I first discovered running after I graduated in graphic arts and design at Leeds Beckett (nee Metropolitan) University in 2008 with a degree and beer belly. Like many when i suddenly found myself aged around 25 and heading in the wrong direction (a good friend described me retrospectively as ‘a bit doughy’). Soon after that I entered the Leeds 10k in 2010 which led me onto my first marathon (London) in 2011. That was followed by another (Loch Ness), and another (Brighton) in 2012. At this time I honestly didn’t really have much of a clue what I was doing with regards to training or diet (I still don’t).

Unfortunately all things running related came to abrupt end in February 2013 when I had a little accident involving a gig, my old band, a stage, a jump, a concrete floor and a shattered heel (in four places). It wouldn’t be until the following year I would even attempt to run again. There was also the matter four month long marriage around this time but let’s not go into too much details!

So as old wounds healed I would go on to take running seriously once more and in 2015 joined my wonderful local club Kirkstall Harriers who introduced me to a whole new world of races beyond that of those expensive big city runs. Being a club runner really won me over, I loved the community aspect of it, the small local races, the big local races, the fell races, the ultra races, THE CAKE.

So in 2016 I went for it. I put on my first race. I chose one of my favourite training routes and gave it a catchy name, I created The Holly Hustle, loads of people got lost. Thankfully the following year people mostly didn’t get lost and I decided to continue Great Owl Running events for what will hopefully be many years to come!

Alongside race directing I got a bit handy with a GoPro and started to document my adventures under the moniker of Nodwell Runs. As of 2018 Nodwell Runs is another arm of Great Owl running and I hope to be making more running films including race reports, runner flythroughs, personal vlogs and whatever takes my fancy creatively speaking. If you would like to collaborate on something or have any fun ideas for me then please do get in touch.

As of 2018 I am now currently living in Vienna, Austria with my amazing girlfriend and working remotely as a graphic designer and exploring beautiful Austria. I currently venture out with local running crews VIE Run and Trail Running Vienna.

I fly back to the UK regularly for races and weddings (mostly weddings).

Personal Achievements

Notable Races – check them out!


The Withins Skyline

The Yorkshireman Half Marathon

Langdale Fell Race

Borrowdale Fell Race

Hardmoors Rosedale Half Marathon (18th place!)

Kentmere Horseshoe Fell Race

London2Brighton Ultra (100k)

Hardmoors 30


Chevin Chase

Guy Fawkes 10

Great Whernside Fell Race

Holme Moss Fell Race

Wharfedale Half Marathon

Yorkshire Three Peaks

Heptonstall Fell Race

Hardmoors 30


Guisborough Moors Fell Race

Great Whernside Fell Race (My first fell race!)

Personal Records *Hopefully soon to be updated

5k: 19:42 John Carr Race Series 2016

10k: 42:31 Leeds Abbey Dash 2015

10M: 1:12:22 Eccup 10 Mile 2016

13.1: 1:31:32 Laufen Hilf Osterreichs Laufopening 2018

26.2: 4:05:55 Loch Ness Marathon 2011

Unfinished Business – DNFs

2016 Tour of Pendle (injury)

2017 Three Peaks Race (timed out, Flu)

2018 Goals (Video)

1: Avoid injury through ignorance / stupidity

2: Run 1000 miles (1600km – I like to work in km, they’re easier)

3 Run at least one ultra Race and be able to run the following week

4 improve my fell running

5 get a PB in ANY distance – update! Get a PB in as many distances as possible!

6 Do more cross training / strength training

7 Learn motion graphics

8 Make a mini documentary on something other than my own personal race experience

9 Expand the channel

10 Put on more races in 2018

Current 2018 Race List

March: Laufen Hilf Osterreichs Laufopening, Austria

April: Yorkshire Three Peaks

May: Ultra Trail Snowdonia 50

May: Sumava Half Marathon, Czech Republic

June: The Mozart 100, Austria