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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! 

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!

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!

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.

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.

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