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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.

Review of The Camelbak Ultra Pro Running Hydration Vest

In my latest review on My Outdoors, I take a look at the new Camelbak Ultra Pro Running Vest and Quick Stow Flasks.  With a strong heritage in the mountain biking and cycling market, I was excited to try their latest running vest offering and see how it stacked up against the more established vests from the likes of Salomon…

Pre-race Thoughts on The Pennine Barrier 50 Ultra Marathon

Well after a near four month hiatus from racing, the day is finally approaching and this Saturday at 6am, all being well, I will start the Pennine Barrier 50 Ultra. This is a new event from GB Ultras, the same team that bring you Ultra Great Britain, Liverpool to Manchester and Chester Ultra’s. Starting in Malham, we follow the same…

Running Into Summer With Injury Woes

It has been a little over a month since my last update, and before I write my pre-race thoughts ahead of next weekends Pennine Barrier 50, I thought it would be worth giving a quick update on what I’ve been up to running wise. Injury woes Injury has cast a shadow over most things since my last post. I have…

Spring Running Adventures and Exciting News

Its been a while since I’ve posted, so I thought it was worth sharing a quick update on where I am with my training, plans for the coming months and some exciting news about an upcoming feature on this website. More on that later! Spring Training and Running Adventures Lets start with the training. Dropping the LDWA Winter Poppyline into…

Review of Trail and Fell Running in The Lake District Guidebook

As many of you will already know, The English Lake District is an area of the country which holds a very special place in my heart. Some of my favourite running adventures have taken place along its valley’s and across it fells in this corner of the UK and I’m really looking forward to returning in the summer for another…

Review of Arc’teryx Norvan VT Trail Running Shoes

At the back end of 2016 I was lucky enough to be sent a pair of the new Arc’teryx Norvan VT trail running shoes to review. With some aggressive looking vibram soles and some innovative new ideas in the design, I was excited to get them muddy and out on my local trails and fields. Some heavy racing and recovery…

Race Report: LDWA Winter Poppyline 2017

Last weekend I was fortunate enough to have my forty third birthday coincide with this years edition of The Winter Poppyline. This is an annual 52 mile walking challenge put on by The Long Distance Walkers Association (LWDA), which starts from Aylsham in North Norfolk and takes in some of the best countryside Norfolk has to offer. After my long…

Thoughts ahead of the LDWA Winter Poppyline

Tomorrow is my birthday and as a special treat from my family I have entered the Long Distance Walkers Association (LDWA) Winter Poppyline, a 50 mile loop around North Norfolk. For a number of years I have wanted to take part in a LDWA event, which have a great reputation of being friendly events, well organised and open to runners…

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