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!

Cotswold Way 100km 2019 – Here we go!

Here we go again! Tomorrow is the Ultra Challenge Cotswolds Way 100km. I first attempted this race last year and it was my first ever attempt at an ultra marathon. The weather was boiling hot, I wasn’t sufficiently prepared and I dropped out at 94km.

Not this time! I’ve run 24 ultra marathons since then, have plenty of experience of hot weather running (tomorrow is promising to be another scorcher) and I’m much fitter than last year.

I’m dialling down the kit I’m carrying this year. Having never run an ultra marathon before, I turned up at start with a pack stuffed with anything and everything. I now know what I need, what works for me and what’s just unnecessary weight.

I am however carrying poles with me for the first time tomorrow. I’ve not used them in a race before but the course has over 2,500 metres of climb and it will be a good opportunity to test them out in advance of the very hilly Centurion North Downs Way 100 Miles at the beginning of August.

Holiday Running on the Jurassic Coast

I’m on holiday! Which is just an excuse to run in different scenery – in this case the Jurassic Coast.

The scenery here is stunning. It’s really made we want to run the Ultra Challenge Jurassic Coast 100km next year.

It’s also given me a chance to do some extra testing of my Salomon Sense Ride 2s – still trying to decide between those and my Nike Terra Kiger 4s for the Cotswolds Way 100km in a couple of weeks.