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Here I go again: UTLD 100 2019


Published by Nick Wishart on 16/08/19

Another year and another weekend in Coniston at the end of July. I’ve been making this journey since 2013, since I first arrived as an ultra novice to run my first ever 50 mile race.

Even last year as I prepared for my 5thUTLD and second L100, I felt nervy and uncertain. It was probably because I knew I wasn’t adequately prepared and knew what suffering lay ahead!

What got me through last year was an unbreakable will to finish, inspired by the loss of one of our closest friends just 2 weeks earlier.

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! 

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!

Arc of Attrition 2016 Race Report


Published by Nick Wishart on 10/02/16

 

Attrition. Noun; the process of reducing something’s strength or effectiveness through sustained attack or pressure

The Arc of Attrition had its inaugural year in 2015 and is a 100 mile coastal ultramarathon, held in winter on the South West Coastal Path over exposed and remote terrain in many places. Designed to be an extreme challenge with strict cut offs, the degree of difficulty to complete is also dependent on prevailing Atlantic coastal conditions.

RingOFire 2015; a circumnavigation tale of Ynys Mon


Published by Nick Wishart on 24/09/15

Motivation is everything. When you want something this much, then you surely will prevail. Well, after 3 days spent running 135 miles, I have proven to myself beyond doubt if there ever were any, that the mind rules the body and your legs will go where you direct them.

 This could be a long race report and so I feel that I need to set the context.

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.”

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