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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.

Summer Running Adventures in The European Alps

As the clocks go back and the morning frosts return, many of us turn our attention to next season and start drawing up plans for our 2019 running adventures. While there are adventures aplenty here in the UK, many are drawn to the larger ranges, with the European Alps a natural destination for those looking for bigger challenges and, the…

Review of the Ultimate Direction Adventure Vest 4.0

Ultimate Direction have a strong reputation for the design and development of innovative packs, vests and waist belts for trail and ultra running. I have been a massive fan of their packs for a number of years and even went so far as to declare the Ultimate Direction PB Adventure Vest 3.0 β€œ… as close to the perfect running vest…

Race Report: Lakeland 100 (2018) – The Greatest Show!

2018 marks my third year travelling to Coniston and starting Lakeland 100. With one successful completion under my belt in 2016 and a DNF due to a hip injury in 2017, it was one all on the score sheet and I was keen to make amends for last year and move 2-1 up. I had entered Lakeland before receiving my…

Our Lakeland 50 and 100 Nutrition Plans (and the reality!)

This year’s Lakeland was a real family affair. In addition to my own attempt at my second completion of Lakeland 100, my wife Lea was running The Lakeland 50 and both our boys were also doing The Lakeland 1. I’m very pleased to say that it was a successful weekend and we all came away from Coniston with our t-shirts,…

Pre-race Thoughts Ahead of The 2018 Lakeland 100

I am not sure where I even begin with this one, such has been the roller coaster ride to get to this point. My build-up Twelve months ago I made the decision to travel north to Coniston for my second running of Lakeland 100. My original plan, to follow-up my successful completion in 2016, was a sub 30-hour attempt in…

Running in the Innovative Inov-8 TERRAULTA G 260 Graphene

Typically I like to wait at least a hundred miles before putting pen to paper and sharing my thoughts on running shoes. However, with a lot of buzz at the moment about the new G-Series of shoes from Inov-8, I thought I would share some initial thoughts, having spent a few weeks now running in the new Inov-8 TERRAULTA G…

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…

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