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Gritstone Trail part 2 of 3


Published by John Kleiser on 11/08/13

"You know how we were saying these trails were great, well this bit isn't".

Ultra Marshalling an Ultra Marathon: Lakeland 100


Published by Matt Boot on 09/08/13

Marshalling a race always seemed a thankless task, but then I've only ever done shorter races, up to half marathon distance, until just recently. Standing around, wearing a high viz vest, saying well done, keep going has never seemed fun. Then I was persuaded last year to marshal the Lakeland 100 mile race, as Spartan Steve Mee was entering, Spartans Dave Douglas and Martin Clayton were running the Lakeland 50 mile race, and it was a way to show support. As a result, I got a free place for this year's race, and because my superhero alter-ego is Captain Sensible, I marshalled again. Having done this twice now, the whole thing still brings up more questions than it does answers.

LAKELAND 50: ‘Spartan Spotting’-The Supporters Story!


Published by Val Whittaker on 02/08/13

So after months of preparation (you know the kind; occupying children singlehandedly at the weekend, organising childcare for the race weekend, preparing a flag to the exact specification of a 4 year old “it has to be just like my Spartan top - but big enough to drape around my shoulders like an Olympic runner”) the race week finally arrived and the countdown and last minute checks began......

UTLD 50: Coping in the absence of a Plan B


Published by Nick Wishart on 02/08/13

I am sat in a comfy chair at Mardale, cup of tea in hand, trying to focus my eyes, stand up and face the climb up Gatesgarth Pass. It wasn’t meant to be like this, with the taste of vomit still clinging to my throat. I expected to breeze in, share a few happy words with the Spartan Army and fill the bottles before marching on to Kentmere.

The weekend so far had been fantastic. Camped in a field with around a 1000 like minded  ultra nutters gave me a buzz and the air of anticipation was heightened after cheering off the 100 runners.

Ironman v Ultrarunner


Published by Jon Moorhouse on 31/07/13

 

 

There are no big or small tasks, all are of equal importance.

 

The Lakeland 50 (or half hundred) is a 50 mile hilly fun run that accompanies the Lakeland 100 as part of the Ultra Tour of the Lake district.

 

Confidence is currency!


Published by Paul Chrisp on 31/07/13

I'd hoped to do the L50 in 2012, so when the chance came round in 2013 I grabbed it and made sure I was as ready as I could be. If confidence was currency, I wanted to be feeling minted!

Back from the dead


Published by James Hack on 30/07/13

The 2013 Lakeland 50. The hardest, most rewarding test of endurance I've done yet.

There and Back Again, 6 Times!!


Published by Hobbit Tales on 23/07/13

 

It's past one o'clock in the morning and I haven't had my supper! Not only that, I am stuck. Trying to find my way across a river I cannot see. It is all that Rangers' fault. But I can't go back without the apple. What would I say? What would he do! 

 

The Sh


Published by Dave Douglas on 18/07/13

The Sh

As Steph returns from her early morning swim in Hatchmere Lake I'm desperately pulling my last few items together. The last few days have been very hot and I want everything in order for my run, plus the next few days I'll be living in Sheffield so I need to pack a bit extra.

As bad as it sounds I needed to get out of the house as soon as possible, I was been hunted down by external forces.

I'm in the van and on the road, I breath a sigh of relieve. The odds are better stacked now, this is it, it me against me and there can only be one winner!

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