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Major Marathons

Posted: 07/01/2016 at 22:14

If you are disappointed in the London ballot, you would find Chester to be a nice event. 


I know it is much later in the year.  

Mental Struggles

Posted: 23/11/2015 at 23:09

 You talk about switching off, which might be worth expanding upon.  Some people can more or less detach their thoughts from their physical discomfort, and some people can fly on instruments while very confused about their surroundings/situation. 

The most demoralising thing in a race is thinking that you can’t finish it.  That is actually a lot more likely to break people, than being hurt physically, or being shot to pieces mentally.  

Mental Struggles

Posted: 22/11/2015 at 22:08

Being able to finish anything over 50 miles is 90% mental.  It is honestly better to have a good mind-set, and cr4p athleticism, than vice versa.  Everybody has quit in them somewhere, and the human brain is very cunning at making it acceptable to you. 

When I undertake a challenging event, I tell everybody that I am going to do it, and freely post the online tracking link.  It is a good incentive to know that your friends and family are watching you online. 

I try to work out where the psychological low points of the race are going to be, and prepare myself for them. Examples are the half way mark, and indoor checkpoints.

If I undertake an event like say UTMB, I never book accommodation for the nights when I should be on the trail, or make any other preparations for failure.  I literally put myself in a position, where the only way out is to finish the race. 

My last psychological fall back, is “if you quit now, you are going to have to come back next year”.  Not the most inspiring, but it seems to work.  

UTMB points - how important are they?

Posted: 12/11/2015 at 22:18

Before they started charging, an active ultra-runner walked the street with UTMB qualification! 

Rat Race The Wall - which shoes?

Posted: 06/11/2015 at 21:41

 Either road shoes, or a trail shoe that works exceptionally well on road.  

Marathon of Afghanistan

Posted: 25/10/2015 at 20:53

Believe it or not, there are parts of Afghanistan that are relatively safe to visit.


 Russian nationals who fought in the Soviet Afgan war often holiday there, and they are fine with it!

wannabe ultra runner?

Posted: 25/10/2015 at 20:50

You took care of business, and that’s the main thing.


Oh, and don’t worry, there were a lot of people in a far worse state.   

wannabe ultra runner?

Posted: 24/10/2015 at 21:01

I will be marshalling booktrunk, so I expect you to be on you’re a game!

Wasatch Front 100 race report

Posted: 20/10/2015 at 22:38

DNF stands for “did nothing fatal” right?

Sandstone Way Ultra

Posted: 19/10/2015 at 20:04

Awsome work DEOT.  


It sounds like a real beast of a course.  

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Wasatch Front 100 race report

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Hoad Hill Marathon

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Potteries Marathon

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Glen or Skyline

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Was arch Front 100

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Sandstone Way Ultra

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Beacon Trail Half Marathon

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Marshalling ultra distance events

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UTMB vs Irontrail

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The art of the DNF

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Women’s safety while running

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What is on your bucket list?

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Charnwood Marathon

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Using shorter races as training runs

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Scafell Pike Trail Marathon

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