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Ultra Marshalling an Ultra Marathon - Getting It Right


Published by Matt Boot on 05/08/14

Delamere Spartans have marshalled the Mardale checkpoint in the Lakeland 50/100 race for three years now. Tim and I have been there each time, and each year, it's been better and better. Here are a few lessons we've learned along the way in ultra marshalling an ultra marathon...

London Marathon 2014


Published by Matt Boot on 04/08/14

Virgin London Marathon 2014. I raised over £2000 for the Walton Home From Home Appeal. Not the fastest marathon ever, but I'll be back.

Ultra Marshalling an Ultra Marathon: Lakeland 100


Published by Matt Boot on 09/08/13

Marshalling a race always seemed a thankless task, but then I've only ever done shorter races, up to half marathon distance, until just recently. Standing around, wearing a high viz vest, saying well done, keep going has never seemed fun. Then I was persuaded last year to marshal the Lakeland 100 mile race, as Spartan Steve Mee was entering, Spartans Dave Douglas and Martin Clayton were running the Lakeland 50 mile race, and it was a way to show support. As a result, I got a free place for this year's race, and because my superhero alter-ego is Captain Sensible, I marshalled again. Having done this twice now, the whole thing still brings up more questions than it does answers.

Running on empty: Ultra-marathon lessons learned the Ultra-hard way...


Published by Matt Boot on 15/05/13

This isn't really a race report. Its more a series of observations based round a very long day...

Hawks, Lakes and a Coffin


Published by Matt Boot on 01/05/13

I like racing, but I'm not sure why. This race helped me to see more clearly some of the reasons why I do it...

Believe what we tell you...


Published by Matt Boot on 11/04/13

Maybe I'm a bit gullible, but I've been listening to a few people, and am beginning to believe what they say...

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