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04/12/2013 at 08:06

Arse.    In the best shape of my life and get a thigh strain.    Also got to have a minor heaet op.

04/12/2013 at 12:54

spen, get well soon. hope the op goes OK. Looking on the bright side, an enforced rest has come at the right time for the Christmas wind-down. Start afresh next year.

sp, good to hear from you. Have a good one at Brecon 40. Give my regards to CD please.

DE, hope Clare's OK and recovering well now. It sounds as though you're doing well balancing your fitness schedule with family commitments, although I'm sure a 30-hour day would help as well. It would me anyway.

Famous Grouse went well for me. I chased that up with Gravy Pud fell race the following week (Sunday just gone), with Parkruns every Saturday to try and regain the edge (I'm still 1 minute off PB ). I've got Stockport 10 coming up on Sunday and - something more appropriate for an ULTRA thread - Tour de Helvellyn on the 21st.

Excellent pictures of Gravy Pud finish by Bryan Mills.

Excellent pictures at Famous Grouse by Mark Fermer.

09/12/2013 at 14:41

Frostbite 30 at weekend. Very nice event from Pateley Bridge along Nidderdale up onto the moorlands and past Scar House, Angram Reservoirs in the shadow Of Gt Whernside, then back along the south side of dale. Nice and sunny at low-level and blowing and cold on tops (as it should be). Not only a nice route, but very good budget event with nice soup at the end, 9 bars aplenty on the way around, and quality berghaus long sleeve Tshirt thrown in... yorkshire value 

Best of luck with op Spen.

Enjoy TdeH Nick, will get to that one one year.

Another interseting sounding route Cragchick, you seem to have great variety in your locale.

Edited: 09/12/2013 at 14:44
09/12/2013 at 14:49

Quite fancy the TdH as a last long run/practice day out before the Spine, not sure I can justify the time and expense to do two trips up to the area as I'm also heading up this weekend for a Nav4 training day. That one may have to wait for next year

20/12/2013 at 12:58

The 4th Tour de Helvellyn in nearly upon us. I'll be leaving for Askam soon. There will be rain but it should have cleared out by race start tomorrow.

GKD, hope you can make it for next year.

spen, how's it going?

20/12/2013 at 22:43

Hope you have a good time nick. 


I've hardly run for 4 weeks noW.   Got tendonitis in the thigh.   Seems to be getting better a slowly. 

31/12/2013 at 19:42

Happy new year to all! Hope you all had a productive or recovering last few weeks in 2013?

Last few weeks haven't gone my way so not much running, but probably better for a rest.

2014 plans all? For me I'm going to do 12 long runs, one every month, for a charity that means a lot to me. Needless to say all will likely be marathon+ and some a lot longer. Put some titbits up in past months, but will put some finalised details up sometime soon and may see a few of you out there as some of the 12 are events. But most are personal challenges on my own routes, own pace.... Which is something I've fancied more of for awhile.

11/01/2014 at 23:15

Happy New Year, everyone.

To all offroad runners in S Wales area - Up and Under in Cardiff now stock La Sportiva shoes.  Saw Crosslites (1 and 2) and Wildcats in there today. I only went in for socks and came out with a pair of Crosslite 2s on order (hope La Sportiva  do my size).


Fascinating watching The Spine unfold.


11/01/2014 at 23:22
19/01/2014 at 15:32

The spine is just mental, hats off to those who even started! Too much potential for  days on end in the wind rain and cold conditions for me to consider (I'll admit I'm not that tough).... At present anyway.

Looks a good event Cragchick, doing something similar myself next June. I hope you get the adductor sorted.

I was hoping to do my first long trail run of the year this weekend, but a return to unwellness has meant postponing to next week. I had some kind of nasty virus just before christmas, made me very sick and even passed out a few times so did an overnight in hospital for tests (nothing concerning in results). Don't think I properly recovered as was doing 30-40 mile weeks till this week and have been hit by some kind of virus again. So going to behave very well for the next 5 days and see how I feel for a long un next weekend

25/01/2014 at 07:54

hello beautiful people 

been a while since i've popped my paws in here

looks like lots planned as usual

de - hope you get better soon

trex- hope the pooch is well. i found crosslites too narrow so now using fellraisers which i love

cragchick..thinking about doing the 3x3 but im no big fan of scafell bolder fields..maybe just need to shut my eyes for that section lol!

first up for me is next weekend..the mickleden straddle...14m fell race...jog on

take care guys x

25/01/2014 at 10:45

Morning CD, good to see you back, just googled the straddle, looks fantastic.

Not much for me post Spine, I've spent so much time focusing on that one race I neglected to plan pretty much anything for the rest of the year other than another States qualifier just to keep my tickets in the ballot.

 So at the moment the plan is to enter the Toe des Geants ballot when it opens next week and see how that goes, if I'm unsuccessful I'll probably either go for the Swiss Irontrail 201 or a BG attempt towards the autumn. In which case I'll be spending quite a bit of time in the lakes this summer and that's no bad thing at a all.

25/01/2014 at 15:31

Hi cd.  Pooch is very well indeed.  Much fitter than when we had him last May and a pleasure to have out and about in the hills although he finds even paced long runs along the canal boring.

26/01/2014 at 08:07

gkd..the spine? you're a better man than me..much respect. did you do the full monty or (just ) the challenge? incredible to even contemplate doing either

trex..dont blame the lad..i'm with him on that one! what are your plans this year? popping up north at all?

27/01/2014 at 22:09

Hats of GKD, its a tough route anytime of year, but with the conditions of  a few weeks ago it can rightfully claim to be one of the toughest!

Enjoy Mickleden CD, good distance fell run there, can't beat a good L. Quite a wet one perhaps?

Feel a bit humble in my reporting now - no winds, rain, hill, fell or moorland and only 27m for first long run this year. Enjoyed a good point to point trot from Hull to Bridlington though and a good confidence booster as no energy problems during or after. Near 10m of good path and trail on an old railway line then out mostly field edge paths which were plenty muddy in places as were the ploughed fields on route. Nice to do something different passing little villages I've never heard of despite them being so close. And some nice beach miles to bring me into Bridlington before hitting the prom and a sit down for fish and chips.

27/01/2014 at 22:25

Cheers Gents, did the full Spine and it was as tough as you'd expect, only plan for this year was to finish which I did quite comfortably. Knowing what I know now I'm thinking of going back next year and racing it properly but it's such a huge commitment I'm going to take a little longer to think about it

28/01/2014 at 21:43

Well done gary.   Followed you on the tracker.

29/01/2014 at 10:47

Whats the si joint?    

I've had a few problems with my hips too. 

I am also thinking of doing that high terrain event in October. ...

29/01/2014 at 19:19

My problem was I had pelvic tilt through weak glutes and hamstrings.    Done loads of exercises and seems a lot better. 

31/01/2014 at 12:46

collie dave - mainly tackling southern events this year in places like Thames Path, Brecon Beacons, Anglesey, and hopefully have a go at the Cotswold Way.  Races on the Hadrian's Wall Path and Cleveland Way definitely attract for future years.

Archie is a Welsh Border Collie and I think his long legs mean he goes even further than the regular brand.

Wondering whether to go out with him in this lot that's coming down at the moment.

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