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"One day, these will be the good old days"


Published by Alan Harding on 05/08/15

Race organiser Marc Laithwaite's words at the race briefing on Saturday morning really resonated with me.  He spoke about how it’s all too easy to get your head down and plod on, especially during the inevitable low points during a 50 mile race, and not appreciate where you are and what you’re doing.  Whinges and moans during the race quickly get forgotten afterwards and replaced with conversations about how great it was, yet when you’re actually there on the course and in the thick of it, it’s all too easy to ignore your surroundings.  Let’s not forget that the Lakeland 50 w

Apocalypse 100... JetPac's First 100 Mile Adventure...


Published by Jason Stobbs on 29/07/15

 

Apocalypse 100

Originally the 100 mile challenge was on my radar for 2016, but a good Ultra running friend Neil had decided to take on the challenge in 2015 and was looking for some camaraderie and a friendly face to run this with.  It was the day of Neil and Joanna’s wedding (August 2014) when Neil dropped in relaxed drunken conversation “You are doing the Apocalypse 100?”  With intrigue I enquired about this challenge and the day later I sent a text to Neil “I’m in see you at the start.”

Lakeland 50; Here We Go Again


Published by Nick Wishart on 28/07/15

One of the first things that crossed my mind at about 10:25pm on Saturday night was; no blog for me thank you. That was an initial reflection at the end of a race that frankly went arse up when the cramp put a halt on proceedings on the way up Garburn Pass.

 However, there is always something to be learned from a race and reflection helps you improve, so I’m sat at the computer after all, glass half empty thoughts banished. My blog is basically notes for personal future reference.

A tale of two tumbles


Published by John Kleiser on 26/07/15

I sat at the back of the Lakeland 100 starting pen with my eyes closed. The music finished, it was time to go. Crowds cheered and I high-fived other Delamere Spartans as we left Coniston. Jim and I ascended together chatting and watching the beautiful Friday evening views. I pulled slightly ahead on a bit of downhill as I like to run to save my quads. We high-fived as I left and he entered the first check point (Seathwaite). He overtook me when I went the wrong way, just because the person in front is holding a gate open for you doesn't mean it is the right way.

Ultimate Trails 110: a Spartan Odyssey


Published by Paul Chrisp on 17/07/15

Just before 10 to 6 on a Saturday afternoon and I’m crossing the line at the end of the Ultimate Trails 110k Challenge. It’s the end of quite a day, the longest ultra I’ve ever done, by about a half marathon, a real odyssey. I’m delighted that I’ve achieved my major objective of completing the event and even more delighted that I did it in 17 hours 34 minutes, within the 18 hours I had in mind.

Ultimate Trails 110k; All night and most of the day


Published by Nick Wishart on 02/07/15

 Two things attracted me to this race; a distance challenge above 50 miles, having done several of those already, but below 100 miles, as I tend to be made of glass at times! Secondly, the midnight start gave me a chance to run all night and experience an endurance race on zero sleep. There is a third; I just love the Lake District!

Sandstone Trail Time Attack 2015


Published by Nick Wishart on 11/05/15

Being our local trail and nearest ultra, this event has steadily attracted more Spartans year by year and now has a special place in my calendar.

 I have run the full distance about 9 times now, so I am pretty familiar with the route.

This includes two epic, cold December night time headtorch runs, with my last pilgrimage coming on a hot Easters day with Dave and Andy. I guess we must like this trail!

Did not finish, or did not fail?


Published by Stephen Roberts on 11/05/15

Failure. That is the only feeling a felt as I got my phone out of my pocket and phoned my mum to pick me up from Barnsbridge Gate. Spartans never quit. We just keep going despite looking like death but I just couldn’t.

The race had been going perfectly. My only aim at the start of the race was to finish. After completing the London Marathon two weeks before, I had not specifically trained for this kind of race. My fitness was absolutely fine though so I knew I could finish and I just wanted a PB, even if it was just by one second.

Flingtastic journey!


Published by Paul Chrisp on 30/04/15

When I walked the West Highland Way (WHW) last May, I thought it was a great way to recce the Highland Fling, and the idea to run it soon percolated to the front of my mind as firm goal for 2015. The difference of course is that I’d be running what we took a leisurely 4 days to walk!

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