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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.

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…

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 the 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….

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…

Review of the Ultimate Direction PB Adventure Vest 3.0

Okay I’ll confess, I’ve an obsession when it comes to running vests! Not the skimpy slips of polyester you’ll see club runners wearing but the backpacks designed to enable runners or adventure racers to carry kit into the hills, while still being able to run with comfort. In my mind perfection comes downs to two simple factors. Firstly fit. The…

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…

Cover Photo Uncovered for Issue 5 of Ultra Magazine

Well I can’t believe it, the news and issue are finally out and I am totally stocked to see my photo from this years Fellsman as the cover of the latest issue of Ultra Magazine. I’ve known for a quite a while now but still didn’t quite believe it until the issue finally hit my door mat on Saturday morning….

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