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Hardrock 100

Posted: 25/07/2014 at 11:15

The Bear was an adventure and unlike anything I've ever done outside of the USA, (I've also done Zion 100 and am off to do the inaugural Tahoe 200 in a few weeks)

What really struck me - apart from the incredible scenery was the ultra community in the US, it's a lot more established, but still really welcoming. I met people at The Bear and Zion that I still keep in touch with - the yanks are incredibly interested in the European scene, especially fell running for some reason!

If you have the time and money, then get out and do some racing in the USA - the ultra / trail running scene is massive and there are races every weekend to choose from.

Hardrock 100

Posted: 25/07/2014 at 08:39

I did The Bear 100 last year in the USA 

Hardrock 100

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 13:35

About 1.5% for a first-timer... I qualified, entered and failed  

But then again - I've never been successful in UTMB, Western States or even the longest, hilliest toughest marathon of them all - London 

North Downs Way

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 09:37

I did the NDW100 in 2012 - it is a great event and I have no doubt Centurion will put on a fantastic day as ever 

Tips... take the first half easy, there's some big hills - Box Hill and Reigate hill especially. Be prepared for some more nasty hills and steps after the Detling aid station and it's more than 100 miles, maybe only by 3 or 4 miles, but that can take you an hour after already doing 100 miles!

The Centurion site has great pacing for sub 24 - if you can get to halfway in 10 hours you're game-on for a sub-24 finish... In 2012, I got to halfway in 10:30 and finished in 23:46 and nobody passed me after halfway.

My blog from 2012 is here


Palma Majorca Marathon 2014 I'm running are you?

Posted: 22/07/2014 at 15:42

I did Palma as my first marathon in 2010 and again in 2012. It's quite a big marathon, the first half is nice and scenic, around the marina and through the old town. The second half can be a bit of a lonely out-and-back up the coast to Arenal...

In 2012 there were lots of problems with buses to the start from Arenal where I was staying, there weren't enough buses, taxis were non-existent and they shut the roads while we were still waiting. Eventually we got there with minutes to spare so it was a mad dash to check bags and get to the start line - but not a great start.

Otherwise, yep - it's a nice enough road race. Pretty flat, the first half is great fun and well supported on wide roads initially to allow the pack to spread out. It can be warm, but also windy on final 10km back into Palma.

Lots and lots of Germans do it, (Palma has big Germanic connections) - beer at the finish - but alas, it's non-alcoholic Erdinger! Quite a few brits too - and Palma is a nice enough place to spend a day-or-two after, assuming you don't want to go Jeremy Kyle baiting in Magaluf 

Thunder Run TR24 2014

Posted: 14/07/2014 at 13:52

That's my blog

I've always parked / camped in the solo area and used my car as an aid station. It's noisy at night - as it's chip timed there's a *beep* every time a runner goes through the timing mats. Then there's all the relay runners shouting for their handover, "Dave, Dave, Dave..." 

If you're solo and planning to run all night then it doesn't matter - however, if you've got kids with you then you may be well advised to find a quieter spot. The course winds its way through the campsite for the final 2km which might be quieter. 

Help after naive Sports Direct purchase

Posted: 20/06/2014 at 14:20

You should be able to return them if they're unworn... From the SD website - it's for mail order but the same should apply for retail sales

If a full refund including original delivery costs is required then the entire order needs to be returned back to us within fourteen (14) working days. However you will be responsible for the cost of returning the goods to us. If a refund is payable to you we will process the refund as soon as possible, and, in any case within fourteen (14) days.

The goods do not need to be in their original packaging however in a sellable condition, and at your own cost and risk.

You have a legal obligation to take reasonable care of the goods while they are in your possession. If you fail to comply with this obligation, we may have a right of action against you for compensation. This applies to all goods that are returned.

But - I'd agree, for the mileage you're doing and how much they cost - just try them, I have all sorts of trail shoes from £25 to £125 

wannabe ultra runner?

Posted: 18/06/2014 at 08:21

an - I would "think" that the pack is either too loose or you've packed it in a way / with stuff that contributes to the rubbing. 

I normally have to adjust my pack as the run progresses as it becomes lighter / less bulky. Every time I start a new run I think I've put on a load of weight because I have to loosen the straps 

I guess having the pack too tight could also cause friction, as could certain types of clothing. I remember my old Raidlight pack combined with a Nike waterproof jacket used to destroy my back! 


24 Hour Run

Posted: 17/06/2014 at 18:56

On average you can digest 300 cals/hour - if you try to build up a deficit and then catch-up food will just sit in your stomach, until you probably see it again all over your shoes 

my advice is to eat little and often, right from the start - aim for 300 cals/hour of easily digestible food. I like to mix up sweet and savoury so I don't get sick of any single item - pork pies, crisps, biscuits, coke, nuts, flapjack, rice pudding, pizza slices and sandwiches all work well for me.

at my first 24 hour event I got it horribly wrong by eating too much, I made it to 8 hours before I had to retire to sleep it off.

Getting tired? ... Cure to fatigue after a 100 miler

Posted: 13/06/2014 at 10:59

I'll try to remember that at the Tahoe 200 in September 

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