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Running the French Alps

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People will travel the World to discover the best Mountain Trails and a number of areas have become ‘musts’ to visit. None more so than Chamonix in the heart of the French Alps, more so if you are based within Europe. Chamonix, has always been well known as a ski destination and as Trail and Mountain Running developed, so the Ultra Tour du Mont Blanc was instigated and is now considered to be one of the top long distance events in the World.  As a result during the key racing period accommodation in the area can be tougher to find … Continue reading

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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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OMMbelievably We Survived – by Anna Hoogkamer

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  Anna Hoogkamer runs for Team Accelerate-inov-8 and is a seasoned Fell Runner.  Equally at home on Cross Country events, or Fell Running competitions (such as Accelerate/inov-8’s Gritstone Series), the 28th & 29th October 2017 marked her first foray into Mountain Marathons, with entry into the now infamous ‘OMM’ (Original Mountain Marathon).  Below is her account:             The Original Mountain Marathon (the OMM to those in the know) is something I’ve wanted to do since the moment I first heard about it – two days of running in the fells, a night of camping and … 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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From Sheffield to Chamonix – Part 2. Kneehab.

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Training was going well until the first week of August, where one bad foot plant in the middle of a brilliant session repping Win Hill set me back about four months. The knee problems that have plagued me since the win at Kielder came back to the fore, and it was a mad dash down to the Accelerate Performance Centre to see Pete Down and get an assessment. In twenty four hours I would be on a plane bound for Geneva and a connection to Chamonix for a training weekend in the very mountains I would be racing in at … Continue reading

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How to run to work.

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  Before I share a few tips on making your run to work routine convenient and effective, there are a few basic factors to consider if you’ve never run to work before.  Many of these suggestions are ‘common sense’, so forgive me if they seem obvious, but sometimes it’s the little or simple things that get overlooked.   Firstly – do you live far enough from work that a run seems worth the effort?  If you’re less than 2 miles from where you work, I’d consider walking – or going for a longer run that eventually leads to work.  Almost … Continue reading

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Back on the Bike…

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It was back in April that the opportunity to run the Scott Snowdon Trail Half Marathon raised it’s ugly, oversized and rather massive head (See previous Buzz post >> ). The objective to sort one’s left leg into something that resembles the one on the other side. Uhmmm… With the more recent addition of the ‘zip’, that it would appear may not be possible.  Yet the plan of getting one leg ‘running fit’ again altogether another proposition and back in line with the other, really, a necessity. So here’s the thinking. I am 15-months out off rupturing my left quad tendon.  Yep, … Continue reading

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‘Sense’ of Mountain Running

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Funny, it may well have been a while since my last proper running trip to Snowdonia, yet with a week booked the last two things I expected was Costa del Wales and footwear that made ‘Sense’ out of Mountain Running. I love the Peak District, the running in the whole area is very good with options of open fell side and very hilly trails.  It is a good proving ground for the higher regions over to the west and of course further north. Choosing training routes that climb, descend, then climb a few times more, with the corresponding descents, can … Continue reading

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Less of the Rushup, More Kick-Back and Relax…

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Cyclists do it so why can’t us runners? You often see a large ‘peleton’ of cyclists stopped in a quaint village, with bikes stacked neatly, as the riders sup on tea and cake in a cycle friendly cafe. So why can’t us runners do the same?  In fact, running route choice for the less competitive amongst you could include a cafe stop in just the same way as the cyclists do. Where time is not of an issue, merely the fun of completing a good half days run, or more, then a cafe destination, actually does make sense. A sit … Continue reading

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City Trail Blazing with Anna Frost and Salomon

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Ok, here we go, it’s ‘heads up time’… Running in a new place can be both daunting and exciting at the same. Exploration in new cities, or out in the country can be great fun. Yet so often our home town or city can offer more than we realise. So how about a little exploration on your door step? Old places, new places all offer more potential than we probably all realise. From flights of steps, city parks, edge of town countryside and even canals and river links. Newer areas, even our older industrial areas offer more than we may … Continue reading

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