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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.

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…

Pre-race Thoughts Ahead of The 2016 Peddars Way Ultra

Well here we are once again. Its another year and I am staring down the barrel of my first race of 2016, The Peddars Way Ultra. Twelve months ago I had high hopes for this race but what happened was the total opposite, with quad issues and weather throwing a few curve balls to scupper my pre-race plans and objectives….

2015 in Running Photographs

As I mentioned in my review of 2015, last year was the year where I really got stuck into my running photography, carrying my trusty iPhone with me on all my runs and races, snapping as I go. Many of these you may have previously seen on Facebook or here in my various race reports and posts. To celebrate the…

My Running Goals and Aspirations for 2016

Rather than ramble on I’ve decided to keep this post pretty short and to the point. As I outlined in my review of last year, I fell way short of the objectives I wrote for 2015. With a busy year coming up work wise – new job! – I’ve decided to cut the list back a little, to give me…

A Quick Review of My 2015 in Ultra Running

Well another years draws to a close and its time for my usual (well second anyway) navel gazing at how the past year went. For 2015, rather embarrassingly, I have the post I wrote back in January to refer back to and mark myself against. Short summary? Could do better! Of the list of objectives I set myself for the…

Ultrarun.in photos grace the pages of Ultra Magazine

Many of you may already be aware of the superb new ultra running magazine which launched last year, called Ultra. Well issue 3 was published this week and I was extremely proud to see Andy Nuttall’s race report of The Cumbria Way Ultra. Not only was it a great read, as the whole magazine is, but Andy had chosen my…

Ultrarun.in Shortlisted for the RunUltra Blogger of the Year Award 2016

I was super chuffed to receive an email earlier today saying that this website has been shortlisted for the RunUltra Blogger of the Year Award for 2016. There are loads of superb websites and blogs out there publishing content about ultra running, so I am of course extremely flattered to have made it through the initial evaluation and onto the…

Race Report: Kings Forest 50km, October 2015

Well that didn’t go according to plan! I’ll get into the detail shortly but for those that can’t wait here is a summary of my participation in the Kings Forest 50km last weekend: Our household was ravaged with coughs and colds in the week running up to the race and by the Friday I was feeling quite unwell I knew…

Pre-race thoughts ahead of the Kings Forest 50km

So this coming weekend will see me running the Kings Forest 50km and what is likely to be (although never say never!) my final ultra of 2015. The race is organised by Kevin and the team at Positive Steps PT, alongside the Peddars Way and Norfolk 100km races that I took part in earlier this year. I’ll be honest, this…

Cotswold Running Road Trip

This week saw another work related road trip and as always, another opportunity to break up the monotony of the journey for a running adventure or two in some new and hopefully scenic, locations. I was spending the night in Bristol, travelling down from Coventry following a client meeting. The Cotswolds was the obvious choice and a quick check of…

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