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The Sandstone Trail Challenge: A Tale of Achievement and Discovery


Published by Stephen Roberts on 16/05/13

The tale of how I went from hating short 1.9 mile runs in school to willingly running 33 miles along the Sandstone Trail

For Petes Sake


Published by Dave Douglas on 16/05/13

For Pete's Sake

Pete's a top bloke, like a lot of my cousins I don't see enough of them but whenever we get together, usually Christmas, special birthdays, funerals and the like we always have great banter and swap stories of how our different paths have taken us.

I'm not sure what it is about my extended family but we're sure as hell not normal! Let's just say many of us live a life of colour!

An Emotional Journey


Published by Alan Harding on 16/05/13

Picture the scene, it’s a beautiful day in May and I’m 21 miles into my first ever ultra race. My calves are cramping a little but life is good and I’m “enjoying the journey”. I climb up a stile only a mile or so from my home, a stile that I’ve been over dozens of times, and I lose concentration as I jump down the other side. My right ankle buckles and I hear a gut-wrenching tear as I collapse in a heap.

Running on empty: Ultra-marathon lessons learned the Ultra-hard way...


Published by Matt Boot on 15/05/13

This isn't really a race report. Its more a series of observations based round a very long day...

Team Sparta at the Sandstone Challenge 2013


Published by James Hack on 15/05/13

My journey on the Sandstone Trail Challenge 2013. A great day for Spartans. The Spirit of Sparta grows ever stronger.

In It To Win It! Part 2


Published by Dave Douglas on 15/05/13

In It To Win It- Part 2

Before this day the longest distance I had ever run was only about 12 miles. I'm not sure what clicks inside me to make me do daft things but there must be some chemical in the brain that removes all the doubt no matter what the circumstances are and just lets you get on with it. I knew without a doubt that I would finish The Sandstone Trail that day regardless of what was thrown in front of me.

In It To Win It!


Published by Dave Douglas on 14/05/13

In It To Win It

I started to run again eight years ago to get a bit fitter for my true sport of climbing. On a climbing holiday in Calpè, Spain I was getting cabin fever after bad weather had a group of us holed up together in a typical Spanish appartment. There's only so much drinking, story telling and eating one can do!

Sandstone Trail Challenge 2013


Published by John Kleiser on 13/05/13

“Ten, nine, For Sparta, eight, seven, six, For Sparta, five, four, three, two, one, go”, we were running. Our pack funneled out of a Whitchurch car park. 33 miles and Frodsham were waiting for us. See the video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IP76ykuefgs

There and Back Again, Again


Published by Hobbit Tales on 13/05/13

The epic adventure of one humble Hobbit as he ventures forth on the Sandstone Trail.

Notes On Nerves


Published by Andy Mouncey on 08/05/13

When I was working with some world class swimmers a few years ago, one of the big issues for some of them was competition nerves.

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