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Spartan Ten Thousand #2


Published by dx1086 on 27/02/19

HAIL THE SECOND COMING OF SPARTA! AS THEY DID ONCE BEFORE, AN ARMY OF ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY RUNNERS SHALL ASSEMBLE. ONCE AGAIN, THE FINEST RUNNING CLUBS OF THE NORTH WEST AND LOCAL LONE WOLVES SHALL STAND SIDE BY SIDE. AS ONE WITH SPARTA, YOU WILL SERVE A DEADLY BLOW TO ALL OF PERSIA. OVER ONE MILLION FOOTSTEPS WILL POUND THE EARTH THAT LIES BENEATH, BEFORE IT MAKES BLOODY SACRIFICE TO THE SWORD OF LUCIFER. MAY YOUR SPEED BE THE RHYME OF THE UNHEARD. MAY THE SOUND OF 300 FOOTSTEPS BE YOUR GUIDE. THE DESTINY OF TEN THOUSAND AWAITS AT MANLEY SPRING FAIR.

The Arc of my Attrition


Published by Nick Wishart on 14/02/19

 This is a tale of an Ultra adventure that didn’t end how I planned or visualised. Mainly because it didn’t start as it was planned, but I gave it a go and I came out, as usual, older and a little wiser. Strap yourselves in, this isn’t much of a race report, it’s more like a horror story……..

In 2016 I came to Cornwall for the Arc and stepped up to the line and into the unknown for my first 100 mile race. Interesting choice, but I relished the tough challenge and somehow got to the end, weather and all. 

Running on emotion: The 2018 UTLD 100


Published by Nick Wishart on 24/08/18

I’m not writing this as a typical race report of my experience in what is well known as a tough, dig deep ultra trail race. I actually wasn’t going to write anything at all, but changed my mind after a couple of weeks of contemplation.

It’s more of a tale of a journey, fuelled almost entirely by a motivation to reach the finish that is not directly rooted in endurance sport, but a journey that I hope helps give legacy and tribute to a sadly missed dear friend.

 

 

Event Perspective

Escape From Meriden Autumn 2017


Published by Nick Wishart on 21/11/17

I love the concept of this race. I loved the atmosphere and camaraderie before the start of this race especially. The start was pretty unique and makes it worth entering just for the madness of watching your fellow competitors scatter in all directions at midnight! 

Dusk 'til Dawn 2016 - An Escapade in Dodgy Nav


Published by Alex Mason on 31/10/16

You’re at the edge of an open grassy field.  The objective is to get to the other side which is about 200m away.  Now go.

The CCC: Chrispy's Chamonix Challenge


Published by Paul Chrisp on 04/09/16

The preparation for this race began almost 2 years earlier. It’s always been at the back of my mind to do a big race in the Alps, and the CCC seemed like a logical choice. I'd got the qualifying points, secured a place and was now at the start line on a beautiful day in the Alps...

Lakeland 100: Dig deep. In fact, just keep on digging


Published by Nick Wishart on 04/08/16

I love the whole weekend vibe of being involved in this race.

This is our fourth year as a family in Coniston, having completed JTF (just the 50) for the past 3 years.

I think I had run out of excuses not to enter the 100. I’d steadily improved my experience and time each year in the 50, but was never really enticed to step up to the 100, possibly because you see a lot of 100 legends in a pretty dark place as you pass them by!

UTLD 100 2016 - An Epic Adventure


Published by Alex Mason on 04/08/16

UTLD 100 2016 – An Epic Adventure.

Whilst this event is still fresh in my head I want to get down as much as I can to try and make some sense of what just happened.

Be warned though – you will be entering my mind, you may not like everything you read!  Some of the content maybe out of order, it’s difficult remembering 105+ miles!

Scott Supertrac Kinabalu. Thoughts on a year’s worth of running


Published by Nick Wishart on 01/03/16

Strava sends you a nice little message when the mileage on your running shoes reaches the point that I imagine shoe manufacturers want you to go and buy some more. I have always seen a maximum mileage number as a bit arbitrary myself, as it depends on so many different individual variables. When I ran in road shoes I could tell when the soles had gone ‘flat’ and I needed some more. It varied, but 500 miles was decent for me as a neutral gait runner. With trail / fell shoes, the uppers never stay in one piece long enough for me to worry about how many miles they have done!

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