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I've Got 99 Problems Son And My Fitness Ain't One… Full Version (A Wee Spartan Blog)


Published by Dave Douglas on 04/08/14

Ok, so I haven’t had a full years training in for my UTLD100 but the mileage and running I've done over the last four months has been pretty good!

Before the off

Up The Beast


Published by Dave Douglas on 11/06/14

2pm Tuesday afternoon and I see that it's 'The Beast' tonight. I'd said several months earlier that I'd enter it but then it was buried under a thousand other posts on the forum. Tied legs from the day befores hard 25 mile fell run didnt dampen my enthusiasm to give it a bash. I think I was still suffering the none competivness blues from Saturday!

So it was, four brave Spartans gathered the courage to face the Beast.

The Sh


Published by Dave Douglas on 18/07/13

The Sh

As Steph returns from her early morning swim in Hatchmere Lake I'm desperately pulling my last few items together. The last few days have been very hot and I want everything in order for my run, plus the next few days I'll be living in Sheffield so I need to pack a bit extra.

As bad as it sounds I needed to get out of the house as soon as possible, I was been hunted down by external forces.

I'm in the van and on the road, I breath a sigh of relieve. The odds are better stacked now, this is it, it me against me and there can only be one winner!

Opening The Shed Door


Published by Dave Douglas on 16/07/13

Opening The Shed Door

Life's getting a bit crazy at the moment and something has to give. I seem to be great at organising people/groups/walls but when it comes to me I sort of just muddle through it and hope for the best!

Finding the Shed


Published by Dave Douglas on 12/06/13

As I was climbing to the top of the Wheel Stones, in the Peak District another runner passed by below, where'd he come from I wondered? Even though I find it hard to pass rock without climbing it, I still get envious when someone overtakes/gets ahead of me! It's not a race, I don't know where or how far he's come but all I know is I need to get off the top of this rock and catch him up.

By the time I get down and find my map, I'd left at the bottom I'm after him. It's not a race, I don't know where or how far he's come but all I know is I need to and catch him up.

For Petes Sake


Published by Dave Douglas on 16/05/13

For Pete's Sake

Pete's a top bloke, like a lot of my cousins I don't see enough of them but whenever we get together, usually Christmas, special birthdays, funerals and the like we always have great banter and swap stories of how our different paths have taken us.

I'm not sure what it is about my extended family but we're sure as hell not normal! Let's just say many of us live a life of colour!

In It To Win It! Part 2


Published by Dave Douglas on 15/05/13

In It To Win It- Part 2

Before this day the longest distance I had ever run was only about 12 miles. I'm not sure what clicks inside me to make me do daft things but there must be some chemical in the brain that removes all the doubt no matter what the circumstances are and just lets you get on with it. I knew without a doubt that I would finish The Sandstone Trail that day regardless of what was thrown in front of me.

In It To Win It!


Published by Dave Douglas on 14/05/13

In It To Win It

I started to run again eight years ago to get a bit fitter for my true sport of climbing. On a climbing holiday in Calpè, Spain I was getting cabin fever after bad weather had a group of us holed up together in a typical Spanish appartment. There's only so much drinking, story telling and eating one can do!

Tigers Todger, Sheffield


Published by Dave Douglas on 02/05/13

Tigers Todger, Sheffield

 I did my first fell race last night and got my eyes widely opened (and my lungs). I expected 50ish people I got 262!

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