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Ultra Marshalling an Ultra Marathon - Getting It Right


Published by Matt Boot on 05/08/14

Delamere Spartans have marshalled the Mardale checkpoint in the Lakeland 50/100 race for three years now. Tim and I have been there each time, and each year, it's been better and better. Here are a few lessons we've learned along the way in ultra marshalling an ultra marathon...

London Marathon 2014


Published by Matt Boot on 04/08/14

Virgin London Marathon 2014. I raised over £2000 for the Walton Home From Home Appeal. Not the fastest marathon ever, but I'll be back.

Get to Mardale and everything will be alright


Published by John Kleiser on 04/08/14

“I want to stop”, “Must keep going”,

“I want to stop”, “Just another couple of minutes and you’ll be at the top”,

“I feel sick”, “Just count your steps 1,2,3,4,1,2,3,4”,

“I want to lie down”, “Come on keep going”,

“I want to go to sleep”, “Keep pushing”,

“I must stop”.

I stop.

I've Got 99 Problems Son And My Fitness Ain't One… Full Version (A Wee Spartan Blog)


Published by Dave Douglas on 04/08/14

Ok, so I haven’t had a full years training in for my UTLD100 but the mileage and running I've done over the last four months has been pretty good!

Before the off

UTLD 50: aka Groundhog Day


Published by Nick Wishart on 02/08/14

2014 Lakeland 50 was absolutely what I expected it to be and completely what I didn’t expect it to be, all rolled into one rollercoaster ride. And that just about sums this race up. If you think you can predict, or control 100% how it’s going to go, then you need to think again. That’s what makes it so difficult and so rewarding and I think, what brings runners back, year after year, regardless of previous results, finished or not.

Lakeland 100 - Never Surrender


Published by James Hack on 29/07/14

I consider myself pretty resilient both mentally and physically, but I can't test that theory sat at a desk all day. I have to rely upon my own means to take myself out of my comfort zone, otherwise I get a little bored.

Inov-8 Ultra 290 shoe; first impressions


Published by Nick Wishart on 18/07/14

When I started focusing on off road running, I discovered Inov-8 and they quickly became my shoe brand of choice. Shoe countback totals around 8 pairs so far I think. Lightweight, low drop and super grippy are the main benefits for me. So in bringing out a more ‘conventional’ type shoe, what will the compromise be? These are my first impressions of the new Ultra 290 having done one 11.5 mile run in them.

Up The Beast


Published by Dave Douglas on 11/06/14

2pm Tuesday afternoon and I see that it's 'The Beast' tonight. I'd said several months earlier that I'd enter it but then it was buried under a thousand other posts on the forum. Tied legs from the day befores hard 25 mile fell run didnt dampen my enthusiasm to give it a bash. I think I was still suffering the none competivness blues from Saturday!

So it was, four brave Spartans gathered the courage to face the Beast.

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