Monday, 15 April 2013

Ultimate Trails 100k

Been really busy so far this year working on a few new projects. I'm working as the Course Director on a very exciting new event, Ultimate Trails 100k, which will be held on the 14th September. The event is the brainchild of Graham Patten of Lakeland Trails fame and promises to be a fantastic weekend of trail running in the Lakes.

The route is quite simply stunning, 100k in one day, taking in 6 mountain passes with almost 14,000 feet of ascent; it delivers views well worth the pain in your quads...There's also a 50k option to get you in the mood,  which covers the last section of the 100k route, although don't be fooled by the shorter distance as the last 50k is the toughest!

This past week was a tough one in the office as the lovely, very funny and quite potty Mr Patten and I covered the whole 100k route over 3 days fine tuning the route and working out the bad weather options. What a fantastic 3 days of running, laughing, race tales and loud singing in the fells; Graham taught me the 'Mickey Mouse Yomp' and I taught Graham the 'Pom Pom' song - you probably needed to be there!

The race website is now live at www.ultimatetrails.com with the route being released any day, but here's a few tasters...






As it was my birthday this Saturday, Dave and I went for a run out on The Grand Tour of Skiddaw route. Another fabulous day with 8 hours of running bringing my weekly mileage to 95 miles on the fells with 21440 ft of ascent. Thanks to Marcus Scotney, who not only runs for GB but is a dab hand at sports massage, I've had no calf twinges so looks like some proper training can begin!

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