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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…

Lakeland 100 Race Report – Part 2: The Crawl to Coniston

And so our journey continues! For those that haven’t already read it, you can catch-up with our exploits during the first half of the 2016 edition of The Lakeland 100 in part one of my race report. For those that are already up to speed lets get back to the action with our intrepid heroes leaving the Dalemain checkpoint. Leg…

Lakeland 100 Race Report – Part 1: Dashing to Dalemain

A hundred miles is a long way that’s for sure! To complement The Lakeland 100 my race report is also of epic proportions but with so many memories from a truly stunning course it’s hardly surprising I guess. A lot of people wonder why I bother with these reports, which can become ultra writing efforts in their own right. Like…

My Pre-race Thoughts Ahead of The Lakeland 100

Frustrated doesn’t even begin to describe how I’ve been feeling during July. As I outlined in my previous post, a bout of flu totally knocked me for six at the end of June and brought my training to a grinding halt. Okay, let’s start by getting all the negativity off my chest! We’re all doomed! At the end of June…

Storm Clouds Gathering Over My Race Plans

Events, dear boy, events! I’m not big on political history but that quote, widely attributed to Harold Macmillan but disputed by many, sums up the last ten days for me perfectly. Normally at this point in proceedings I’d be writing my usual pre-race thoughts post ahead of this weekends Ultimate Trails 110km in the Lake District. Events however have changed…

Race Report: The Fellsman 2016 – Brutal but Nice!

As usual I’ll start my race report with a quick summary of the race and then get into the detail. For anyone not familiar with The Fellsman, it is a 61 mile point to point self navigation race across the fells of The Yorkshire Dales taking in the peaks ofΒ  Ingleborough, Whernside (two of the famous Yorkshire Three Peaks), Gragareth,…

My Photo Diary of The Fellsman 2016

On Saturday I took part in the 2016 Fellsman, a 61 mile ultra marathon across the Yorkshire Dales taking in over 11,000 ft of ascent. It was a brutal but enjoyable event, with some of the toughest terrain I have ever run across. My full race report will follow in due course but in brief I was extremely pleased to…

Pre-race Thoughts Ahead of The Fellsman 2016

Well we’re into race week for my second race of the 2016 season, the iconic Fellsman race in North Yorkshire. For those that haven’t heard of this race before, it’s a UK classic and involves 62 odd miles and over 11,000ft of ascent across the hills and fells of North Yorkshire. The race began as a walking challenge nearly 55…

Bring on the mountains!

So with the pleasant distraction of the ashmei ambassador day now in the past and while we await the decision of Stuart and the team, I find myself looking forward to what the rest of 2016 has to offer. After an awesome result at the Peddars Way Ultra at the end of January, I took February easy, running for the…

Race Report: Peddars Way Ultra Marathon 2016

As always to save those that aren’t interested the need to read my blow by blow account of the Buff sponsored Peddars Way Ultra 2016 by Positive Steps PT, here are the main highlights of the race: I finished the race in 7th place overall in a time of 07:38:09, smashing all my pre-race objectives and taking 1 hour 14…

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