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The Dark Art of Bog Trotting – through the eyes of a road runner

I’ve done a few fell and trail races over the years but my main focus has been road running. I never thought there would be much difference between the two, other than the obvious difference of trail races being on a marked route that you have to follow and fell races being totally the opposite. There is no set route, you chose the route you take, providing that you visit all of the check points. The actual terrain on the races I have done has been very similar, uneven, rocky tracks but still on mostly runnable ground or it may be that I have just entered the wrong or right races depending how you look at it. To finish the year off I said I would enter some long trail and fell races to try and regain my hill fitness before starting my plan for the Fellsman and Lakeland 50 next year. Last week I decide to enter Grin ‘N’ Bear it, a fell race in the  Peak District starting from the Langsett Reservoir, a CL category fell race, 16 mile long with 1939 feet of ascent. The weather conditions on the morning of the race were perfect for racing but boy was I in for a shock, this was like no race other race I’ve ever experienced. The race started along the top path of Langsett Reservoir on a good runnable track, before we started the relentless climb to the top of the Cut Gate Path. I was working hard on the climb to keep in touch with a small group in front of me, probably too hard at this early stage as my heart rate was around 180 bpm. I’m currently trying to get better at running up hills as this is an area that I need to improve on. My legs were on fire by the time we reached the first check point at the top of Cut Gate . From the picture below, you can see the pain on my face. Continue reading

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Project Ultra Marathon

Over the last 12 months I’ve been thinking more and more about going back to my roots and therefore I have started to focus on trail and ultra racing again and for the last six months I have started to run a little more on the trails and I’ve entered a couple of races which I have done pretty well in . In 2012 I started walking in the Peak District with my two boxer dogs and completed a few walking challenges like the Lyke Wake Walk and the National 3 Peaks. It was while doing these challenges I came across the Lakeland 100 which coincided with my father in law getting diagnosed the cancer. I was instantly hooked on this event and I really wanted to challenge myself and see how far I could push myself which led me to think it would be a great idea to enter this race and try to raise some money for Cancer Research UK along the way. In 2013 I completed my first ultra race which was The Fellsman which is a high level traverse covering more than 60 miles over very hard rugged moorland. The event climbs over 11,000 feet in its path from Ingleton to Threshfield in the Yorkshire Dales. Followed by the Lakeland 100 ‘Ultra Tour of the Lake District’ which is one of the most spectacular long distance trail race which has ever taken place within the UK. The circular route encompasses the whole of the Lakeland Fells and includes in the region of 6300m of ascent. I managed to raise over £3,000 for Cancer Research UK. Continue reading

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