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The World's 10 Toughest Marathons

Posted: 17/09/2014 at 14:59

Endurancelife CTS Exmoor or any one of the Might Contain Nuts Welsh Series marathons in the Black Mountains / Brecon Beacons

The Groundhog Track Marathon, (104.25 laps of a running track) was also pretty tough 


Running holidays - would you?

Posted: 14/09/2014 at 20:23

you don't have to go somewhere hot, or with a beach? How about Iceland and the "Fire and Ice" ultra? I'm just back from Lake Tahoe and the Tahoe 200 - it's about the same temperature here in the UK, albeit 7,000' lower..


Running holidays - would you?

Posted: 13/09/2014 at 17:19

Depends what you mean by running holiday... I've been to the USA a few times recently and incorporated a race with a holiday. It's a fantastic way to see the world and do some running, meet new people etc. I call them "destination races" which came from the "destination restaurant" term 

Gower Ultra 50

Posted: 29/08/2014 at 11:53

Sean, (from DDMT I presume ) I've done Wye 50 twice and would choose that over the Gower 50 any day - but then I like point-to-point races, hills and mountains!

I'm in no hurry to run around the Gower any time soon - I like the CTS sections but there's an awful lot of flat and tarmac for a trail race

Gower Ultra 50

Posted: 29/08/2014 at 11:12

I ran the course a few months ago, starting at Gowerton and going anti-clockwise... Some of my thoughts included:

  • It's quite flat, (for me) and there's a fair amount of tarmac too - out of Gowerton is tarmac for a few miles and then there's a big, long section from a couple of miles before Mumbles all the way back to Gowerton via NCN4, (over 10 miles)
  • Having said it's flat - some of the dune sections especially around Oxwich / Three Cliffs are a pain in the @$$. Gaiters are invaluable and highly recommended unless you want to be emptying sand out of your shoes every 100 yards. The flat beach sections are mainly on hard-packed sand so it really isn't an issue here.
  • Lots and lots of places to pick up water. I did it solo and unsupported and wasn't without water for more that 6 or 7 miles. There's WC's, shops and taps outside houses / businesses if you keep an eye out.
  • Unless the organisers a planning a diversion it's closer to 54 miles - it might not sound a lot but an extra 4-5 miles is a long way at the end

It's a nice enough route, some of the sections around Rhossili and Oxwich are stunning. It should be a great event, showcasing the Gower and Wales Coast Path so I hope it goes well.

Ridgeway Challenge 2014

Posted: 26/08/2014 at 08:36

Good work shawk - you need a blog 


Posted: 24/08/2014 at 13:57

that's an incredible performance, it'll be interesting to read about the strategies people used in the aftermath...

Considering the cutoff is still over 28 hours away, (16:30 Monday) people went off a lot faster than I'd have expected, i certainly wasn't expecting a sub-48 finisher 



Posted: 22/08/2014 at 23:25

booktrunk - there's an app for that

enter T184 in the login...


Posted: 22/08/2014 at 11:35

The tracking is awesome, I  know a few people doing it so that's my weekend sorted  

It really isn't my sort of race, apart from it being too flat I like to travel light so carrying all that gear is my idea of hell. Good luck to the brave souls heading West along the Thames though!

Elevation maps.

Posted: 13/08/2014 at 14:22

Load-up Google Earth in 3D mode and go for an online wander around your local area. There's a settings you can use to "exaggerate" the elevation which makes hilly areas easier to spot:

Tools - Options - 3D View (Tab) - Elevation Exaggeration, (in "Terrain group")

Default is 1.0, set it higher to make your local hill look like the Alps 

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