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A tale of two tumbles


Published by John Kleiser on 26/07/15

I sat at the back of the Lakeland 100 starting pen with my eyes closed. The music finished, it was time to go. Crowds cheered and I high-fived other Delamere Spartans as we left Coniston. Jim and I ascended together chatting and watching the beautiful Friday evening views. I pulled slightly ahead on a bit of downhill as I like to run to save my quads. We high-fived as I left and he entered the first check point (Seathwaite). He overtook me when I went the wrong way, just because the person in front is holding a gate open for you doesn't mean it is the right way.

Get to Mardale and everything will be alright


Published by John Kleiser on 04/08/14

“I want to stop”, “Must keep going”,

“I want to stop”, “Just another couple of minutes and you’ll be at the top”,

“I feel sick”, “Just count your steps 1,2,3,4,1,2,3,4”,

“I want to lie down”, “Come on keep going”,

“I want to go to sleep”, “Keep pushing”,

“I must stop”.

I stop.

Gritstone Grind 2013


Published by John Kleiser on 13/09/13

It’s 4:57am, “I might as well stop my alarm before it goes off and get up”. I wonder downstairs, “today is going to be a day to remember”. Bottles filled. Sandwiches packed. Running kit on. Fellow Spartans, Rob and Ged arrive and we drive off in the dark to pick up Andy. Everyone’s in good spirits and I’m enjoying the company as I’m expecting to spend most of the day alone. Park up in Disley. Register and board the bus to Kidsgrove surrounded by more Spartans.

Gritstone Trail part 2 of 3


Published by John Kleiser on 11/08/13

"You know how we were saying these trails were great, well this bit isn't".

Delamere Forest Dot To Dot Challenge


Published by John Kleiser on 24/06/13

Run to all the 66 posts around Delamere Forest in order. It is about 17 miles.

Sandstone Trail Challenge 2013


Published by John Kleiser on 13/05/13

“Ten, nine, For Sparta, eight, seven, six, For Sparta, five, four, three, two, one, go”, we were running. Our pack funneled out of a Whitchurch car park. 33 miles and Frodsham were waiting for us. See the video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IP76ykuefgs

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