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My name is Giles Thurston and I have what some describe as an unnatural obsession with long running adventures. Ultrarun.in charts my progress through the sports of trail, mountain and ultra running - my training, racing and general thoughts on the subject and the kit we use.

Race Report: The 2018 HEINEKEN Race to The Tower

Well where do we even begin with this one? As I initially sat down to write this report, I was not even sure I could recollect all of the course, such was the wave of emotion and mental turmoil that I suffered during this race. Don’t get me wrong, the event itself is superb. Professionally organised by the team at…

Long term review of the Inov-8 Trailtalon 250

Back in Autumn last year, I was fortunate enough to receive a pair of Inov-8’s Trailtalon 250, their latest shoe aimed squarely at trail and ultra runners. As a huge fan of Inov-8 Race Ultras for my longer trail runs and ultra marathons, I was keen to see how their natural successor stood up to a long term test and…

Pre-race thoughts ahead of The HEINEKEN Race to The Tower

Well what a twelve months it has been! This time last year I was in my final build towards Pennine Barrier, having had osteitis pubis diagnosed but confident I could still start Lakeland 100. A year later and despite a great run at Pennine Barrier, my hips fell apart shortly afterwards. With a DNF at Lakeland, a stress fracture in…

Equipment Essentials for New Ultra Runners

A few weeks ago, you will recall that Mikula Thalmann was kind enough to share his thoughts on full body running and core strength, in an article here on Ultrarun.in. Well I am pleased to say that my article over on Mikula’s website, The Running Mate, has just been published. In my article I focus on probably the number one…

New Running Horizons – An Injury Update

Firstly, many apologies for the months of delay since my last post on here. I am guessing those of you who follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Strava, will have been keeping up to date with my return from injury. For those that don’t, well here is a run fly through of what has been happening in recent weeks,…

Guest Post: Mikula Thalmann – Full Body Running

Those of you that are long time readers of this website, will know that I am a massive fan of core strength work, to compliment my running. In fact a few years ago, I shared my thoughts on this, along with the core strength routine that I was following at the time. Now some may question, with all the injury…

Review of the Inov8 AT/C Protec-Shell Waterproof Jacket

One of the great benefits of being back running, is that I can finally start to clear the backlog of items waiting review. The first out of the gate, is the new Inov8 AT/C Protec-Shell Waterproof Jacket. This jacket was a new addition to Inov-8’s Autumn Winter collection and a jacket I had high hopes for using in this years…

Guest Post: Kingsley Jones – Alpine Winter Trail Running Adventures

Following on from last years guest post by Steve Birkinshaw, talking about how running experience can make all the difference, it is my great pleasure to welcome another guest writer to this site. Kingsley Jones works as a UIMLA International Mountain Leader, guiding trail running groups in the Alps, and the fells of the UK Lake District. He has written…

What’s in your running pack?

Have you ever stood on the start line of an ultra and looked around at the various packs people are carrying and wondered what they have in theirs? Have this ever caused you to worry you are carrying too much or too little? Have you ever looked at the elite runners and wonder how they even meet the minimum kit…

My Nutrition, Demons and Me

I’ve been meaning the write this article for years but have always struggled where to begin or how to even structure my thoughts. Nutrition has always been the one area of my training that I have neglected and I have always known that if I gave it some focus, I would be a much better runner as a result. While…

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