Welcome Back! | HCC Journal 9

A message from the founders.

Hello and welcome back to all members of the Collective, what a year 2021 was... 2 beautiful trail running festivals, 4 gruelling Spartan races UK, the National Running Show South and The National Snow Show up in Birmingham. It was brilliant to meet as many of you as we did last year at the events. Hearing how CBD has helped your life's in so many different ways, motivates us to keep pushing ourselves to be the best company we can.

This year we have loads to look forward too, starting with a second year as the exclusive CBD sponsor at Spartan Race UK, if you haven't signed up with your mates to do one of these yet, then do! It’s a brilliant way to find out what your made of. We'll try to get to trail running festivals and running shows again, as well as creating some amazing, original content around adventures sports and CBD Recovery in the UK and beyond. It's set to be a belter.

That’s enough from us for now, but we hope 2022 is your year, keep Exploring the hills by walking, running, biking, climbing… the list goes on. One thing we can guarantee you is that no matter what you're doing HCC will be there to support you Recovery.


Tom and Ben.


The HCC Family is growing! So with a warm welcome, meet Dan Connolly, competitive runner extraordinaire! Over the past few years, Dan's been exploring the expanse realm of running, whether that's on the road, the trails or on exposed ridgelines; Dan runs whatever and whenever he can. We're excited to be supporting Dan with our HCC CBD products, fuelling his mind and body as he embarks on some truly testing events this year.

How did you get into running?
While spending some summers working in Switzerland a few years ago, I did a lot of hiking. I found that running in the mountains let me explore the area much quicker, so when I got back to the UK, I got into hill running in Shropshire.

What was your first running event?
I did a mountain marathon in Switzerland in 2016 called Gondo Marathon, which was 42km with 2,000m of uphill. I wore road shoes and suffered my way around it, and I have been hooked ever since.

Which is your favourite discipline of running, and does that change for racing?
Trail and Fell running are my favourites without a doubt. I love being in the outdoors and in nature. For racing, I enjoy them all! Road running is brutally honest, but I love the variety and tactics in off-road running. Also, I feel like a more complete athlete when I run off-road.

How does CBD help with your recovery and in daily life?
I have been using CBD for 6 months now, and my sleep quality has improved dramatically. I also religiously use the balm when I have some achy legs, which is a lot of the time. I was a bit apprehensive at first, but I was surprised at just how much it helped after a few weeks.

What is your favourite HCC product and why?
I use the 1,000mg CBD Oil Natural Flavour before bed. I also love the gummies, but I get through them far too quickly as I have a sweet tooth!

What's on your running agenda for 2022?
The aim is to get into the GB mountain running team, target some longer trail races, and have fun along the way. I will dabble in road and try to get a sub 30-min 10k and potentially target a road marathon too.

Don’t forget to give Dan a follow on Instagram so you can follow his training efforts and challenges this year.


Go Spartans!


Go Spartans!

We're excited to be supporting the epic Spartan Race for a second year! This is an event that truly challenges your mind and body. Demanding every ounce of effort, strength and determination, you'll discover what you're really made of; whether you take on one of the Spartan obstacle events or challenge yourself to run along the world's most rugged trails, unleash your inner Spartan by signing up this year. Head over to the Spartan Race website for a full list of events.