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Round the Rock | Jersey Ultra

I like elevation, I do. The monotony of continual flat running, for anything over marathon distance, is a mental challenge to which I rarely look forward. So I lean towards races with some climbing. This breaks up the run and forces you to walk giving you natural rests in between efforts. The problem with Round the Rock on Jersey, as ...

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Serpent Trail 100km | South Downs Country Park

Serpent Trail 100k Race

Getting up at 3am is never fun or easy. Honestly, when I look at some people on my Strava account and see that they’ve already finished their training session by 6am, I am amazed. I can only just muster enough gusto to climb out of bed early for a race. You will rarely find me doing it merely for training! ...

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South Downs Way 100 | A Nightmare from Start to Finish

It would be wrong to say I know nothing about what it’s like to DNF in a race. Last year I took on my first and only full distance triathlon, the Bastion at Hever Castle. I couldn’t finish, partly because I had two punctures on the bike section and missed the cut off as a result, but mainly because I ...

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Transvulcania Ultra 2017 | A Procession of Stars

Transvulcania Ultra 2017

I stood at Roque de Los Muchachos, 2400 metres above sea level, the highest point in La Palma, and the highest point of the Transvulcania Ultra. Clouds far below me, stunning scenery all around me. ”Legs don’t fail me now” I whispered to myself, as I started the 20km descent to Tazacorte. Transvulcania Ultra 2016 See, last year’s was a ...

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Guernsey Ultra | GU36

Guernsey Ultra GU36

Until recently, I had never been to any of the Channel Islands. So when new Race Director, Peter Tiffin, asked me over to film up and coming race, the Guernsey Ultra or GU36, I absolutely jumped at the opportunity. Ferry From Poole As you might have guessed, the Guernsey Ultra is a 36 mile race around the entire coast of ...

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Arc of Attrition

Arc of Attrition 2017

Arc of Attrition – Remember when we were kids in the 70s and our parents would drive us down the M5 to Cornwall with the rest of the UK population, for the summer holidays? After sitting in stationary traffic on the motorway outside Exeter for the first few days, we would finally arrive at the campsite or rented cottage and ...

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Wendover Woods 50 | Centurion Running

Wendover Woods

By now, if you are a regular reader of the Film My Run race reports, you will be well aware that I picked up a bit of an injury towards the end of the summer. Since returning, I have completed the Beachy Head Marathon and the Thames Meander Marathon. For some reason, I did perfectly well at the very tough, ...

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Grim Reaper Ultra 2016 or Joint Winners

Grim Reaper Ultra 2016

A year ago, Richard and I took part in the Grim Reaper Ultra 70 mile race. It was a step up for us. We had run the Brecon Beacons Ultra in 2014, which was 46 miles but we didn’t feel ready to make the leap to a 100 mile race. I mean it’s a hundred miles for goodness sake. So ...

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South Downs Way 100 – Centurion Running

South Downs Way 100

“One hundred miles??? You ran a hundred miles? How do you even DO that?” is the way my son’s school teacher reacted when I told her I’d run the South Downs Way 100 over the weekend. She didn’t ask, I just told her because I’m a runner and that’s what we do. We love it don’t we? You know, that ...

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Transvulcania Ultra or Poles? We don’t Need Poles

Transvulcania Ultra 2016

If you’re going to put yourself through hell, you might as well do it in heaven, eh? When I took part in my first race back in 2010, at the age of 40, I thought running might become a nice hobby to keep me fit. But if completing the Transvulcania Ultra has proved one thing, it’s that running is no ...

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South Downs Way 50

South Downs Way 50

The South Downs Way 50 was just another race in a long line of races so far in 2016. Last weekend I ran the Paris Marathon, the weekend before that was the World Half Marathon Championships in Cardiff. The week before that I ran the CTS Endurance Life Ultra in Eastbourne, before that, the Larmer Tree Marathon, Steyning Stinger Marathon, ...

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Endurance Life CTS Sussex or I CAN Cross the Road by Myself

Endurance Life CTS Sussex

This was my first experience of an Endurance Life Coastal Trail Series event. The Endurance Life CTS Sussex consisted of a 10k race, a half marathon, a marathon and an ultra. Richard and I obviously decided to kill ourselves and run the ultra. Around 6000ft of climbing through the Seven Sisters Country Park from Birling Gap, to the Cuckmere Valley, ...

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Thames Trot 50

Thames Trot 50

50 miles? Easy. I can run 50 miles with my eyes closed and my legs tied together.  How do I know? Because I completed the Thames Trot 50 2016. Not only that but, given the conditions, I didn’t feel like death at the end. Tough race you ask? No, no, no, no, nooooo, no, urm, yes. On Any Other Day ...

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Fowlmead Challenge

The Fowlmead Challenge is a 6 hour timed event. Run as far as you can or as far as you want in 6 hours round a loop of the Betteshanger Country Park in Kent. Horrendous Weather We got out of the car, after a good two hour drive from Worthing, into freezing rain and a battering wind. ‘Why the hell ...

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Portsmouth Harbour 50k Ultra

Portsmouth Harbour 50k Ultra

It’s so much warmer this year. Last year I was wrapped up with my gloves and a buff and jacket for the Portsmouth Coastal Waterside Marathon . This year we arrived for the inaugural Portsmouth Harbour 50k with the temperature a good 10 degrees warmer. Family Day Out The forecast was for it to be overcast all morning and I ...

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Uk Trail Running Championships – Stort30

UK Trail Running Championships - Stort30

The UK Trail Running Championships Stort30 is a 30 mile race, which is around 48km in new money. It just scrapes into the ultra category as far as I am concerned. The course runs 15 Miles out from Bishops Stortford along the River Stort and back again. Back to Back Marathons Having run the Beachy Head Marathon the day before, ...

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Downs Link Ultra 2015 – 38 Miles

Downs Link Ultra 2015

The Downs Link Ultra is a 38 mile race from the top of Martha’s Hill, near Guildford in Surrey, to Shoreham-by-Sea in West Sussex. Apart from the start it is pretty flat through the whole 61 kilometres. Downs Link Ultra The Downs Link Ultra is so called because the route uses the footpaths and trails which link the North Downs ...

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High Weald Challenge – 50k Ultra Trail Race

High Weald Challenge 2015

High Weald Challenge 2015 – Having struggled a little with the Purbeck Marathon the week before I was a little pensive heading in to the High Weald Challenge, a 50k Ultra through Ashdown Forest in East Sussex. The hills would certainly not be as difficult but the distance might prove my undoing. Lazy August It’s interesting looking at my Strava ...

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Salisbury 54321 50k Ultra

Salisbury 54321 50k Ultra

The Salisbury 54321 50k Ultra was to be my fourth ultra distance, following the Longman and Brecon Beacons Ultras last year and the Grim Reaper 70 miler 8 days before. Salisbury 54321 50k It is set in the mythical county of Wessex starting and finishing on the green beside Salisbury fire station. I was under the impression that the reason ...

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Grim Reaper Ultra 2015 – Race Report and Video

Grim Reaper Ultra 2015 70 Mile Race 2015

Before the Grim Reaper Ultra 2015, Richard and I had previously only run two ultra distance races. Last year we ran the Longman Ultra, a 33 mile race along the South Downs Way, and the Brecon Beacons Ultra, 46 miles over the famous Welsh hills. Why we thought this qualified us to take on 70 miles is anybody’s guess. Still ...

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Brecon Beacons Ultra 2014

Brecon Beacons Ultra 2014

It was only three years ago that I ran my first marathon, in Paris in 2012. If you had asked me then if I could run a 46 mile ultra marathon over the Welsh hills, I would have laughed and told you to….well I can’t say what I might have said. Longman Ultra Earlier this year a friend at running ...

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Longman Ultra – Race Report

Longman Ultra

My first ultra distance! Sometime ago, my friend Richard asked if I’d like to run an ultra with him. My response was not dissimilar to “Heavens man, what are you thinking? Good Lord no.” Actually it was quite dissimilar to that, but you get the idea. However, as time passed over the summer I mellowed a little and even began to ...

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