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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.

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…

My Running Goals and Aspirations for 2017

Apologies as I’m a little late with posting my objectives this year, as I’ve been slightly distracted by my preparations for The Spine Challenger. As I outlined in my review of 2016, there were a number objectives which I didn’t make as much progress on as I’d like last year. Okay I admit it, in some instances very little progress…

Photo Diary of The Montane Spine Challenger 2017

As you will know by now, I am a sucker for taking photographs during my races. One thing is for sure, if the race is going well and I’m in high spirits there will be plenty of photos, if its not then there will be none. On that basis, as I look through my photos after a race it’s very…

Montane Spine Challenger – My 2017 Race of Highs and Lows!

Well it’s a little over 24 since I crossed the finishing line of The Montane Spine Challenger. I’ve managed to get some sleep – need some more! – clear my head slightly and start to sort myself out. A monster race report will be coming as usual but I felt it was worth getting a few thoughts down and thanks…

Review of TomTom Adventurer GPS Watch

Before Christmas I was lucky enough to get my hands on the new TomTom Adventurer GPS watch and give it a test from a running perspective. Well I’m pleased to say that review has now been published over at MyOutdoors.co.uk. It’s worth noting that since I wrote this review, TomTom have pushed a major update to their MySports online platform,…

My Pre-race Thoughts Ahead of The 2017 Spine Challenger

Well its now five days to go until the start of the Spine Challenger and the nerves are starting to build. Actually I would go as far as to say that this is the most nervous I’ve felt before any race and I’m not entirely sure why. My training has gone well and I’m confident I have the fitness I…

Photographic Review of 2016

Happy new year everybody! Following on from my written review of 2016, I thought I’d do a quick look back at 2016, using the photographs I capturing while out running. For those that were here last year, you’ll remember I did a similar thing for 2015 and found it a really nice visual way to capture the year. In 2016…

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