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An Emotional Journey


Published by Alan Harding on 16/05/13

Picture the scene, it’s a beautiful day in May and I’m 21 miles into my first ever ultra race. My calves are cramping a little but life is good and I’m “enjoying the journey”. I climb up a stile only a mile or so from my home, a stile that I’ve been over dozens of times, and I lose concentration as I jump down the other side. My right ankle buckles and I hear a gut-wrenching tear as I collapse in a heap.

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...

Team Sparta at the Sandstone Challenge 2013


Published by James Hack on 15/05/13

My journey on the Sandstone Trail Challenge 2013. A great day for Spartans. The Spirit of Sparta grows ever stronger.

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!

There and Back Again, Again


Published by Hobbit Tales on 13/05/13

The epic adventure of one humble Hobbit as he ventures forth on the Sandstone Trail.

The Three Peaks Race: Unfinished Business


Published by Nick Wishart on 06/05/13

Last year this event was one of my identified A races for the year. Me, Steve, Andy and Jason set off from the field in Horton, expecting a challenging but great day over the Three Peaks of PenyGhent, Whernside and Ingleborough. Unfortunately, a little over 40 minutes later, my race ended prematurely, as just after dibbing in at the first summit, I turned my ankle badly on the descent. I was devastated to DNF, but even after a trial hobble in an effort to carry on, it was clear my day was over.

For a while last year, I actually considered adding a warning sign to myself:

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!

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...

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