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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.

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….

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 of  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…

Ashmei Ambassador Day – March 2016

Well today was the day that all us hopefuls converged on ashmei HQ for the Ambassador selection day. We’ve all been working hard on our homework and social media-ing the hell out of it over the previous two weeks. For those that are confused about what I’m talking about, I explained all about it in my last blog post. The…

So what is all this #ashmeiambassador stuff about?

What’s with all these photos with the #ashmeiambassador and why are you now taking photos of yourself? Both relevant questions for anybody following any of my social media accounts over the last week.  Well the short answer is that I have been short listed to be considered as a 2016 ambassador for the ashmei athletic apparel brand.   I am…

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