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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.

Some (brief) Pre-race Thoughts on The Berghaus Dragons Back Race

Well, here we go. At 7am on Monday, I start the biggest mountain race of my running career, The Dragons Back race, covering 315km over five days down the spine of Wales. I’ve struggled to write any meaningful pre-race thoughts all week, as this is a race that both excites and terrifies me in equal measure. For years I’ve wanted…

Race Report: Jurassic Coast Challenge 2019

Those that have been following me on social media or read my pre-race thoughts will know, I tried something a little different for this event. Namely, I took a GoPro with me and attempted to make a video diary of my three days of running on the Jurassic Coast. This was for two reasons. One, well I was keen to try video as an extension of the…

Pre-race thoughts ahead of The Jurassic Coast Challenge

Once again that I have been really slack at writing these last few months. After my confident declaration at the start of January that I would like to write more regularly, I went in the opposite direction and have written nothing at all. The reason? Yes, you guessed it, injury once again! As you can imagine, this got me quite down and…

A New Running Approach Towards The Bigger Picture

Last weekend I should have been in the north of England, battling the elements with friends, around the Montane Cheviot Goat. Unfortunately my body had other ideas and instead I was left to enjoy a local muddy twelve miles on my own and partake in a bit of dot watching (and cheering) from afar. I haven’t written about my training…

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…

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