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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.

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…

Race report: Cumbria Way Ultra Marathon, September 2015

So as I sit down to start to write this report, five days have passed since I crossed the finish line of the Cumbria Way Ultra at 23:18 on Saturday 19th September 2015. I’ve fond memories of the race, my toughest to date, my legs are recovering nicely and I’m even considering a short run this evening – Editorial note:…

Pre-race thoughts ahead of the Cumbria Way Ultra Marathon

Well we’re into the final week before my next race and as usual I’ve jotted down a few thoughts about both the race itself and how my preparations have gone. The race The race in question is the Cumbria Way Ultra, a 73 mile foot race, following the trail of the same name, from the centre of Ulverston in the…

The Trail Ahead is Looking Long, Hilly but Enormous Fun

Summer may only just be drawing to a close but already minds turn to 2016 and beyond as race entries start to open for next year and, in some cases, fill up and close within minutes! As the sport of ultra running increases in popularity, so does the number of races available. However for some iconic races this popularity also…

Looking back at my first year as an ultra runner

This weekend marks exactly a year since I ran my first ultra marathon, the forty mile Grimreaper Ultra at Grimsthorpe Castle. I can’t believe it’s only been a year! Since that race I’ve run three more (Peddars Way Ultra, Hardmoors 55 and Norfolk 100) and also had some wonderful running adventures across the country. There have been highs and some…

Running Movies, Visualisations and Data Fun

I’ve been playing around with the Movie feature on Suunto Movescount, which will take the GPS track data you’ve recorded and combine this with videos, photos and text you’ve uploaded, to create a short video of your adventure. A bit of fun and you get some interesting results. Here are a few I’ve made from some of my recent runs…

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