The Salomon Unexpected Running Weekend – Barcelona

Well. How to even start to summarise this weekend. For those who don’t know I was invited, along with six others, to fly out to Barcelona with Salomon to take part in their first ever Unexpected Run Weekend. My recap of the weekend is available here and also under “Races” at the top of this page, even if it wasn’t a race.

Trail running, star gazing, an interview with Kilian Jornet, firedancing and hot air balloon riding, it was a weekend that won’t ever be forgotten. Have a read and thank you again to Salomon Running for the experience.

Centurion Wendover Woods 50 Miles and Chiltern Way Recce Run

My race recap of the Centurion Running Wendover Woods 50 Miler is now online, either by clicking here or by using the “Race Reviews” tab at the top of this page.

The review includes a section at the end on the training recce run with a group of colleagues and friends, in preparation for next year’s Yellowhammer Ultra Marathon.

And this weekend, there’s something special coming… Watch this space 🙂

Throw Back Thursday to HM PB

It’s been a particularly long week and while I’ve got a few runs in (some good, some not so good), it’s been difficult to do anything worthy of blog content.

So this week I’m going to settle for a Throw Back Thursday – to RunThrough Victoria Park Half Marathon in March 2018.

Low resolution retro

That race is still my Half Marathon PB – 1:22:48. I haven’t run many pure half marathons in the past year, with the focus on ultras. But now the sub-3 hour marathon training is back on there should be a few speedy half marathons along the way.

The North Downs Way 100 Miles – Coming Up

Here we go again. Tomorrow I’ll be running the Centurion North Downs Way 100. The 100 is a slight misnomer. The course is officially 103 Miles (165.762km!).

In the context of a 100 Mile race, an extra three might not seem like much more. But after 24 hours on your feet with no rest and 3,000 metres of climb, those extra three miles can be the difference between finishing or being cut-off by the time limits.

Checkpoints plotted for my Garmin

This will be my second attempt at a 100 Miler. The first was back at the beginning of May, at the Centurion Thames Path 100. I dropped out at mile 60, not because of any physical issue but because my mind wasn’t in it.

So no excuses this time. The weather is looking to be ideal. Around 23c, overcast and with a sprinkling of rain in the afternoon/evening to take the edge off of things.

Naomi will be meeting me at the 50 mile checkpoint and from then on will be attempting to make it via train to each of the following crew points where possible, with my parents joining at some point in the evening.

There’s a 30 hour cut off for this one, although the aim is to bring it in under 24 hours if possible. Failing that, just finishing will be fine.

I can’t really explain why I feel the need to do this, other than it’s there and waiting to be done. The same as with my sub-3 hour marathon attempts. There’s always something to be aimed for, whether it be further or faster.

I’m on a Podcast!

Oh yes indeed. When Simon Staples and Rob Cowlin asked if I wanted to guest appear on Episode 3 of Band of Runners I could hardly say no.

You can listed or download it directly at bandofrunners.podbean.com, find it on iTunes or have a listen on Spotify! The Spotify stream is embedded in the post below.

We have a chat about everything running, from race histories, favourite races, DNFs and upcoming 100 Mile Ultras. Have a listen!

Cotswolds Way 100km (DNF)

So the Cotswolds Way 100km has come and gone. With heat reaching 39°c it was brutal going and, ultimately, too much.

A DNF at the half way point was the end result. See my recap of the first 50km here!