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UTLD 50: aka Groundhog Day


Published by Nick Wishart on 02/08/14

2014 Lakeland 50 was absolutely what I expected it to be and completely what I didn’t expect it to be, all rolled into one rollercoaster ride. And that just about sums this race up. If you think you can predict, or control 100% how it’s going to go, then you need to think again. That’s what makes it so difficult and so rewarding and I think, what brings runners back, year after year, regardless of previous results, finished or not.

Inov-8 Ultra 290 shoe; first impressions


Published by Nick Wishart on 18/07/14

When I started focusing on off road running, I discovered Inov-8 and they quickly became my shoe brand of choice. Shoe countback totals around 8 pairs so far I think. Lightweight, low drop and super grippy are the main benefits for me. So in bringing out a more ‘conventional’ type shoe, what will the compromise be? These are my first impressions of the new Ultra 290 having done one 11.5 mile run in them.

Mud, sweat and nettles SST 2014


Published by Nick Wishart on 09/06/14

Sitting down to write up a great weekend of running, it struck me that the Sandstone Trail defines my journey into the world of long distance trail running over the past three years since the Delamere Spartans was formed.

Excalibur Marathon 2014


Published by Nick Wishart on 12/05/14

I didn’t enter this race last year as it unfortunately clashed with other events. This years race was exactly 2 weeks after the Highland Fling Ultra 53, so no excuses not to have a go really……

A Far Flung Fling Adventure


Published by Nick Wishart on 30/04/14

My second 50 is in the bag, allowing inevitable comparisons to be made between the two. This blog explores my thoughts on what went well and why and so is my personal reflection rather than a race report, which may or may not be of use to anyone else but really helps me when I reflect in a few months!

Tales from the Skyline


Published by Nick Wishart on 24/03/14

Having done the Yorkshire Three Peaks race last year and loved the challenge, I wanted to add another tough classic Blue Riband AL race to the list while my joints will still let me, so this year the Edale Skyline race came onto the menu as I will missing the Y3P and running the Highland Fling next month instead.

Anglesey CTS Ultra Jan 2014 "A bit damp"


Published by Nick Wishart on 19/01/14

You learn a lot about yourself when you think you have nothing left to give and it is indeed true that there is always a little bit more to be squeezed out than you thought possible. I went into this event on the back of 5 days watching The Spine Race, with a set of remarkable athletes, including Charlie Sharpe, displaying extreme levels of staying power to complete 268 miles of the Pennine Way and that single thought is what dragged me over this particular finishing line.

The Gritstone Slither


Published by Nick Wishart on 19/12/13

Running a linear route over a great trail with a friend, a few hills and lots of mud is just what you need to re discover the satisfaction of trail running. That was the goal for the Hack and Wishart and here is the ramble about our ramble yesterday.

UTLD 50: Coping in the absence of a Plan B


Published by Nick Wishart on 02/08/13

I am sat in a comfy chair at Mardale, cup of tea in hand, trying to focus my eyes, stand up and face the climb up Gatesgarth Pass. It wasn’t meant to be like this, with the taste of vomit still clinging to my throat. I expected to breeze in, share a few happy words with the Spartan Army and fill the bottles before marching on to Kentmere.

The weekend so far had been fantastic. Camped in a field with around a 1000 like minded  ultra nutters gave me a buzz and the air of anticipation was heightened after cheering off the 100 runners.

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