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(Not) Keeping up with Kilian!

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On the 8th July 2018, history was made in England. The record for the Bob Graham Round, a fell-running challenge in the Lake District comprising 66 miles of rough terrain traversing 42 summits, was emphatically broken. The previous record set by Cumbrian fell runner Billy Bland in 1982, a blistering time of 13hr53mins, stood unchallenged for 36 years, leading many to believe that it would never be broken. Pretty lucky then that on the eve of an attempt by the best mountain/ultra-runner the world has arguably ever seen I happened to be staying just 2km from Keswick, where the challenge … Continue reading

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Light Relief

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  A word about lighting. When running, your chief concern from dusk til dawn – is night time visibility.  That much is obvious. But as you strive to secure that largest, most powerful equipment known to mankind, it might be wise to consider some of the more practical concerns associated with moving at speed through the darkness.   Here is my advice, based entirely on experience: Criteria for a running headtorch are as follows: Light – enough, but not over kill.  There are torches out there which put my car’s headlights to shame, but in reality – if you can … Continue reading

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Serotinal

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The chill in the early morning air is palpable, so I pull the sleeves down on my shirt to keep it at bay a little longer before laboriously manoeuvring my feet into a pair of well worn shoes. It shouldn’t be such an effort, but it is 6am and Finlay was up a few times through the night needing to be fed. I’m not feeling particularly alert, my head is fuzzy, and I’m only huddled here on the doorstep because my wife instructed me to ‘get up and get it done’. I start my watch and ease into a gentle … Continue reading

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Write it Down

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  I’ve been running a regular route through the Porter Valley and up to the Oxstones on the boundary of the Peaks for the best part of ten years, and this last weekend, I ran a PB on it. At least, I think I did. I’m fairly sure I’d never dipped under thirty one minutes before until Saturday’s 30:15 effort. I don’t write this stuff down. Of course, I could go back through my training ‘log’, but that’s just an accumulation of numbers made up from three or four different watches over a period of several years, with few (if any) reference … Continue reading

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33/56 – Spin

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There was good news on Tuesday evening when I had an assessment session with Pete down at the Accelerate Performance Centre. My recovery has progressed slightly ahead of schedule and there is a possibility of starting very light training again in two weeks, a fortnight earlier than we had first thought. By ‘very light’ we are talking an initial fifteen minute session, the middle five of which is a walking break. I’ll take it. I’m increasingly impressed with the development going on down at APC. The recently refurbished treatment room is looking great and the range of services continues to … Continue reading

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Running and the Beyond, a Note for Beginners

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  Allow me to tell you a story. By way of introduction, it’s a story about me – if you’ll excuse the occasional drama – and a story about running. And you can be in it too, if you like. I’ll try to keep it brief, because there’s more to come on my new blog. There’s always more to come. We’re always beginning again. I’ll tell you the one about how I came to running, a few reasons why I run, and why I’m interested in coaching runners of all abilities. So I’ll start with hope, and hope to end … 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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Scotland 2015: 40th birthday trip

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  I just returned from a great trip to Scotland.  I was treated to a stop over by my close friends, who’d clubbed together and paid for the entire thing, in order for me to go hike the CMD arete onto Ben Nevis. I’d done the same route in clear autumn, but these were proper winter conditions.  After driving via Glasgow for a night in a hotel, we drove the rest on the Friday.  The idea was to do something in Fort William Friday, then spend Saturday doing the main hike. Well, the mountaineer of the group – Gavin, suggested … Continue reading

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Oh what a night.

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  I’ve just been getting used to running more frequently, having gotten a real ‘buzz’ out of my new Saucony Triumph ISO•SERIES road shoes.  They’re so comfy and easy to run in, I’ve managed to run every day for the first time in months.  I’ve actually had a small blister on my right foot as a result, but that’s to be expected when you start using your foot in a completely new way, more often and allow yourself to run faster, spending a lot more time with more force through the big toes. What helped then, was Wednesday evening – … Continue reading

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WORLD OF WEIRD (WOW): Part Three – Woo Hoo!

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  Quick question:  Does anybody else get a subconscious urge to go faster, or indeed go faster when they see either a) a traffic light switch to green, or b) a national speed limit sign?     I think it’s just the combination of driver and road runner in me, but while I’m tootling along at a comfortable (or not so comfortable) pace, as soon as one of these pops up, I’m lifted psychologically.  It’s just impulse – but just as I would respond in the car, I get a sudden sense of liberty, like I’ve been granted permission to … Continue reading

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