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Scott Snowdonia Trail Marathon Race Report

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  Ouch. Snowdonia Trail Marathon – done! …but not very well. Pre-race was all about building the ascents, working in some hills and preparing for some long slow climbs.  The intention was to run the entire thing, no walking. The race plan was to root myself in level 2 and maintain pace without slowing down.  Patiently waiting for that all important downhill and the final 5 miles from the summit.  If I felt fresh enough I could enjoy/exploit the downhill and finish fast. It was not to be. I think I might have embarked upon this race a little dehydrated.  … Continue reading

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Snowdon Beckons…

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It almost feels as if the runners of Sheffield are all heading out to the Scott Snowdonia Trail Marathon and Half this coming weekend.  The course, having taken a look last weekend, looks a corker. For me and the majority of the Team Accelerate Runners will be competing in the half: Julian Lings, Chris Shelton and Dot Kesterton, plus myself and Colin Papworth making up the numbers. Chris ‘HoughBoy’ and Stu Walker will be going the full distance, along with special guest Lee Walker (Just to prove that Walker’s can run!). The course is typical Snowdonia. A mass start and … Continue reading

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WORLD OF WEIRD (WOW): Part Six – The Bionic Botch.

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  This made me laugh – as I leafed through this season’s free copy of RunABC North: An article about this guy, Keahi Seymour, who’s spent the last 20 years slaving over his passion project, Bionic Boots, but still hasn’t perfected them. He’s taken his ‘inspiration’ from Ostriches (fastest bipedal animals) – and the way they load their Achilles Tendons for efficient running (just like humans do, but don’t tell him).   In his video, we see him ‘running’ in the boots, which appears to be very hard work, a long way from the efficiency that inspired them in the … Continue reading

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#SnowdoniaTrailMarathon

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  It’s been a long time coming.  I almost wasn’t entered (thanks to missing the email invite).  I’ve trained as well as I can, given my routine and City based location.  My run to work has changed from almost pan flat, to hilly as can be tolerated.  I’ve gotten lost half a mile from my house.  I’ve crept through Gypsy camps, dodged large dogs, encountered strange men in bushes and survived wrong turns under pylons and across railways.  I’ve scaled railway bridges via steep sided banks. All pretty standard I’m sure – for anybody about to take part in the … Continue reading

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Scott Trail Rocket 2.0: Put to the test in the Pyrenees

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There is nothing like a change of scenery to help re-invigorate your training. Last week I upped sticks from Dublin and headed to the Pyrenees for some big mountain training. With the sun shining and the temperature in the mid 30s, this was clearly going to be a really good challenging week. As you can see from the pictures this is a stunning area with amazing running and cycling on offer. If are tempted to head out there, I can’t recommend Saint Lury Soulan highly enough. Great town with climbs galore around it. Ahead of the Scott Snowdonia Trail Race … Continue reading

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1st month back as a runner

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I’ve been back running for just over a month now and I think I’m beginning to fall back in love with it. I went out on Sunday in the rain which would normally have been the first reason to go back to bed but I loved it! I also discovered Rivelin Valley is great as the trees shelter you from the rain. Sunday’s run was my longest, I ran for 47 minutes, 35 of those were consecutive and then a few bits of walking up the hills home. Have you ever run from Rivelin back up to Walkley? It’s a … Continue reading

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The Run In…

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Two weeks to go. The Scott Snowdon Trail Half Marathon beckons. As ever with so little time to go you wander if training could have gone better? Should I have done more? For me, will my leg hold up on the downhill?  Well, unless the unforeseen strikes we are about to find out. That’s it, end off. There is one last long training run to go, then it will be time to taper. There is no real gain in the last two weeks of trying to cram anything extra in. I plan to cut back on the time on my feet … Continue reading

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Out of the Box: MIzuno Wave Sayonara 3

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This is the third incarnation of this popular road training shoe. For many running longer distances it has also become a go to racing shoe and at 250 grams (210 for the women’s specific version) you can kinda see why. The original Sayonara came about as the ever popular Precision was discontinued, along with the Elixir. So the two became one – well sort of.  A stiffer wave plate and firmer midsole made it more of a new shoe and less of a compromise. The new Sayonara 3, however, is a different proposition to version 1 and 2.  The drop, … Continue reading

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Out of the Box – Montrail Bajada II

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The Montrail is making a welcome return to these shores, with the arrival of the Bajada II Trail Shoe.  It’s a welcome return at that and it extends across Europe. What’s more – Montrail will now be the official footwear sponsor of the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc®, one of the World’s most sought after race entries. And exclusive to Accelerate in the UK we have the officially badged UTMB® Bajada II and it’s looking good. Montrail have a reputation for designing rock solid, value for money running footwear that perform way more effectively than their price point might suggest.  It … Continue reading

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WORLD OF WEIRD (WOW): Part Five – Clowning around.

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  It was June 14th, at the Edale Country Day.  We’d done with the Edale Fell Race (Round 3 of the Gritstone Series) and had been busy helping people with all kinds of running related queries, as well as kitting up a few opportunist runners who’d spotted something useful among the bits we’d brought from the Store. This was my fourth time at the show.  Fourth time I’d manned the stall and not taken part of the race itself.  So what’s weird about that? Well – each and every time this exact scenario has occurred, I’ve seen the same fella, … Continue reading

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