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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.

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…

Review of 2016 – My Year in Ultra Running

As the year draws to a close, I like to look back at my running year and see what went well and what went less so. In addition to allowing me to do a bit of navel gazing and celebrate the highlights, this also gives me a chance to see if there are any lessons I can learn and take…

Running into the home straight of 2016

Well we’re into the final two weeks of the year and – maybe more importantly! – the final four weeks before my next race, The Spine Challenger – gulp! As its been a while since my last update, I figured it was worth a few putting a words down about how things have been going with my training and also…

Review of Montane Spine Trail Running Jacket

Well hot off the heels of my comparative review of Petzl head torches for running, I’m pleased to say that my review of the Montane Spine Jacket is also now available on MyOutdoors. This is a latest waterproof jacket aimed at trail and mountain runners from Montane, using the excellent and lightweight Gore-tex Active Shell fabric. But have Montane developed…

A Runners Guide to Head Torches from Petzl

I’m really pleased to announce that my article looking at the head torch options available for runners from Petzl has now been published on the MyOutdoors.co.uk website. This is an article I’ve been working on for some time now but since joining the MyOutdoors Trail Running Team back in the summer, I am delighted to be able to share my…

Run Ultra Blogger of The Year 2017

Just a quick update to let you know that I’m really proud to have been nominated for the Run Ultra Blogger of the year award for the second year running. There are some superb blogs on the list and its a real honour to even be mentioned in the same breath as them. If there is a blog you regularly…

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