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.

So what is Sky Running?

So you’ve heard the term Sky Running but what actually is it? Well it’s an international series of running races held in the mountains, with most events having a VK or vertical kilometre – 1km of ascent in as short an amount of horizontal distance as possible, basically straight up! – a mountain marathon and ultra up to around 80km….

Next Ultramarathon in the diary – Peddars Way Ultra 2015

Well I talked about it for a while but I have finally pulled the trigger and entered the Peddars Way Ultra, at the end of January 2015!   With the loss of the Intrepid Duathlon from my race calendar, my training had lost all its focus and it feels good to get something booked in, all be it a while away…

A Tough Call but The Right One

Today I made the tough call to not start the Monster Half Marathon here in Ely. It was a difficult decision but definitely the right one for a number of reasons, not least the continuing injury. My decision was is in no way a reflection on the Monster Team and the great races they put on but as my Autumn…

In search of that elusive ITB and TLF stretch

As you may have see from Twitter and Facebook, the end of my 2014 season has hit a few speed bumps. First a couple of races were either rescheduled or cancelled altogether, the later being my A race for 2014 so am obviously extremely disappointed. Things went from bad to worse however when I started to get some knee pain….

Race Report: Grimreaper 40 Mile Ultramarathon, August 2014

This has been a while coming but with the launch of this site I thought it important that I included a race report from my first ever Ultra marathon, the 40 mile Grimreaper Ultra. It’s also worth sharing a little bit of background to my decision to enter the ultra marathon and the training and preparation, or lack there of,…

One Door Closes and Another Opens

This year I turned forty and during 2013 searched high and low to find a landmark race that I could enter to mark this milestone in my life. For a while I assumed this would be a Half Ironman but just as I was about to hit the enter button Monster Racing launched a new event called The Intrepid Duathlon…

Treatment and Prevention of Common Running Injuries

We’ve all been there, niggling strain or slight twinge that we run through or keeps coming back time and time again.  This article provides a great overview to the 7 most common running injuries, what causes them, how to treat them and most importantly how to prevent them reoccurring.  

Strava = Fun but (potentially) Unfocussed Training

Now I love Strava as much as the next man but I have to say I am 100% in agreement with Andy on this one.  I have been a member of Strava for years and its really come on leaps and bounds, trying to move beyond their traditional cycling audience and embrace runners and triathletes. Their training tools are really good, especially the ability to design…

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