Tag: trail running

The training is going well and the weather has been generally kind to us with no extremes to speak of except a bit of wind (more on that later). We didn’t get to do any biking on my ‘rest’ week due to one thing or another although I did manage to get the almost compulsory parkrun in on the Saturday morning. The next long run started once more at White Coppice Cricket Ground but this time the weather was decidedly damp, the sort of weather where you’re not sure if…

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As you can probably gather from the title I’ve entered Trail Marathon Wales again this year which is held towards the end of June at Coed Y Brennin. Wendy is doing the half again and we’re staying overnight on the Friday and Saturday evenings so we can make the most of the weekend in Snowdonia. This past weekend was the first of my planned trail runs which will get gradually longer as the race draws nearer. Happily the weather was fantastic and the first official day of spring was perfect…

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I sometimes forget just how changeable the weather is here in Lancashire, this past couple of weeks has been a classic example, as I ended up on top of Healey Nab, Chorley, for two consecutive weekends. Mid February saw a group of us set off from sweatshop Chorley for a 10mile(ish) trail run which went over the Nab down the side of Anglezarke Reservoir, up to the Wellington Bomber Memorial then back North along the other side of the reservoirs to White Coppice then west back to the shop. Although…

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I’d been looking forward to the Montane Trail 26 Rivington trail run for a while and with it being on my local stomping ground I’d run most of the route before, admittedly not all at once. My training had been going to plan until a few weeks ago, getting out of the car after a parkrun I felt a sharp pain in my heal, I panicked a bit but after seeing Heather at Summit Physiotherapy it was soon sorted with a bit of not so gentle poking at my calves.…

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After an early(ish) start for porridge and coffee we loaded the bikes into the car along with bags of gear and made our way to Coed-y-Brenin for another run round the magnificent Snowdonia national park. Driving through a few showers on the way we were pleased that Snowdonia was being kind to us as the weather cheered up a little as we parked the car at about 10am. Filling our water bottles in the visitor centre, we started our morning run along the Goldrush trail. The trail was a lot…

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Almost a year ago we ran one of our longest trail runs, “The Newborough Forest 2011 Commonwealth Trail“, so after fueling with porridge we made our way (the whole 10 minutes) to the main car park to have another go at it. Last year the heat was almost unbearable so we were relieved to see a few clouds when we arrived but these soon dispersed and I was relieved I’d put on some sunscreen. The car park was fairly empty so we knew the forest would be peaceful and after…

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The time had come and we set of from Lancashire towards Snowdonia for the Trail Marathon Wales. The drive down through North Wales’ mountains was beautiful, made even more so by bright blue skies with only the odd small cloud (thank goodness we’d packed sunscreen ). Arriving at the Coed-y-Brenin visitor centre around lunch time and after parking the car one of the first things we saw was a sign pointing towards registration. It was real, we were really here, I don’t think I could have been more excited if…

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So it’s just under a month until my first marathon, “Trail Marathon Wales” at Coed-y-Brenin, Snowdonia and I’m starting to get excited and admittedly a little anxious as well. Will my training have been OK? Have my previous injuries fully healed? Have I planned and practiced my fuelling strategy well enough? These and a thousand other questions will no doubt enter and leave my head in the coming month but as each one has surfaced, so far I can confidently say, Yes. I am as ready as I want to…

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It’s been a while since my latest ramble so I thought I’d better put pen to paper (all be it digital) before I forget what we’ve been up too. After our success at the Inskip half marathon we had a bit of a change and did a bit of mountain biking with my younger brother acting as guide and mentor on our first forays around the biking trails at Delamere (earlier in the year) and Llandegla more recently.We had an excellent time and I only came off a few times,…

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It’s been just over three weeks since we returned from our first running residential with the trail running group from SRC Chorley. It still amazes me I can say or even write the words ‘trail running residential’, if you’d have mentioned that we’d have been going away for a weekends running a a year ago I’d have looked at you as if you’d gone completely bonkers but as the weekend approached we got more and more excited until we finally arrived, mid Friday afternoon, at The Bunkhouse, Clapham, which was…

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