Tag: trail running

With just under 2 weeks to go until my longest ever race, the Lakeland 50, apart from a few recent blips in the long runs (I’ve sorted them now) things have gone well and as it’s long overdue (again) I thought it time to put down some notes on my preparations and what I’ve done for the past 3 months. Running Well obviously I’ve been doing a fair bit of running with the weekend back to backs gradually increasing in length until they reached 12 miles on day one and…

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It’s been a while since I wrote anything of substance, I’ve just not ‘felt’ it for one reason or another but I thought it was about time I got off my proverbial ass and made some notes about my up and coming run and how I’m preparing for it. Since I started trail running I’ve always had the thought that in my fiftieth year I’d like to have a go at the Lakeland 50, it seemed so far away and almost unreachable until a couple of years ago I did…

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Let me start by being clear about one thing, the weekend we had towards the end of June, of which Trail Marathon Wales was a part, was excellent. We caught up with good friends, the weather was great, the pre event party and actual TMW event was second to non in both atmosphere and organisation. Wendy’s birthday meal was excellent and even my little run the following day was good. In all we both had a great time, the only things that didn’t go according to plan were our races……

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Racing the Goldrush 8.5m Trail run.coedybrenin was the host for the The Goldrush Trail 2016 in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Mawddach and we’d been looking forward to it for months as the route is a marked trail through some of the best parts of Coed Y Brenin, a route we are quiet familiar with although neither myself or Wendy had ever raced it. We’d been to Coed Y Brenin a few weeks earlier for the ‘Day With Anna Frost’ and the following days 10k social run and were…

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SBU35 – The St. Begas Ultra, August 2015 Three years since I started running and four weeks since my longest run and although I can almost remember when I first started running I can definitely remember the run from a few weeks ago… “Beep, buzz, beep, buzz”, surely it can’t be time to get up already, it’s still dark for Gods sake… and then my brain wakes up and it’s action stations, today is the day I’m going to run my first “Ultra”, SBU35 (The St. Begas Ultra) Registration was…

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I still find it hard to believe that just over a year ago I was standing on the start line about to run my first marathon, up some mountains, in Wales. It was one of the most memorable moments in my life so it was with some excitement that we set off once more towards the mountains of Snowdonia slightly more than 2 weeks ago to run the full and half Trail Marathon Wales races once more. The drive down from Lancashire through North Wales to the Crossed Foxes, Dolgellau…

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The weekend before The Anna Frost Big Trail Weekend was my last ‘proper’ long run before the gradual tapering down of distance and training intensity before the Trail Marathon Wales. The route followed nearly all the Rivington Marathon with the odd bit cut out making the distance 35.5 km (22½ miles) of fantastic undulating (hilly) countryside. The run went very well with no instances of cramp, no issue with the Torq gels or bars that I’m going to use in the race and a fairly even pace. As well as…

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When we received the email about a weekend trail running event hosted by Run. Coed y Brenin and featuring ultra runner Anna ‘Frosty’ Frost we quickly put our names down for tickets to the three events and arranged camping for the weekend. As it turned out it was brilliant… Arrival at Cae Gwyn Farm Campsite As it was the end of May we thought we’d dig out the tent as the weather should be OK for camping. We arrived just after lunch on the Friday to find the campsite at…

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After the successful long run on Anglesey and a great week of relaxing on our favourite island parkrun day came round or Saturday day as it’s more commonly called. We’d arranged to leave the cottage a bit later than normal giving us time to visit Penryhn parkrun which ran round (literally) Penrhyn Castle, just outside Bangor. With fantastic views of the magnificent castle and the sea, the undulating (parkrun speak for hilly) course was brilliant as were the team that ran the weekly event so we’ll definitely be back during our summer break. The…

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I’d been looking forward to this run for a while as even though it’s ‘only’ a training run its one we did last year so the route was known and it runs through and around Newborough Forest as well as onto Llanddwyn Island, two of my favourite places on Anglesey. Unlike last year we elected to avoid the field where we encountered cows with calves so after after a little warmup to get onto the marked coastal path we headed southeast along the Menai Straights with me keeping an eye…

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