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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.

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…

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…

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