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The CCC: Chrispy's Chamonix Challenge


Published by Paul Chrisp on 04/09/16

The preparation for this race began almost 2 years earlier. It’s always been at the back of my mind to do a big race in the Alps, and the CCC seemed like a logical choice. I'd got the qualifying points, secured a place and was now at the start line on a beautiful day in the Alps...

Ultimate Trails 110: a Spartan Odyssey


Published by Paul Chrisp on 17/07/15

Just before 10 to 6 on a Saturday afternoon and I’m crossing the line at the end of the Ultimate Trails 110k Challenge. It’s the end of quite a day, the longest ultra I’ve ever done, by about a half marathon, a real odyssey. I’m delighted that I’ve achieved my major objective of completing the event and even more delighted that I did it in 17 hours 34 minutes, within the 18 hours I had in mind.

Flingtastic journey!


Published by Paul Chrisp on 30/04/15

When I walked the West Highland Way (WHW) last May, I thought it was a great way to recce the Highland Fling, and the idea to run it soon percolated to the front of my mind as firm goal for 2015. The difference of course is that I’d be running what we took a leisurely 4 days to walk!

3, 2, 1 - Go, lad!


Published by Paul Chrisp on 27/04/14

It was the 60th anniversary of the iconic Yorkshire Three Peaks race, and my 100th race, so it was a special occasion

Gritstone Grind: the power of the phalanx


Published by Paul Chrisp on 13/09/13

The phalanx was a formidable formation of infantry in ancient Greece, traditionally associated with Sparta - would it work for a formidable formation of modern day Spartans taking on the Gritstone Grind?

Confidence is currency!


Published by Paul Chrisp on 31/07/13

I'd hoped to do the L50 in 2012, so when the chance came round in 2013 I grabbed it and made sure I was as ready as I could be. If confidence was currency, I wanted to be feeling minted!

The definition of insanity


Published by Paul Chrisp on 18/05/13

Einstein said that the definition of insanity is doing the same things over and over again and expecting different results. He may not be on everybody's list of motivational gurus for runners, but for my second attempt at the Sandstone Trail Challenge, Al set the tone for my build up and approach to the event. Last year I didn't do enough long runs, drank too much water on the day and carried too much stuff. The result was cramp from about halfway and a time below what I felt capable of.

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